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Did You Know Your Private Instagram Photos Risk Being Exposed?

If you think only your friends could see your private Instagram pictures, guess again. Instagram recently patched a privacy bug which allowed anyone to see pictures posted by ex-public accounts, according to news reports. More specifically, the bug allowed a photograph posted to Instagram on a public account—the default setting—to remain public on the web, even if the user later changed the account to priva...

Facebook Warns Young Viewers of Violent Videos

Facebook has started adding alert messages to violent content shared via its network after news reports of policeman shot dead in Paris went viral, according to the BBC. The new alerts are meant to prevent people under the age of 18 from viewing violent images such as murders shown in documentaries or news reports. Unlike other clips, they prevent the videos from automatically playing in feeds unless clicke...

Hottest Snapchats – Another Early 2015 Facebook Scam!

A spam campaign revealing the 10 “hottest snapchats” is a new entry to the long list of Facebook scams flooding the social media platform in 2015, according to Bitdefender Online Threats. The Labs of the security software provider blacklisted dozens of fraudulent websites promising snapchats and other leaked ‘goodies.’ The male-oriented campaign is promoted on websites with tags such as “trendingusa,” “vira...

Top 5 Social Media Security Predictions of 2015

Mobile ransomware, targeted job fraud, and Trojans lurking behind shocking videos are all expected to make their appearance on social media in 2015, security software solutions provider Bitdefender warns. Studies in the last year on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter allowed Bitdefender security researchers to forecast future trends. While the trends seem mainly dangerous for individual social media users, grow...

Facebook Launches Privacy Guide; Media Points Fingers over Lee Rigby Murder Case

Facebook has launched a how-to Privacy Guide, and announced it will update its terms and policies early next year, according to a message on the company website. The update comes soon after the social network was blamed for not taking action on the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, The Independent writes. The social media platform hosted a chat conversation by one of Rigby's killers five months ahead of the atta...

Thousands Fall with Each Hour for Free Audi R8 Facebook Scam

Over 200,000 Facebook users have fallen prey to a like-farming scam promising two free Audi R8 cars, and thousands join the victim list with each hour, according to antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The bait spreads on fraudulent web pages and Audi communities, and also targets car lovers with malicious videos picturing Audi R8 in a race against Nissan GT-R. Bitdefender was already detecting the malw...

Government Requests For User Data Rise 24% in First Half of 2014, Facebook Says

Government requests for Facebook user data rose to 34,946 in the first half of 2014, an increase of 24 percent compared to the same period of last year, Facebook said in a press release. Facebook also restricted 19 per cent more content due to local laws in several countries. “We scrutinize every government request we receive for legal sufficiency under our terms and the strict letter of the law, and push b...

Anyone Can Fall Victim to Facebook Scams; Top 5 Bait Categories in Last 2 Years

Anyone could fall victim to Facebook scams, such as the classic “guess who viewed your profile” scam and others, Bitdefender behavior analysts warn. A two-year study by the antivirus software provider reveals that scammers infect millions of Facebook users with the same repackaged tricks. The team of behavior analysts and psychologists analyzed the five scam categories and revealed there is no such thing as...

UK GCHQ Chief Accuses US Tech Companies of Aiding Terrorism

US tech companies have been accused of aiding terrorism by the newly appointed director of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, according to The Telegraph. Hannigan said Facebook and Twitter, even if in "denial," are now "the command and control networks of choice" for criminals and terrorists. "I understand why they [US technology companies] have an uneasy relationship with governments," Hannigan said. "But increasingly...

Facebook Adds “Onion” Address for Anonymous Browsing. But Does It?

Facebook implemented a new way for users to access its site via Tor “without losing the cryptographic protections provided by the Tor cloud” and disclosing their location, according to a Facebook announcement. Users who have the Tor-enabled browser enabled can access Facebook directly through the https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/ URL, said Alec Muffett, software engineer at Facebook. Through an “.onion” addre...

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