It is hard to avoid the word Facebook in the news recently. At the company’s F8 conference two weeks ago, the network announced big changes to the user experience: the new Timeline profile, partnerships with music streaming sites like Spotify and the “open graph” concept. All of these alterations will, of course, have large implications on user privacy and security on the social networking site. However, we found it hard to focus on these changes, when just a few days after the conference, an Austrialian hacker revealed a huge security issue: Facebook was enabling cookies that continued to track its users even after they had logged out of the site.
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Do you think about any “trade-offs” with stronger online privacy regulations? While the United States looks to the European Union for privacy ideas, Time magazine suggests that the EU’s privacy standards are associated with a 65% decrease in the effectiveness of online advertising. The article here says this is important because “advertising is how services like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and the rest pay for themselves.” Which begs the question: which is more important? Advertiser dollars or consumer privacy?
Just in time for the big F8 Conference yesterday, Facebook made some big changes to the user experience of the site earlier this week. As is the tradition in Facebook mythology, members aren’t happy and complaints are flowing through the News Feed like never before. But we aren’t here to talk about whether the new features on Facebook are good or bad; we want to discuss what they mean for your online privacy.
Like the proverbial elephant, the Internet never forgets. That youthful indiscretion or embarrassing party photograph can be around your neck forever. Actually, the issue is not so much that the Internet does not forget, but rather that it provides tools that allow virtually anything about you to be found. Blame Google, of course, but the various personal information services are quite a bit more insidious. Click the headline above to read more about the “right to be forgotten” online.
This Business Insider piece is a must-read before you post a comment on your friend’s Facebook wall. It points out five ways you’re risking their security, with the no. 1 point being people who post things like “Have a great vacation!” on their friend’s wall. As the article says, “you wouldn’t hang a sign on your front door announcing that you’re leaving town for a week.”
Facebook has become very successful by being a part of everything we do on the Internet. Facebook’s philosophy is that the Internet is more fun when it’s shared, like a party. The problem is that we can’t be sure who else Facebook has invited to the party and if we should really trust them or not. Click above to read CEO Kent Lawson’s in-depth response to this month’s “Ask the Expert” article and find out the BEST and easiest ways to stay safe on Facebook. After all, he calls Facebook “a spamware purveyor’s delight” because it’s a service where literally millions of people are waiting around for the next interesting thing to arrive on their pages. Check out his tips so you don’t get spammed!
The photo sharing social network, Flickr, is taking steps to ensure its users’ privacy. Last week the website introduced Geofences, which help mask the location of a photo and thus protect online security and privacy.
Before you upload pics from your Labor Day weekend extravaganza — and the rest of your summer vacation photos — check out what CEO Kent Lawson has to say about the risks of sharing digital photos online. In his latest “best of” series, we revisit what “modern” cameras record, how to turn off GPS tracking, and other ways to keep your identity safer online.
Cybercriminals are using social engineering techniques to hack humans on social networks in record numbers. Why? Because it’s often easier than hacking technology. And the rewards can be a lot bigger. Find out how you can avoid becoming a victim of some of the most common social media cons.
According to Business Insider, Yale University has become a victim of Google hacking — also known as Google dorking — when cybercriminals use Google search functions to access data on the Internet. The article explains that students and faculty at the Ivy League institution had their personal data — including names and Social Security numbers — available online for nearly 10 months. This sensitive information was stored on an FTP server accessible through a simple Web search.
It was only a matter of time before Facebook was penetrated by thieves ready to exploit the popular network for their own gain. There are a few ways that thieves obtain information through Facebook which if consumers are aware of, they are much more likely to be able to protect themselves.
It may have been the pressure of the growing Google + social network and its “Circles” privacy feature; or maybe it was just Facebook actually listening to user concerns. But no matter what triggered it, on Tuesday the social giant, Facebook, announced a massive redesign of its privacy features that were rolled out just yesterday.