Internet Safety & Privacy

Buyer Beware: Chicken Pox Lollipops sold via Facebook are dangerous and illegal!

Buyer Beware: Chicken Pox Lollipops sold via Facebook are dangerous and illegal!

There’s a new fad that’s currently making its rounds on the largest social networking site: Chicken Pox Lollipops. This isn’t a name for a new lollipop with a chicken pox texture gimmick (as disgusting as it sounds). The name means exactly what it implies – lollipops that are said to contain the Chicken Pox Virus.…

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Almost 80% of burglars use social media as a surveillance tool

Almost 80% of burglars use social media as a surveillance tool

“Off to the mall to buy a new pair of shoes” “I’m heading to Starbucks, anyone want to come with me?” “The weather here in Honolulu is just wonderful!” Have you ever posted something similar on your Facebook page? If you have, then you might want to rethink your social media habits. Seemingly inane status…

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Facebook: Zombie Bot Invasion

Facebook: Zombie Bot Invasion

Here’s a possibility that could make your Halloween extra creepy: a Zombie Invasion. Not the brains-eating, rotting-corpse kind, mind you. I’m talking about a zombie bot invasion on Facebook, the world’s largest social network. The technology for such a thing is already available today. In fact, that hot chick adding you up on Facebook –…

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Does Klout Cross the Line on User Privacy?

Does Klout Cross the Line on User Privacy?

Klout is a company that utilizes an algorithm that gathers data from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and YouTube to measure people’s influence on the internet. It’s one of the several social media analytics websites that are cropping up these days, possibly one of the fastest growing ones. In fact, Klout now boasts of having given…

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Breast Cancer Awareness Photos Censored by Facebook as Pornography

Breast Cancer Awareness Photos Censored by Facebook as Pornography

“Users are not allowed to post content that: is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.” That’s Facebook’s basic rule for any content that is posted on the site – something which users have to agree to before they’re even allowed to create an account. Unfortunately for Facebook,…

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Researcher Detects Major Security Flaw on Facebook

Researcher Detects Major Security Flaw on Facebook

Nathan Power, a senior security penetration tester at technology consultancy CDW, has just given Facebook users yet another reason to be vigilant about checking the security of every message they receive on the social networking site. According to him, there is a major flaw in Facebook that allows a person to send malicious applications through…

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Facebook Security Testing 2 New Tools – Trusted Friends and App Passwords

Facebook Security Testing 2 New Tools – Trusted Friends and App Passwords

Facebook Security issued a blog post today revealing some new security features that will soon be available to users. The first one is called ‘Trusted Friends.’ This will help users gain access to their Facebook accounts if they fail to remember their password, don’t have access to their email account or if they are locked…

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Belleville Woman Charged over Facebook Identity Theft

Belleville Woman Charged over Facebook Identity Theft

Dana Thronton, a 41-year old woman from Belleville, is in trouble because of a Facebook Profile that she created after her break up with Parsippany Detective Michael Lasalandra. She created a Facebook account using his name and birth date and even went so far as to upload pictures of him and post comments as if…

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New York Sex Offender Locator now available on Facebook

New York Sex Offender Locator now available on Facebook

Halloween is a holiday that most children really look forward to. It’s one of the few times in the year that they can dress up as monsters, superheroes or anything they want and parade through the neighborhood. However, as fun as Halloween is, it can sometimes be a big source of worry for parents. It’s…

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Pink My Profile Bogus Keylogger Warning

Pink My Profile Bogus Keylogger Warning

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Several companies and non-profit organizations run promotions and fundraising events to support the cause. Such is the case with the latest Facebook hoax. CUA is a financial institution in Australia, and they developed a unique way to raise awareness for breast cancer awareness. Users can install a Facebook application…

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