Internet Safety & Privacy

Friend Request Sends Sex Offender Back to the Slammer

Friend Request Sends Sex Offender Back to the Slammer

36 year old Victor Gaston, a North Carolina Sex Offender found his way back to prison after he allegedly sent a Facebook friend request to his victim. He was previously convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child along with five other offenses namely assault with a deadly weapon, felony larceny, failure to register as…

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Facebook Admits to Cookie Tracking Allegations

Facebook Admits to Cookie Tracking Allegations

When the Cookie Tracking issue on Facebook first exploded, users and non-users were aghast to find out that the social networking site could possibly be tracking our online activity. But Facebook brushed it off with an excuse saying that all information gathered through the cookies are “anonymized” and that they were only doing it for…

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Facecrooks Talent Search – Open Call for writers, bloggers and broadcasters!

Facecrooks Talent Search – Open Call for writers, bloggers and broadcasters!

Hello Facecrooks fans, We’ve recently reached 100k fans and would like to thank you all for your support! 2011 has been a great year for us, and we have BIG plans for 2012! Of course, we’ll keep sending out scam alerts, updating you on privacy issues and keeping you in the know on the top…

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Today is National Unfriend Day on Facebook

Today is National Unfriend Day on Facebook

“Friends” is a term that has already been bastardized by social networking services such as Facebook. Before, the people we call friends usually consisted of a small group of persons with whom we have shared meaningful experiences with. Now, however, our friend lists are saturated with the names of people we don’t even talk to…

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Why is Facebook Disclosing Less Data to Requesting Users than Before?

Why is Facebook Disclosing Less Data to Requesting Users than Before?

A few months ago, a group calling themselves “Europe v. Facebook” emerged. This group consisted mostly of Europeans who were sick and tired of how Facebook allegedly violates a person’s privacy and keeps more data about the user than was originally intended. The group, headed by law student Max Schrems, filed 22 complaints with Ireland’s…

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Android App Erases Facebook Posts and Comments

Android App Erases Facebook Posts and Comments

If you want all traces of your Facebook activities deleted, all you need to do is to go to your account settings and deactivate your account. Of course, it’s not really deleted. As we have covered in the past, your data is still sitting on a Facebook server somewhere. In fact, you can easily summon…

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Facebook breaks silence on Porno Spam Attack

Facebook breaks silence on Porno Spam Attack

Andrew Noyes, a Facebook representative, told Mashable the following: “We have recently experienced an increase in reports and we are investigating and addressing the issue.” There has been much speculation on who originated and orchestrated the recent pornographic spam attack. Some went so far as to claim Anonymous had hacked Facebook and was the culprit.…

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Denard Robinson's Twitter Gets Hacked: The Importance of Security in Social Media

Denard Robinson's Twitter Gets Hacked: The Importance of Security in Social Media

Privacy and security issues in social media are obviously a huge concern to many of the people who use these types of sites. Most of the people who actually show their personal information don’t understand the consequences they could face, and the others probably don’t care. It is more important now than ever before to…

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Judge Rules Teacher Should Lose Job over Facebook Post

Judge Rules Teacher Should Lose Job over Facebook Post

Facebook is often an outlet for some people – a place where their innermost thoughts can be shared with friends. The wisdom of using it for such, however, is highly questionable. Many people have lost their jobs or gotten suspended from school because they had a case of “TMI” on their Facebook wall. In fact,…

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Facebook and FTC Close to Settlement: Opt In Policy to be Implemented

Facebook and FTC Close to Settlement: Opt In Policy to be Implemented

Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are said to be on the verge of reaching a settlement over the company’s privacy practices – a settlement that would fly in the face of how Facebook has implemented new features in the past. The changes would definitely go a long way in helping users obtain the…

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