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Rape Victim Plans to Sue Facebook for Not Taking Down Fake Page Created in Her Name

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A Massachusetts woman plans to sue Facebook for not taking down a Facebook page that was created in her name by her rapist, who used the page to post nude photos of the woman and publicly embarrass her. “I could not walk my own dog down the street without being made to feel like a […]




Beware of Bogus UGG Outlet Store Scams on Facebook

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Scam Message: Messages like the one shown below are being spammed to Facebook Groups and possibly through other channels on Facebook (messages, newsfeed, etc.) Scam Type: Fraudulent Online Retailer Trending: December 2013 Why it’s a Scam: Clicking the scam link redirects you to the site shown below: Don’t let the good looks fool you. Scammers […]




How to Edit Your Facebook Friends List and Why You Should

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Facebook is well known for having confusing and obscure and privacy controls. The little things do make a difference, and this is especially true when it comes to your online privacy and security. Facebook gives users the ability to control who sees their friends list. We recommend setting this feature to ‘Only Me.’ When cyber […]




[Phishing Alert] Facebook Scam Says Users’ Friends Have Been the Victim of Crime

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There is a new spam message making the rounds on Facebook that purports to show criminals who have taken advantage of users’ friends. The spam message says that either the sender of the message or another friend have been the victim of a crime and that they need the targeted user’s help. The messages also […]




Facebook Signs Open Letter Calling for Government Surveillance Reform

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Facebook and seven other major tech companies, including Google, Apple and Twitter, sent an open letter to lawmakers in Washington this week calling for a reform of the government surveillance program revealed to the public this summer after rogue NSA employee Edward Snowden leaked confidential documents. “We understand that governments have a duty to protect […]




Facebook Faces Tax Controversy in UK

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Recent company filings from Facebook reveal that the site exported €645 million (about $883 million in U.S. dollars) in United Kingdom earnings to the Cayman Islands, according to The Guardian. The Cayman Islands have much looser tax laws than the United States and Europe, leading many to speculate that Facebook made the move to dodge […]




2 Million Stolen Passwords Dumped Online

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More than 2 million stolen passwords for websites like Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo and other web services were posted online this week, according to the security company Trustwave. The company speculates that this huge security breach was the result of keylogging software uploaded on thousands of computers worldwide. “We don’t know how many of these details […]




Facebook Wants to Promote Higher-Quality, “Newsy” Content

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Facebook announced on Monday that it will move toward a more refined newsfeed system, showing users more hard news stories and, as the site put it, “high quality content.” This move is an attempt to retain user interest in the site and to boost its legitimacy, but the new algorithms could also help clean up […]




Abine’s DoNotTrackMe 3.0 Keeps Consumers Safe From Tracking and Fraud

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Fraud prevention experts estimate that cybercriminals commit about 80 percent more online fraud during the holiday season than the rest of the year. That’s why it is the perfect time for Abine to roll out DoNotTrackMe 3.0, a browser extension that stops online trackers from finding your contact and credit card info. DoNotTrackMe’s core features […]




Huffington Post: Facebook Messenger Terms of Service More Invasive Than Users Know

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When users download Facebook’s free Messenger App for mobile devices, the odds are good that they don’t thoroughly read the Terms of Service that Facebook makes them agree to before downloading. However, as The Huffington Post pointed out in a recent blog, it might be a good idea for users to take a closer look. […]




New Jersey Court Bans Sex Offenders From Facebook, Other Social Media

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 A New Jersey court ruled this week that sex offenders on parole don’t have the right to use Facebook and other social networking sites. In a 54-page opinion, the three-judge panel who upheld the law said that sex offenders are more likely to repeat their crimes than other criminals, and thus should not be allowed […]




“Christmas Tree” App Hoax Spreads on Facebook Once Again

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 A warning has circulated on Facebook for three years running that warns users to avoid a “Christmas tree app” that will supposedly infect and crash their computers if downloaded. The warning, which users are encouraged to paste and spread to their friends, reads: “WARNING!!!!!! ….. Do not use the Christmas tree app. on Facebook. Please […]




Suspect Caught Five Minutes After Taunting Police on Facebook

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Law enforcement has stepped up its efforts in recent years to patrol social media and gather evidence on potential criminals. However, crooks don’t usually make it as easy for the cops as Rosenberg, Texas, criminal Rolando Lozano did, writing on a police department’s Facebook wall after they published his mug shot on their page asking […]




Facebook Vulnerability Shows Friend List Even When it’s Set to Private

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A security researcher found a vulnerability in Facebook’s “People You May Know” feature that allows anyone to see a users’ list of friends – even when the user has set that information to private. The researcher, Irene Abezgauz from the Quotium Seeker Research Center, found a diabolically simple way to exploit the weakness. All a […]




85% of Consumers Use Social Media Networks While Connected to Public WiFi

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They’re so popular, those ubiquitous mobile devices. For better or worse, we’ve evolved into a society that is a texting, Facebooking, Snapchatting, online-banking, TMI-ing, forever-connected, 24/7-kind of world.  And 85% of users are connecting to social media sites via public WiFi! There’s positives to that, for sure, and is a great way to stay connected. […]