Internet Safety & Privacy

Study finds most social media users do not check shared links for malware

Study finds most social media users do not check shared links for malware

A BitDefender study released this month revealed that 97% of respondents click any shared link on Facebook® and Twitter® without first checking the link for malware. The goal of the study was to determine if human curiosity is still the best tactic for cyber crooks and malware agents that target members of popular social networking…

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Facebook mobile dasboard gives more privacy controls

Facebook mobile dasboard gives more privacy controls

In October, Facebook launched a new dashboard that gives users a single view into how applications use personal data to enhance their experience. This feature shows all of the applications that have been authorized and what data is utilized. The user can see when an application last accessed their data, and applications can be restricted…

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The new Facebook Profile – Any cause for alarm?

The new Facebook Profile – Any cause for alarm?

Out of no where, Facebook hit its community with a redesign of user profile pages. The main changes put more emphasis on photos and display a summary of a user’s relationship details and profile summary in a more prominent manner: Facebook sent the notification of the profile redesign via its company Twitter account on Sunday…

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12 Tips for Cyber Monday Safety

12 Tips for Cyber Monday Safety

Black Friday has come and gone. Shoppers continue to search high and low for great deals, and online retailers are gearing up for what hopes to be a record breaking sales season. There is a strong possibility that you will receive opinions and offers from your Facebook friends or pages that you have “liked.” So,…

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20% of Facebook Users Exposed to Malicious Newsfeed Posts

20% of Facebook Users Exposed to Malicious Newsfeed Posts

Safego is a Facebook application created by software security manufacturer BitDefender. Safego scans social networking profiles for malicious code e-threats, spam and other vulnerabilities. http://www.facebook.com/Facecrooks#!/bitdefender.safego. One staggering finding revealed by Safego statistics is that 20% of Facebook users are exposed to dangerous or malicious posts present in their newsfeed. BitDefender analyzed the user accounts of…

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Is Facebook Policing Messages an Invasion of Privacy?

Is Facebook Policing Messages an Invasion of Privacy?

Facebook is now blocking messages that contain links to torrent sites or other pirated content. Wired.com reports that Facebook has been blocking torrent links on Facebook walls and newsfeeds since last spring. If a user tries to send a message that contains a link to a torrent site, they receive a message stating, “This message…

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Enhance your privacy with the Super Logoff

Enhance your privacy with the Super Logoff

If clamping down the privacy settings on your Facebook page isn’t enough to help you sleep at night, take a cue from the youth of America. Try the “super-logoff.” Performing the trick doesn’t take superhuman powers. Instead of just closing a browser window or clicking the “log off” button at the top right of the…

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Facebook introduces Account Protection security feature

Facebook introduces Account Protection security feature

Facebook has released a new security feature called “Account Protection” for its users that notifies you how secure your account is. A bar graph is displayed showing your overall security level based on your privacy, security and applications settings. Settings range from “very low” for minimally protected accounts to “high” for those users that have…

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Becoming a father or mother was the greatest gift of my life – Facebook Pedophile Hoax

Becoming a father or mother was the greatest gift of my life – Facebook Pedophile Hoax

We recently received a question asking us if there was any truth to a posting that has been seen spreading on Facebook. The warning circulating is advising people to not join a Facebook group called “becoming a father or mother was the greatest gift of my life.” The posting goes on to say that a…

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Is your phone number published on Facebook?

Is your phone number published on Facebook?

A lot of Facebook users include their phone number(s) in their personal profile information. Facebook makes this information easily available by accessing your “friends” page. If you click the “Phonebook” link a listing of all your friends, and their numbers will be displayed. A lot of smart phones sync your mobile contacts with your Facebook…

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