Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook and Websense Partner up to Combat Malware

Facebook and Websense Partner up to Combat Malware

Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site, has enjoyed unparalleled growth in the past few years. The site can boast of a user base consisting of more than 800 million people – an incredibly impressive achievement, all things considered. Unfortunately, as the social networking site’s population grew, so too did the number of opportunist scams.…

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Facebook partners with Websense to Protect Users from Malicious Links

Facebook partners with Websense to Protect Users from Malicious Links

Facebook is partnering with Websense to help protect the millions of Facebook users from dangerous and malicious links. Scammers and malware distributors are attracted to Facebook like moths are to flames. If you have been on Facebook for any length of time, you have likely seen questionable posts and links on a friend’s wall. As…

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Frictionless Sharing and your Privacy – What you need to know.

Frictionless Sharing and your Privacy – What you need to know.

There are several changes that are set to happen on Facebook this coming week, and one of them happens to have huge implications on user privacy. “Frictionless Sharing”, as Facebook dubbed it, has the potential to change the flow of information on the social networking site, but at a great cost. The premise behind “Frictionless…

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Google+ vs Facebook Privacy – Infographic

Google+ vs Facebook Privacy – Infographic

Facebook has been on the hot seat again lately for violating user privacy. Anytime, new features are implemented, advocates, bloggers and analysts all chime in on how your privacy is affected. In addition to the normal hoopla surrounding the platform changes at F8, an Australian blogger discovered that Facebook continues tracking users even after they…

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Did you know that you have a Facebook “Permanent Record?

Did you know that you have a Facebook “Permanent Record?

Most people might be surprised to find that Facebook keeps a record of just about all of your activity on the site. Actually, in this day and age, where privacy has officially been declared dead, it really isn’t all that surprising at all. If you live in the European Union, then you have the right…

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The Facebook Cookies Saga: U.S. Law Makers Press for FTC Investigation

The Facebook Cookies Saga: U.S. Law Makers Press for FTC Investigation

Even with the explanations provided by Facebook about how their cookies helped protect the users, many remained skeptical of the true purpose of these cookies. Unwilling to take the company’s word as is, Representatives Joe Barton of Texas and Ed Markey of Massachusetts sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting for an…

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Facebook Creates Political Action Committee

Facebook Creates Political Action Committee

Facebook looks like it’s foraging for more ‘friends’ in Washington with the creation of its new Political Action Committee. Zuckerberg and Co. have just filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Committee. This will enable the company to legally funnel donations to the candidates they feel will further their cause. “FB PAC will give…

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Facebook denies tracking user activity after log off – Do you trust them?

Facebook denies tracking user activity after log off – Do you trust them?

Recently, there was a huge uproar over a discovery made by an Australian Technologist concerning Facebook’s cookies. Nik Cubrilovic analyzed Facebook’s cookies and saw that once you log out of the site, the cookies aren’t removed or deleted but simply changed. Your account ID is still embedded in these cookies, so whenever you visit a…

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How to keep Facebook from tracking your activity after you log out.

How to keep Facebook from tracking your activity after you log out.

Recently, there was a huge uproar over a discovery made by an Australian Technologist concerning Facebook’s cookies. Nik Cubrilovic analyzed Facebook’s cookies and saw that once you log out of the site, the cookies aren’t removed or deleted but simply changed. Your account ID is still embedded in these cookies, so whenever you visit a…

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Judge Allows Teenage Sexual Predator to Keep his Facebook Account

Judge Allows Teenage Sexual Predator to Keep his Facebook Account

The Taunton Crown Court recently allowed a 19-year old sexual predator to keep his Facebook account despite his transgressions. The judge said that a Facebook ban would be ‘particularly excessive’ and that doing so would only deprive the teen of ‘social traffic’ taken for granted by his peers. Callum Dower had been using Facebook for…

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