Privacy and Security

Facebook Unveils New Security Measures, Details Security Features In Infographic

vault people Facebook has announced several new security features that aim to keep you and your Facebook account safe. The social network is testing the Trusted Friends and App Passwords tools, while it has published an infographic which details some of the many security features that you can take advantage of on Facebook. The Trusted Friends tool will help you out if you ever... Read more »

Facebook Could Be Fined $139K For Retaining Data Users Have Deleted

facebook Facebook may face a fine of €100,000 ($138,845 U.S.) after a student claimed that the social network has retained data he thought he had deleted from his profile. Austrian law student Max Schrems asked Facebook for a copy of the data the company holds on him in June after attending a lecture by a Facebook executive while on an exchange program in California. The... Read more »

WARNING: ‘Eat for Free at Pizza Hut!’ Scam Spreads Through Facebook

pizza-hut-scam Facebook scams offering free things are pretty common and spread throughout the social network like wildfire. Who doesn't want free stuff? It's a pretty safe bet that if something seems too good to be true, like free tickets to Twilight Breaking Dawn or free Subway gift cards, it's a scam. One of the most recent Facebook scams to hit our News Feeds claims to offer... Read more »

Facebook Privacy Plaintiffs Attempt To Consolidate Tracking Cookie Lawsuits

Flickr Following concerns that were raised over Facebook's use of cookies to allegedly track users' Web browsing activity even after they had logged out, several lawsuits have been filed against Facebook in recent weeks over privacy matters. Now, a group of 7 plaintiffs have filed a motion with the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate 11... Read more »

Facebook Partners With Websense To Cut Down On Malicious Links

websense Facebook is riddled with links to malicious websites. Often times scams trick users into sharing content with their friends which helps links spread faster through the social network. To cut down on links that lead to malware and malicious sites Facebook has teamed up with Websense, a company that offers Web, email and data security. Starting on Monday, you will... Read more »

Privacy Regulator To Probe Facebook Over Tracking Cookies, FTC Urged To Investigate

facebook-chains-featured Facebook is set to be investigated by the privacy regulator in Ireland related to concerns over how it handles European users' data. Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is facing calls to probe Facebook over recent privacy concerns. The social network has come under fire this week after it was claimed that it tracks your Web browsing activity even... Read more »

INFOGRAPHIC: What You Need To Know About Facebook, Google+ Privacy

Facebook-vs-Google-Plus-Privacy Facebook has long been slammed for its sometimes confusing and ever-changing privacy settings. However, many users are hopping aboard Google+ and have a whole new set of rules to learn. Some revere Google+ as the epitome of privacy and security, while other people believe that as long as you have your privacy settings in check, the information you’ve given Facebook... Read more »

Facebook Remedies Tracking Issue, Cookie Is Now Destroyed After Logging Out

facebook logo featured On Monday, we reported on some privacy concerns that involved Facebook tracking your Web browsing activity even if you were logged out of the social network. According to hacker Nik Cubrilovic, Facebook had a number of cookies in place that were only slightly altered when you logged out. This means that if you visited a website containing a Facebook widget or Like... Read more »

STUDY: 78% Of Ex-burglars Say Social Networking Services Are Used To Identify Targets

burglar featured When burglars are looking for a home to raid, many of them now turn to social networking services to find out when the occupants of a home are not on the premises so they can strike without being detected. According to a study carried out to mark security firm Friedland’s UK Home Security Week 2011, 78 percent of ex-robbers say that they strongly believe social... Read more »

Facebook Can Track Your Web Browsing Activity Even After You Log Out

privacy featured Facebook has announced a wealth of new features and updates over the last few weeks, not least of which is the ticker, which an app can post to passively through the new Open Graph API functionality. There are some privacy concerns here, as you may find that Facebook automatically shares something you do not want other people to see. Some people have suggested... Read more »