Archive for April, 2010


Senators complain about Facebook privacy changes

Being questioned is Facebook’s decision to categorize a user’s hometown, current city, “likes,” interests, friends, and other info as “public information.” Now, even the most private user cannot have a Facebook account to communicate with friends while also keeping this information hidden from public view, and the senators believe this creates a “potential gold mine of data for unsolicited advertisements.”

Schumer, who composed the letter on behalf of the group, said that Facebook should change its policies so that sharing all this information is opt-in instead of opt-out (in some cases, users can’t even opt out if they wanted to). “The current policy puts at risk users who are not technically proficient enough to change the settings, or are not aware of the newly changed privacy policy,” the group wrote.

Full Article Here


Facebook Launces New Security Center

What should you do if your teen is being cyber-bullied on Facebook? How does the site work with law enforcers to investigate criminal activity? And what can you do if someone has posted a photo of you on Facebook that you don’t like?

These questions, among others, are addressed in Facebook’s newly redesigned Safety Center aimed at parents, educators, law enforcement officials and teens.

The Safety Center, which launched Tuesday, was created to make sure the site’s 400 million users are networking safely, according to Facebook’s official press release.

View Facebook Security Center

Full Article via CNN


Unencrypted Wi-Fi Invites Hackers

Hackers with the right software and equipment can copy sensitive data while parked outside a building where unprotected Wi-Fi connections are in use.

Whether it’s at work, home or a coffee shop, hackers know that for some reason, people don’t think twice about logging on to whatever Wi-Fi signal they can find and sharing sensitive information. Both individuals and companies are careless with wireless security in ways they would never be with wired connections to networks.

The problem: Many people just don’t understand that these vulnerabilities exist. “The problem for consumers is that wireless is promiscuous connectivity,” Sinha said.

Full Article Here via Reading Eagle


Meet Your “Invisible” Facebook Friends

Facebook is, by its nature, a social experience.

But as the undisputed king of social networking expands ways for its users to interact, it’s raising more questions about how much of their information is made available to people they don’t know.

In some cases, users may not even realize it’s happening.

One example is the hundreds of thousands of developers approved by Facebook to create games, quizzes and other applications. Some of those developers are able to access basic information about users after a Facebook friend has started using their application.

Facebook provides pages of instructions on how people can tighten up their privacy settings to hide their personal information from other users and outside applications.

But some observers say that too many of the site’s estimated 400 million users don’t know how to do so.

Full Article via CNN

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