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Safety Check – a new Facebook tool that hopefully you’ll never have to use

If you were caught up in the middle of a tsunami or an earthquake, I certainly hope your first thought wouldn't be to reach to your smartphone to post a message to your Facebook page or Twitter account. But, human nature being what it is, chances are that many would - after they have checked they are not in imminent danger - be keen to find out what the heck is going on by checking a social network, and rea...

Facebook Designs Stolen Credentials Parsing System

Facebook has built an automated system designed to analyze data from online published credential leaks, according to their announcement. Facebook users are going to be prompted if their usernames and passwords match the ones leaked online. This measure is going to protect users who have been compromised in third-party data breaches and have the same credentials on Facebook. The primary source seems to be Pa...

Parents May Be Responsible for Children’s Facebook Posts

Parents may be accused of cyberbullying and held legally liable for their children’s Facebook activity if found offensive, according to a Reuters news story. This decision, ruled by Presiding Judge John J. Ellington from the Court of Appeals of Georgia, was taken after two seven-grade students posted inappropriate comments about a colleague on a fake Facebook profile. The two created the fake page impersona...

Facebook Bug Bounties for Ads Code Just Doubled

Facebook doubled the bounties for security vulnerabilities discovered in the code behind its advertising system, according to PC World. Researchers who find bugs in the ads code will be paid at least $1,000, and not $500 as until now. Typical vulnerabilities include wrong permission checks, insufficient rate-limiting, edge-case CSRF issues, and Flash problems in the ads code. The social network announced it...

Emma Watson Leaked Facebook Video Reveals Trojans, Not Nude Pictures

A new scam takes advantage of Emma Watson’s growing popularity, using the actress as bait to spread malware on Facebook, according to the Bitdefender Labs. The alleged sexy videos of the British actress drop more Trojans than actual pictures and, just as in many other sex tape scams, users don’t get to see the promised content. The scam comes a couple of weeks after a nude photo leak threat targeting Watson...

Ad-Free Facebook Challenger Ello Down in DDoS Attack

Facebook challenger Ello was knocked out in a DDoS attack over the weekend, but got back up again after 30 minutes, according to The Register. The new ad-free social network, designed as an alternative to Facebook, started to investigate the attack but hadn’t issued a release by the time of publication. We are undergoing a potential denial of service attack,” the message shown on the DDoS-ed website read. “...

Facebook’s privacy dinosaur will check your settings for you

Facebook has announced that it has started rolling out a new feature which will help you "review and control who you're sharing with" on the world's biggest social network. With a little help from a blue dinosaur cartoon character, the "Privacy Checkup" will allow you quickly review your privacy settings, and see if you're comfortable with how your account is configured. Unless you're a privacy ninja who fe...

New Viral Video Scam on Facebook: ‘Girl Killed by Husband for Kissing Another Man’

A new viral video scam has lured thousands of Facebook users with a fake tape of a girl killed by her husband because she kissed another man, according to Bitdefender. The antivirus software provider revealed the scam continues to claim victims among curious social networkers, and drops adware or malicious code on targeted computers. More than 4,000 people apparently liked and shared the video, but the numb...

Facebook Launches Free Internet App in Zambia

Facebook will launch its first Android and web application offering people free access to a basic set of Internet services, according to an announcement  posted by Mark Zuckerberg. The Internet.org app will first be available to Airtel subscribers in Zambia, one of the countries with the lowest cellular coverage in the world. “Right now, only 15% of people in Zambia have access to the internet,” says Mark Z...

Facebook Photo Syncing Raises Privacy Concerns

New privacy questions spark after a Facebook user claimed his phone pictures have been publicly shared on their Timeline without their consent, according to GlobalNews.ca. “Personal photos that I have decided not to share were uploaded without my permission,” said Adam Carroll, from Winnipeg, Canada. “I thought it was strange that I wasn’t asked if they were allowed to do that.” The photo syncing feature, i...

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