Things to consider on social media

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With the growing prevalence of social media, it is important to understand its reach and scope. Posting a photo or video of you, or friends and family can have serious consequences. Below is a discussion of common pitfalls and respective advice that can help, if we keep them in mind….


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Department of Homeland Security Authorization of 2017 needs your support

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For fifteen years, the Department of Homeland Security has been in the business of keeping Americans safe. Since the Homeland Security Act of 2002 first authorized the Department, the men and women of DHS have worked tirelessly to uphold that mission. They have made tremendous progress, and I am very…


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Simple Facebook trick could let anyone crack into your account — and reveal all your secrets

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Facebook’s security system could allow hackers to access victims’ accounts. YOUR Facebook profile is like a diary, photo album and confession booth rolled into one — so you really wouldn’t want anyone to get access to it. Now a cyber security expert has claimed hackers could access victims’ accounts by…


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Customs agents aren’t allowed to check social accounts of U.S. citizens

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United States citizens should know that their social media accounts are off limits to Customs and Border Protection agents The rules surrounding checks of phones and social data has been murky at best, and still would be if it weren’t for a letter authored by CBP acting commissioner Kevin McAleenan…


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The Fake News Network: a look at Facebook’s role in a crisis of trust, democracy and security

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Fake news is not only perceived as a threat to the future of journalism, democracy and freedom of speech, but also wields a security risk given the rise of falsehoods aimed at stoking the fire of extremism. While Facebook’s role in disseminating fake content becomes ever more complex as its…


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Chinese Censors Struggle to Block Social Media Salutes to Nobel Winner Liu Xiaobo

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The Chinese government worked very hard to erase the existence of Nobel Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, making it a criminal offense merely to mention his name. Visitors to China have reported this effort was so successful that average citizens responded to mentions of the imprisoned professor with blank stares, and…


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5 Tips to Avoid Cyber Bullying on Social Media

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In the 21st Century, social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and many more have recently emerged as a large role in an individuals social life. Everyday news, the release of new products, photos and even private conversations with friends can instantly be viewed on social media platforms. However,…


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Facebook scams: When your “friends” are actually hackers

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Scams cost Americans roughly $50 billion each year, and according to the Better Business Bureau, they affect one in four homes. The most frequently reported scams are delivered by phone. But more than half of victims say they were contacted online through websites, e-mail, social media and more. Experts say…


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Jayden K Smith is not hacking your Facebook

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Messages have been flying around Facebook warning users about a potential hacker called Jayden K Smith, saying you should not accept his “friend request”. But users have nothing to fear – the message is a hoax and as far as we can tell Jayden K Smith does not exist. The…


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Facebook and WhatsApp HACK risk – Malware steals sensitive info from YOUR favourite apps

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The SpyDealer malware has existed for almost TWO years and is capable of stealing information from 40 apps including Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype. The trojan is capable of grabbing vast amounts of sensitive information from users, such as phone numbers, messages, contacts and call history. It is even capable of…


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Plugins and social media links leave websites more open to compromise

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Adding extra features like plugins and social media links makes websites more likely to be compromised according to a new report. The study by website security company SiteLock finds that sites with between one and five plugins have 1.5 times more chance of being compromised than the average site. More…


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Workplace social media security: 5 questions answered

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Since it’s Social Media Day today, there is likely to be an increased focus on the impact of social media and the way it is used by businesses across the world. Social media use has skyrocketed for businesses all over the world, with many companies using it as a way…


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Hackers steal $1,300 after hacking Cape Girardeau, MO woman’s Facebook

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) – Annie Em’s owner Emilie Stephens has learned the hard way that hackers can do more than just steal your Facebook identity. Her personal and business Facebook pages were both hacked – and because she pays for advertisements. the hackers were able to do a little…


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Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Twitter to collaborate on fighting terrorism in social media

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As a collective effort to fight against terrorism, major technological companies have banded together to form on a new battlefront. Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube announced yesterday that they are forming the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, a combined initiative that seeks to collaborate solutions against hostile and violent…


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New Social Media Feature Raising Safety Concerns

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PEORIA, Ill – June is Internet Safety month and with kids out of school, that means they’ll have more time to use computers, smart phones and gaming devices. Before the season ends, Peoria Police are asking parents to make sure they’re children are well protected. From cyber bullying, to cyber…


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Facebook To Educate UK NGOs On Combating Online Extremism

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Facebook‘s British division on Friday announced a new initiative aimed at educating non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on fighting extremist content posted online. In addition to training people for countering Internet activities of extremists, the Menlo Park, California-based social media giant is also looking to directly finance their efforts of doing so….


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Snapchat’s latest update is causing security concerns

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Snap Map is the latest update that Snapchat have rolled out and it has already raised security concerns. By using the function, publicly posted images are then searchable via the interactive map. For example, people could search for places such as schools and see any videos and pictures that have…


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Social media ‘bots’ distorting global politics

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Washington – A wave of “computational propaganda”, largely driven by Russia, is impacting politics around the world by spreading misinformation designed to manipulate public opinion, researchers said on Tuesday. The Oxford University team presented research in Washington on the use of automated programs or “bots” on social media aimed at…


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Cyber Security for Social Media: What Information Is at Stake?

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Social media connects you with friends, family, business associates, and even total strangers. What you put out on social media may end up being circulated around the World Wide Web before you know it. While there are security settings for some social media accounts such as Facebook and the ability…


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Mpls. woman warns about Facebook ‘hacker’ group

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A Minneapolis woman is warning others about an alarming discovery she made after her Facebook account was hacked. “I first noticed that my account was hacked about a month ago,” said Jessica Jacobsen, recalling the day she went on Facebook to find she’d been locked out of her account. “They…


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