Internet Safety & Privacy

Researcher Reveals that it’s Possible to Friend Most Anyone on Facebook

Researcher Reveals that it’s Possible to Friend Most Anyone on Facebook

Do you add people whom you don’t really know in real life to your Facebook? If you don’t, then kudos to you, your profile is probably way more secure than those who do. But are you sure that the people you added are really who they say they are? Security and Online Behavior Researcher, Nelson…

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Facebook Reaches Settlement with the FTC

Facebook Reaches Settlement with the FTC

Facebook’s dubious privacy practices have long since been considered as open invites for heavy criticism. However, critics believed that there was little that the company actually did to address complaints, often resorting to a strategy of forcing platform changes and then just waiting for the hubbub to die down”. However, in 2009, Facebok finally made…

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Survey Says – Employers Facebook Stalk Employees and New Hires Alike

Survey Says – Employers Facebook Stalk Employees and New Hires Alike

Here’s a disturbing little tidbit: a cyber-safety survey conducted by Telstra showed that 25% of employers check social networking accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, in particular) before making a decision on hiring. About 50% of them said that what they saw on the net caused them to forego some candidates. Is it even fair for…

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Facebook Could be Forced to make Targeted Advertising Opt-In

Facebook Could be Forced to make Targeted Advertising Opt-In

For most Facebook users, Targeted Advertising has already become a fact of life. At first, the very idea of the social networking site gathering information from our comments and posts and using this information to send us ‘targeted ads’ caused ripples of protest to run through the entire user base. It was considered a violation…

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How a Friend’s Hacked Facebook Account Can Compromise Your Privacy and Security

How a Friend’s Hacked Facebook Account Can Compromise Your Privacy and Security

I had an ironic situation occur a while back – a close family member had their Facebook account hacked. Despite all of my warnings and admonitions, this young person I hold dear fell victim to a Facebook scam. My wife called and asked me why they had changed their name on Facebook. This immediately sent…

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Facebook Smart Phones: Is your data the motivation?

Facebook Smart Phones: Is your data the motivation?

For over a year now, word has been going around on the techie grapevine that Facebook is developing their own smart phone. Well, that rumor has now been confirmed. Strangely enough, the Facebook phone is called “Buffy” and will have social media seamlessly integrated into its design. Facebook has allegedly been talking with various Smart…

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Facebook Can Aid and Increase Success Rate of the ‘Grandma Scam’

Facebook Can Aid and Increase Success Rate of the ‘Grandma Scam’

Just by virtue of owning a Facebook profile, we are giving people a peek into our lives – a window, so to speak. The size of that window mostly depends on how much we post on Facebook. However, Facebook itself is structured in such a way that what our friends post can also influence the…

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'Sneaky Hat' – (Almost) Nude Pics Put Youth at Risk

'Sneaky Hat' – (Almost) Nude Pics Put Youth at Risk

First it was planking, then owling, and now this – Sneaky Hat, the worst of all the fads that have so far propagated through Facebook. Sneaky Hat is a new craze wherein teens post a picture of themselves completely naked except for a hat covering their private parts. The fad allegedly originated from Queensland, particularly…

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Online Shopping Safety Tips

Online Shopping Safety Tips

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner. Many shoppers will avoid the mayhem and madness of brick and mortar establishments in favor of online retailers. Online shoppers are a favorite target of cyber criminals. Your credit card details, banking information and personal data are under constant assault from cyber criminals trying to…

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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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