Internet Safety & Privacy

National UnFriend Day

National UnFriend Day

This past week Jimmy Kimmel announced a new holiday, “National UnFriend Day” to be observed on November 17, 2010. In his monologue, Kimmel pokes fun at the people that have 500+ Facebook “friends.” He reminisces of the days when the term “friend” actually had some meaning. All joking aside, there is a real privacy risk…

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Internet and Privacy – Never the twain shall meet
kb variant

kb variant

Security researchers warn that a new drive-by download attack is capable of infecting Windows, Mac OS X and Linux systems with a new variant of the notorious Koobface worm. The attack was spotted on social networking websites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, the usual hunting grounds of the Koobface gang. It begins with users receiving…

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(Not so) Private Facebook Profiles – What you need to know.

(Not so) Private Facebook Profiles – What you need to know.

So, you have meticulously gone through all of your Facebook account and privacy settings and locked everything down. You have set everything to “Friends Only” or “Only Me.” You think that you are pretty well protected from people you don’t want finding you right?…Wrong! It appears that profiles that have been set to private are…

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Firesheep – Point and Click Hacking for the Technologically Impaired
Anonymizer Survey Reveals Most Web Users Are Unclear about Online Safety Tools

Anonymizer Survey Reveals Most Web Users Are Unclear about Online Safety Tools

Anonymizer announced the results of a recent consumer survey, and some of the findings were surprising. 75% of respondents believed a firewall and another 62% believed anti-virus software both offered online identity theft protection. Firewalls are used to protect a computer against rogue and malicious intrusions. Anti-virus software scans files, hard drives etc in an…

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Your cell phone could be making you sick!

Your cell phone could be making you sick!

Your cell phone has 18x more bacteria than a public toilet handle! Ok, I’ll admit the title of this article could be a little misleading, but anytime you access a social site, make a telephone call or do any activity that requires you to utilize your touch screen, you could be exposing yourself to a…

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Social Media and Suicide

Social Media and Suicide

Tragically, these two seem to go hand in hand these days. Cyber bullying recently claimed its fourth victim in as many weeks. The latest casualty – Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student that jumped to his death off of the George Washington Bridge. This was in response to his his roommate secretly taping and streaming…

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Social Justice – Vigilante Social Media Activism
Facebook Places – The Good, The Bad and The Fugly

Facebook Places – The Good, The Bad and The Fugly

The much anticipated launch of Facebook’s geo-location rival to Foursquare finally came to fruition this week. So, what exactly is Facebook Places and how does it work? Facebook places brings location-based features to social networking using gps enabled computers and devices. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, summed it up pretty well in the press conference…

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