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Twitter, Facebook may ban fake profiles to protect women

Twitter and Facebook could ban fake profiles to help prevent online abuse against women and girls, according to news reports. The UK Crown Prosecution Service said people who use fake social media accounts to harass and abuse others should be prosecuted. And, for the first time, the new laws would apply, to some extent, to children as well as adults. The initiative arose as social media has been increasingl...

Facebook knows if a government is spying on you

Facebook will start alerting users who are under government surveillance and may be infected with dangerous malware, according to an official Facebook note. Starting today, we will notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state,” said Alex Stamos, chief security officer at Facebook. If the company has a “strong suspicion...

Poetic justice after burglar who taunted police on Facebook is captured

It's not unusual these days for the police to make use of social media to help them in the fight against crime. What is peculiar is for the criminals they are hunting for to respond via the net. 21-year-old Logan Hale of Polk County, Florida, was wanted for his alleged involvement in an armed burglary, so it's no surprise that a mugshot of the fugitive was posted on the local sheriff's Facebook page. Under...

Facebook to Push Notifications of New Security Tutorial

Facebook will provide in the next few weeks optional security controls in a tool called “Security Checkup” that it says makes security easier to manage for average users. The company launched Security Checkup in May to prevent hackers from breaking into user accounts, allegedly because of an increase of vulnerability issues reported in 2015, as HOTforSecurity reported. Users will receive a reminder at the t...

Facebook’s security chief calls for Adobe Flash to be killed off

Poor old Adobe Flash. Hardly anybody seems to love it. And this isn't a new phenomenon. Remember the controversy all those years ago, when it became clear that Apple had no plans to ever support Flash on the iPhone and iPad? The late Steve Jobs even took to his keyboard to write a lengthy explanation of why he would not allow Flash on his devices - citing a number of reasons including battery life, reliabil...

Facebook’s Facial Recognition App ‘Moments’ Is Too Intrusive, Regulators Say

Facebook’s recently introduced Moments, an app that groups photos using facial recognition technology and allows users to share them with friends, does not respect European law. The company was previously forced to withdraw this technology for European users on its main site.   Moments manages photos on the user’s device, groups them using factors such as place, time and, through facial recognition, who is...

Dumb criminals can’t keep their mouths shut on Facebook

We often warn about the dangers of over-sharing information on social networking sites. But when it's thieves who are making the mistake of being too loose-lipped on Facebook, we're all in favour. It's almost eight o'clock on the evening of Monday March 2nd, on Portobello High Street in Edinburgh. Four men drive up outside the Ladbrokes bookmakers in a black Audi A1 car. Three of them get out. One is wearin...

Facebook – now with added PGP encrypted notification emails to boost your security

The number of monthly active Facebook users is now close to 1.5 billion, and by my reckoning at least twelve of them are likely to be using PGP. I'm joking, of course, but it must be a pretty funny Venn diagram seeing how many people are comfortable having an active Facebook account and are also determined to keep their email chats private with PGP. PGP is, of course, the well-known standard for encrypting...

Facebook Launches New Security Checkup Feature To Prevent Hacks

Facebook has launched a new security feature to prevent hackers from breaking user accounts, allegedly because of an increase of vulnerability issues reported in 2015. Users are now allowed to easily change passwords, setup alerts and clean up login sessions. The login session manager shows which computers the user is logged on and can terminate sessions if instructed. “We invest considerable in building se...

Why is Facebook Blocking Apps from Reading News Feeds?

Facebook is working on its app development policy to exclude apps that access users’ News Feeds for a “living.” The company announced its new login features a year ago and, for apps and developers, time is almost up. Apps calling Facebook’s Graph API v1.0 have until April 30, 2015 to upgrade to newer versions and comply with the new login standards if they want to remain functional. This includes apps that...

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