Internet Safety & Privacy

Afraid of being hacked? Download your Facebook data just in case.

Afraid of being hacked? Download your Facebook data just in case.

We read an article recently about a young lady that had her Facebook and other accounts hacked. Not only were the scammers on a mission to discover as much sensitive and valuable information as possible, but they left a wake of destruction in the process. They deleted her address book, email messages and items on…

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Should sex offenders have the right to communicate through social media?

Should sex offenders have the right to communicate through social media?

A 22 year old resident of Queen Anne’s County was arrested for sending lewd text messages to a 13 year old girl asking her to have sex with him. The young girl befriended William Lee Embrey on Facebook and the sex offender got her mobile number from the site. Unbeknownst to him, the girl’s father…

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Do you have the right to keep your private items private on Facebook?

Do you have the right to keep your private items private on Facebook?

Insurance defense attorneys have one purpose during the litigation process—deny the plaintiff coverage payments from the insurance company. Although very harsh, this statement is true. Before reacting though, please remember that there are two sides to every story and they are only doing their jobs. Therefore, a primary objective of the defense attorneys is proving…

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Secure your Facebook account with HTTPS in three steps

Secure your Facebook account with HTTPS in three steps

Facebook recently implemented a new security feature that allows users to browse Facebook with a SSL encrypted connection. Before this feature was installed, only the Facebook login was encrypted. This new feature will help secure users from extensions like FireSheep, provide better security on wifi networks, and help protect against cyber attacks. Anything that can…

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Egypt's Internet Blackout:  Defeating a Social Media Fueled Revolution

Egypt's Internet Blackout: Defeating a Social Media Fueled Revolution

Under the dictatorial rule of Hosni Mubarak since 1981, Egypt has been plagued with political uprisings mostly due to a struggling economy since the 1990’s. The Population rate is steadily rising, with a yearly increase of 2% on top of an already burgeoning 80 million people. 40% of the Egyptian population lives below poverty level…

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Beware:  Credit Collection and Insurance Agents Could be Posing as Friends in your Facebook Profile

Beware: Credit Collection and Insurance Agents Could be Posing as Friends in your Facebook Profile

Credit card companies are now processing data found on Facebook profiles to determine whether to approve credit for a user, his spending habits, and his capacity to pay off debts and even whether to close his account entirely. This is called social media monitoring or ‘social graphs’ used to create consumer profiles for users. Data…

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Till Facebook Do Us Part

Till Facebook Do Us Part

The United States has topped other countries in the number of divorces per year. Divorce rates were relatively low during the 1960’s, with a score of only 9.2 per 1000 married women. It significantly rose to 22.6 per 1000 married women in the 1980’s—a score directly correlated to women’s increasing financial independence and the no-fault…

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Facebook turns user actions into ad dollars with Sponsored Stories

Facebook turns user actions into ad dollars with Sponsored Stories

Facebook launched “Sponsored Stories” today. This is a new ad format that basically takes user actions and converts it into promoted content. Jim Squires, Facebook Product Marketing Lead told Mashable, Sponsored Stories is “a way for marketers to sponsor activities that happen throughout the News Feed.” This will allow marketers to create Facebook ads from…

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Facebook named most popular blacklisted website

Facebook named most popular blacklisted website

A research report from Open DNS was released today, and Facebook was named as the most blacklisted website – oddly enough it was named as the second most whitelisted site also. 14 percent of companies that blacklist (block) websites site Facebook as a primary on their list. MySpace came in at 10 percent and YouTube…

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Social Media and Human Trafficking

Social Media and Human Trafficking

A 15 year old was kidnapped from her own driveway while her mother was inside. She was kept in a dog cage for 40 days and was threatened that her captors would go after her family if she did not cooperate. She was advertised on craiglist.com and was turning in a hefty profit each night…

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