Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook ID Cards: Could they be in your Future?

Facebook ID Cards: Could they be in your Future?

Here’s a little peek into what could possibly be a fixture in our future: Facebook ID Cards. Last October 11, the company applied for a trademark on the usage of “Facebook” on “cards, namely business cards and non-magnetically encoded identity cards”. The application is open for all to see and on trademark search engines such…

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More Brits Leaving Internet Passwords in Wills

More Brits Leaving Internet Passwords in Wills

The idea of people leaving their Facebook passwords in their wills is certainly not a mainstreaan concept- at the moment. However, if one really stops to think of it, our growing reliance on internet based services prompts the necessity of such action. In fact, a study conducted in behalf of Rackspace, a cloud computing company,…

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Your Data, Facebook's Trade Secret

Your Data, Facebook's Trade Secret

In the wake of Europe vs. Facebook’s “Annoy Facebook” campaign, those who participated discovered something very fishy: Facebook claims that it is not required to give a user a ‘complete’ copy of his or her data if, in doing so, the company will be compromising its ‘trade secrets’ or ‘intellectual property’. It’s a bit of…

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Spotify Sharing Bug Fixed

Spotify Sharing Bug Fixed

Spotify has been in the spotlight for several weeks now – but not for the reasons that it would have liked. The music streaming service is one of the first to embrace the new ‘frictionless sharing’ feature Facebook announced at F8. As it turns out, however, Spotify users aren’t too keen on having their listening…

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Burglar Busted by Facebook

Burglar Busted by Facebook

If you’re going to push through with a burglary, then you’d better make sure that there’s little that can connect you with the crime in question. Leaving your cell phone behind – yeah, that’s a huge no no; leaving your cell phone that’s connected to your Facebook page – even worse. 24 year old Oscar…

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Thief Posts Photos of Himself on Victim's Facebook Page

Thief Posts Photos of Himself on Victim's Facebook Page

There are some criminals who make things too easy for the cops, like this one guy who accidentally posted a picture of himself on his victim’s Facebook page. According to the report, the victim’s car was broken into last September 26. The only thing taken was the victim’s purse, which contained most of her valuables.…

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Facebook Slammed with 5 Lawsuits over Cookie Tracking Fiasco

Facebook Slammed with 5 Lawsuits over Cookie Tracking Fiasco

In the wake of Nic Cubrilovic’s revelations about the suspicious behavior of Facebook cookies, the social networking site has been hit by lawsuit after lawsuit, all accusing the site of ‘violating wire tap laws’. To date, the number of suits related to the cookie issue amounts to five in total, three of which were filed…

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30% of teens and young adults have had their Facebook hacked by a 'Friend'

30% of teens and young adults have had their Facebook hacked by a 'Friend'

A survey conducted by the Associate Press-MTV revealed that 3 out of 10 teens and young adults have had their social networking accounts subjected to unauthorized access – usually by friends or by people they know personally. They queried a total of 1,335 participants between the ages 14 and 24 about the matter, revealing some…

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Why Facebook's partnership with Websense falls short on protecting users.

Why Facebook's partnership with Websense falls short on protecting users.

Earlier this week Facebook announced a partnership with Websense to help keep users safe from outgoing malicious links. Security experts have weighed in on the issue, and while a step in the right direction, this will not be enough to secure the platform. The Websense collaboration will provide users with great protection on what lies…

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Facebook Timeline: Open Graph Apps to be Reviewed before Publication

Facebook Timeline: Open Graph Apps to be Reviewed before Publication

One of the biggest causes of problems in Facebook is the social networking site’s laissez faire approach to applications. Developers have much freedom over the interface and can pretty much upload whatever they want. This results in a surplus of spammy applications that clutter up not only the newsfeed but also the person’s profile. Facebook,…

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