Tagged: social media privacy

Do Self-Destructing Messaging Apps Really Protect Your Privacy?

Over the past two years, a privacy backlash has been developing around the world.  According to the latest The Truth About Privacy study from McCann, especially those in younger age groups have become more selective about sharing their personal information online. That’s why they’ve moved to private apps such as Snapchat to connect with friends. But how much do they protect your online privacy?

Ready for Data Privacy Day? Take The My Privacy IQ Quiz

If you haven’t marked your calendar yet, Data Privacy Day (DPD) is less than one week away. On January 28th, we’re encouraging everyone to make protecting privacy and data a greater priority. PRIVATE WiFi has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Alliance and countless other corporations, governments and organizations to empower the masses to own their online presence.

The EFF Has Your Back

The tide is changing online, and companies need to make a commitment to users that their information is just that, theirs. Helping with this promise is the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).  They have released an annual report titled, “Who Has Your Back?” taking a closer look at the privacy policies of major Internet companies. Read on to learn which companies are protecting your privacy.

TED Talks, Part 1: The Dark Side of Data and Why Online Privacy Is Important

TED Talks are a very large collection of 15-minute presentations from various experts around the world on just about any topic you can think of — and many that you could not. TED is a non-profit which organizes and hosts a variety of speakers from all walks of life.Recently, TED hosted a series of talks called “The Dark Side of Data” in which different speakers explained how Big Data can be a force for good, and how it can be abused.

Alessandro Acquisti, who studies the economics of privacy and information security in social networks, gave a talk called “Why Privacy Matters.” You can watch his talk here.

You Are What You Type: Facebook Tracks What You Decide Not to Post

We all do it: start typing into the status update bar on Facebook and then use our (better) judgment to delete those thoughts and not share them with the world. Facebook calls it “self-censorship,” and according to a report by Slate’ s Jennifer Golbeck, the social network has been tracking and studying our unpublished thoughts.

Put simply: the posts that you have consciously decided to not share, are being analyzed by Facebook. Read on to discover how Facebook did this as well as what it means for your privacy now and in the future.

#Dislike: InstLike App Duped Users Into Revealing Passwords Before Hacking Instagram Accounts

Are you on Instagram? An app that promised more “likes” and followers for Instagram users is suspected of hacking at least 100,000 people, turned unsuspecting app users into willing participants of a giant social botnet. Keep reading for five things you can do to help keep your account safe.

Facebook’s ‘Free’ WiFi Could Cost You More Than a Check-in

Earlier this month Facebook announced its partnership with Cisco; the two tech companies have teamed up to provide free WiFi access at local businesses. On the surface the price-tag will be a measly Facebook check-in. In actuality, this “free” WiFi might end up costing users more than they know. Read on to learn more about how this program will work and what you can do to keep your data safe.

Military and Social Media Scams

Often a vulnerable population from a consumer protection standpoint, the military has a unique set of challenges when engaged in social media as well. In fact, the Army has a division (the Online and Social Media Division in the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs) that recognizes the need for educating its soldiers on the effective and safe use of social media. Additionally, just a few weeks ago, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, warned the Army community to be “vigilant of internet scams and impersonation fraud, especially within popular social networking and dating websites.”

The Identity Theft Resource Center offers up some tips on how military personnel can keep themselves protected against social media scams.

Identity Theft Awareness: FTC Advises Consumers on Dealing With Hacked Email or Social Networking Accounts

The Federal Trade Commission has new tips to help people deal with email and social networking hacks, whether it’s lessening the chances of a hack in the first place, or recovering from a hack once it happens.

But in case you don’t think hacking can happen to you — check out the following statistics from our friends at the Identity Theft Resource Center. You’ll be shocked to learn how many private records have been compromised since the ITRC started keeping track in 2005!