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Facebook CEO Password dadada hacked

If you’ve heard this once, you need to hear it again—and again: Never use the same password and username for more than one account! If this got Mark Zuckerberg’s (Facebook’s chief executive). Twitter account hacked, it can get just about anybody hacked. A report at nytimes.com says that the OurMine hacking group takes credit for busting into Zuckerberg’s accounts including LinkedIn and Pinterest. It’s possible that this breach was cultivated by…

Stop being a blabber on Social Media

…afternoon foray to the sub sandwich shop could get you in trouble: A burglar reading this knows when to rob your house. But it doesn’t end there. STOP THE MADNESS! The Giants: Facebook and Twitter Be careful what you post on Facebook and tweet about. It can be used against you in court, even something as innocuous as: “I’m training for my very first 10K.” Not good if you’re suing someone who hit your car for back pain and suffering. Lawyers will…

How to pwn Anyone

…n to try to hack into her life, and they accomplished this in under two hours, without even entering her house. She figured it would be next to impossible because she had no smart gadgets in the home and rarely posted on her Facebook page. The “ethical” hackers, part of a security start-up, quickly found Walsh’s Facebook page (which presumably contained personal information such as her town, since there’s many “Patsy Walsh” accounts). The…

Facebook Photos bust Bank Robber

Do these bank robbers have bricks for brains? They actually posted photos of themselves with wads of the stolen cash on Facebook, says a story on thesmokinggun.com. The alleged bank robers are John Mogan, 28 and Ashley Duboe, 24, and they’ve been charged with robbing a bank in Ohio. Mogan has already served time for a previous bank robbery conviction and was out on parole. It all started when Mogan apparently sauntered into the bank and…

How to prevent your Pics from being lifted: Part 2 of 2

…avatar may be used for a phony Facebook account to then be posted in the comments section of news articles pitching some get-rich-quick scheme. Fantasy Lives Your image could be used by a lonely person to create a fictitious Facebook account. A person with a real Facebook account may be so desperate for friends that they use your photo to create a fake account to then add as a friend. Someone you know may steal your photo (such as an ex-lover)…

Trolls: How to deal

…e as follows: “…a hate speech fanpage or harassing user is removed from Facebook and then immediately creates a new page or account.” A Phoenix page can pick up steam much faster than the time it takes to remove it. In fact, Facebook was lax at taking down Garrison’s troll pages. Garrison spent “countless hours” trying to get libel removed from Facebook and Twitter. If you’ve been harassed, be on the lookout for if the harasser has been…

What’s the difference between VPNs and Proxies and which Option is more secure?

…private communication over a public network and can be used on all types of devices. A VPN will alter your IP address, making it seem that you are using your computer somewhere other than the country that prohibits access to Facebook. You can navigate Facebook with ease while visiting that country. Proxy Server This makes the user anonymous. The proxy server does the job of anonymizing. The server of the site you want to visit receives requests…

Company for sale includes your Data

…article points out that at least 17 of the top 100 said they’d notify customers of a data transfer, while only a handful promised an opt-out choice. This isn’t as benign as some might think. For example, WhatsApp was sold to Facebook. A user of both services ultimately complained that Facebook, without his consent, accessed his WhatsApp contact list, even though his Facebook account was set to prevent people outside his network from obtaining…

App Tells Who’s Digging into Your Personal Data

…r data. Without MyPermissions, it’s like walking through a crowded area and dropping one copy after another of your driver’s license, bank statement, credit card and family contacts. So let’s suppose you’d like to start with Facebook. You tell MyPermissions you’d like a scan. MyPermissions will use your FB account to look for external connections. You’ll have a dashboard to see who’s getting into your information and you’ll be directed in how to…

How to keep a Clean Online Presence

…account profiles and upgrade them. Make them crisp, clear and free of fluff or anything that doesn’t flatter you. Add information that makes you more impressive. And use a good photo for your profile or avatar. Really, some Facebook profile pictures are ridiculous and unflattering, some not even making any sense. Replace racy or otherwise negative images of you with more respectable ones. Or just delete them, period, like endless selfies that…

Time to check your Facebook Privacy settings

…ceed from there. This way if someone tries to login from a computer other than your own, they’ll need to see the security code that FB sends to your mobile phone. Search engine access. If you don’t want everyone finding your Facebook page by simply entering your name into a search engine, click “Privacy,” then “No” to “Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline?” Old posts. In the “Privacy” setting is an option for limiting old…

What is Catphishing?

…sically blessed. It’s really difficult to discover that your image/name is being used by a catphisher. For example, suppose your name is Ashlee Patrick and you’re gorgeous. And someone named Ann Casey has decided to use your Facebook profile photo for a dating site she wants to register with, or maybe she wants to create a Facebook account. How will you ever learn of this…unless, by freako chance, someone who knows you just happens to be on Ann…

15 Top Facebook Privacy Tips

You wouldn’t have to worry about privacy issues on Facebook if you didn’t post sensitive, private information on Facebook…such as information that one day can be used against you. And really, you should share only what you consider “professional” information, even with family. Just stop with the nonsense. At any rate, it’s important to know how to use Facebook’s privacy features, which change from time to time. Here are useful tips. Go to…

Social Media Identity Theft leads to Arrest

…tnews.com that the Jacksonville, Florida woman claims her identity was stolen—on social media of all places—and that the thief used it to create a phony Facebook account. This is interesting because there’s probably a ton of Facebook accounts under the name of “Stephanie Francis.” But there’s more to a fake Facebook account than using a name that a lot of other users have. Francis says she’s being charged with a crime and wants to know how she…

Feds Perp Social Media Identity Theft

…d ultimately was given probation), the agent created the Facebook account. “The incident at issue in this case is under review by Justice Department officials,” states Brian Fallon, the Justice Department’s top spokesperson. Facebook’s terms of service do not exempt undercover agents from term violations, one of which is posing as another person. Facebook removed the page once news broke. This case doesn’t compare to when detectives go…

Predators use Facebook to groom Kids

Lock this guy up for good. That’s a most fitting motto for Brandon McIntyre, 22, who pretended he was “Katie Thompson” on Facebook and threatened to kill a girl’s family if she refused to go on trips with him. This New Jersey nutcase made another ridiculous threat (ridiculous, because, how could he think that even young victims could take him seriously?) to a 12-year-old, telling her he was a cop who’d have her expelled from school and sent to…

10 most dangerous Facebook Scams

…are plug-ins available that perform this function, but still, stay away. Find out who viewed your profile. Again, here’s a scam that works well on people who have too much time on their hands. This function doesn’t exist on Facebook. Just changed my Facebook theme and it’s rad! Ignore this at all costs. Tragedy of the day. Whenever there is something horrific going on such as Mother Nature getting all murderous or some manmade disaster or even…

8 Ways to bullet proof your Social Accounts

…you want to visit the site. However, if the wrong person gets ahold of your computer, mobile or tablet, that person can easily get into your social media accounts. Log out. #3 Remove apps you don’t use. If your accounts like Facebook and Twitter are linked to a bunch of third-party apps and services that have accumulated over time, sift through these and knock out the ones you don’t use. Each third-party app has the potential to act as a portal…

Facebook Security for Parents and Teens

…er a trillion links. Every link is compared against not only Facebook’s, but also other Internet security companies’ databases of known malicious or spammy links. Photo DNA. About 300 million photos are uploaded every day to Facebook, and Facebook compares these to its blacklist database of images from international, federal and state law enforcement agencies. The Logout Hacking suspicion. If you suspect something fishy, you can manually shut…

Beware of Flight MH17 Facebook Scams

…he reports. Looting is apparent, he says. Mark Rutte, the Dutch Prime Minister, used the term “utterly disgusting” to describe how the rebels had treated the corpses. But beyond the site is even more alarming activity: fake Facebook accounts. At least five phony FB accounts have been set up in the names of deceased Australians—including three kids. Facebook has since shut down the pages. The pages provided a link to a video claiming to reveal…

Recognize Your Willingness to give up your Privacy

…rtion of their Social Security numbers. Acquisti showed how simple it is to identify people from scratch because they leave a data trail in cyber space—and this includes photos. This shows how easy it is for criminals to use Facebook to steal a person’s identity. Though it would violate Facebook’s terms of service to register a fake birthdate, the user needs to be aware of the tradeoff: Identity thieves love to find birthdates. Facebook says…

15 Small-Business Social Network Nightmares

…could set up a phony Facebook page and then create phony contests to slurp sensitive customer data such as names, addresses, emails, phones, account numbers and credit card numbers. 14. Legal liabilities. Privacy settings on Facebook can hide posts, but that doesn’t matter to a judge in New York who recently ruled that items posted on Facebook (as well as other social networking sites) can be used as evidence in court—even if the posts were…

The Definitive Guide to Facebook Security

…rofile and scan it with security software until your account is certified to be clean. Some important things to know: 89% of email is spam and less than 4% of content shared on Facebook is spam. Ony .06% of over 1 billion logins per day are compromised. Less than .5% of Facebook users experience spam on any given day. People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. The average user has 130 friends. Sources: Facebook.com…

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Burglars busted bolstering Buffoonery

…, according to a subsequent post by the police, tips from the community helped them track the thief to the relative’s house. Perhaps this was in part due to the friendly appearance and humorous photos of the Rosenberg police Facebook page. Looks like this police department is onto something: Make a Facebook page that appears more community oriented rather than government-official oriented, and maybe the community will become more proactive in…

5 Ways To Protect Your Mobile From Prying Eyes

…oid, iOS). You can do the same with Google Drive. Each mobile device has a different way of shunting your valuable data to a cloud for cyber storage. For Facebook enthusiasts, cloud storage can also be done via your mobile’s Facebook app. iOS users can use AutoSnap to upload any image that’s taken with it to Facebook, DropBox, Twitter and Instagram. Just link the app with any social accounts that you have. #4 Live broadcasting Yourself…

Would You Use Facebook To Catch a Bad Guy?

…; granddaughter decided the best course of action would be to post the description on Facebook with the intent of spreading the word to catch him. Due to the heinous actions of the thief and the fact he was on the loose, the Facebook post went viral, with over 9,000 shares in a short time. The perpetrator’s brother in-law (of all people) saw the Facebook posting and recognized the description, then quickly contacted the granddaughter, then…

Hackproof your facebook account

…enter our personal information that lets them infect our devices. Here’s some insight as to what they may do to get access to you and your account: Phishing: Emails coming into your inbox right now may in fact be coming from Facebook because by default, you allow that contact in your notifications settings. The problem is that at any time, scammers can duplicate these same emails and you may never know what’s real and what’s fake. Never click…

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Before You Share, Ask Yourself “Is This TMI?”

…videos.2 78% of recently jailed burglars admitted they used social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare to plan burglaries around their victims’ posted vacation times.3 1 in 3 employers reject applicants based on Facebook posts, according to a survey of 2,300 hiring managers released by CareerBuilder.com. McAfee found that 20% of 18-24 year olds know someone who has been fired or they themselves were fired because of personal images…

4 Completely Different Ways to Share Photos

…ll your pics in a fun, friendly and secure way? Well, that all depends on your lifestyle. Facebook: When taking pics from your phone, you can easily upload and instantly share your images with your connections. The beauty of Facebook photos is that all 3,000 of your friends can enjoy them and comment on them. Using your PC is even easier when you are uploading entire albums. The bad thing is, once you upload to Facebook, you can’t expect the…

Is That Mobile Application Invading My Privacy?

…ata. The motivation here is money. The more they know about you, the more targeted ads they can deliver, and the more likely you are to buy. The information also can be abused for identity theft and other malicious purposes. Facebook Home may have the best intentions and could very well be a great addition for any heavy Facebook user. And keep in mind, every application you install wants more access to who/what/where/when about you so they can…

Graduates: 10 Stupid Things You Don’t on Facebook

You’ve done it. You’ve graduated at last. Your whole life is in front of you. Now is the time to make plans, embrace the world, take responsibility, make a statement, do some good and make this place better than how you found it. And this should go without saying, but please don’t be stupid. I’m not preaching here; the fact is I am fully qualified to discuss this topic because every day when I wake up, I tell myself, “Today I’m not going to say…

2013 Boston Marathon: My Best Worst Day Ever

…c, but frankly, for me, it’s therapy. I do lots of media as the expert. My network is “the media.” So when I send a blast email to raise money for charity, my network knows I’m running the Boston Marathon. When I logged into Facebook and email, the requests came in from CNN, Extra and Canadian TV, along with a few radio shows too. So I spent the evening after the run as an eyewitness. And, because it’s who I am, I gave security tips too. My…

Fake Friends Fool Facebook Users

…ertains for another such sentiments of esteem, respect and affection; an intimate associate.” But that definition seems to have gone out the window with the advent of social networks. Studies show 50% of people will accept a Facebook “friend” or LinkedIn invitation from a total stranger. So do you consider the hundreds of friends on these social networks as people who you have an intimate affection for? Probably not. This is why fraudsters have…

Protect Your Facebook Photos

…stolen and used without your permission. In general, if its digital. It’s repeatable which means it can be downloaded, copied, pasted etc. And up until now, there wasn’t much consumers could do about that. Just because your Facebook profile is set to “Private” doesn’t mean that your photos can’t go public. McAfee® Social Protection safeguards your Facebook photos by letting you control exactly who can view them. When you upload your photos…

50 Million Fake Facebook Accounts

…can set up a fake account on just about any website. Facebook and other social media sites are popular targets due to the amount of traffic they get and the variety of scams that can be perpetrated against legitimate users. Facebook estimates that as of December 31, 2011, false or duplicate accounts represented approximately 5-6% of monthly active users, but also stated, “This estimate is based on an internal review of a limited sample of…

I’m Running the Boston Marathon Monday April 16th

…inish by 4pm. If you sign up for alerts and don’t get a text saying I finished: PRAY!! Much Love and many many thanks to everyone and a special thanks to all those who have supported us! xoxo, Robert & Family PS, My large German Shepherd will be in the house while I’m gone, the alarm will be on, booby traps are set and a cop lives right next to me. Just sayin’ Facebook connect:…

What Happens to Your Profile After You Die?

…dies, essentially making the site contents part of a person’s digital estate. The issue is growing increasingly important as people record more thoughts and experiences online and more disputes break out over that material.” Facebook currently provides an online form that can be used to report a user’s death. “If prior consent is obtained from or decreed by the deceased or mandated by law,” Facebook will provide the family of the deceased with a…

Stalkers Bad Tasting Lollipop

…ng technology. If you dare to connect your Facebook account to TTL you will experience a front seat theater ticket to a movie about you being stalked by a sweaty gross man with nasty dirty fingernails slithering through your Facebook account photos and looking at all your friends and the locations you have been. What’s worse is as the film progresses he gets angrier as he drives his car to where you are. Location sharing in social media has…

How To Recover a Hacked Facebook Account

…one. To turn on Login Approvals: Go to your Security Settings page (Account > Account Security > Security) Click on the Login Approvals section Check the box and save your changes If all else fails go here: https://www.facebook.com/hacked this is the system Facebook has in place to help you get your account back regardless of if the hacker changed your email address. Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security…

Back Up Google And Facebook Data

…dars? Backing up any type of vital data is always a smart decision. Here’s a few simple and inexpensive tools to back-up data you’ve stored in the cloud: MyCube Vault, for Mac or Windows, is a free utility that backs up your Facebook data, Google Contacts, and Picasa photos and albums at regular intervals. You choose how frequently and where your data should be saved. Once you have installed the app and authorized it to access each of the…

15 Social Media Security Tips

…I’m a big fan of password managers, which can create and store secure passwords for you. 12. Check the domain to be sure that you’re logging into a legitimate website. So if you’re visiting a Facebook page, look for the www.facebook.com address. 13. Be cautious of any message, post, or link you find on Facebook that looks at all suspicious or requires an additional login. 14. Make sure your security suite is up to date and includes antivirus,…

Social Networking Security Awareness

…c. Sharing your mother’s name, your pet’s name, or your boyfriend’s name, for example, provides criminals with clues to guess your passwords. Technology can help make social networking more secure. The most common threats to Facebook users are links to spam and malware sent from compromised accounts. Consumers must be sure to have an active security software subscription, and not to let it lapse. Get a complimentary antivirus software…

Facebook Commenting Only Keeps the Honest, Honest

…cloaked in cowardly anonymity. Facebook has rolled out a tool that allows any website to attach faces to comments, which would create a certain degree of accountability. According to InfoWorld, “TechCrunch, which implemented Facebook Comments as an experiment, reports that while the total volume of comments is down significantly, the comment nastiness quotient is approaching zero – except, apparently, for nasty comments about their new…

The Consequences of a Teacher’s Facebook Comments

…ld all know by now that nothing you post on Facebook is private. You may have gone through all the privacy settings to thoroughly lock down your profile, but even so, you can never be sure that your posts will remain hidden. Facebook alters their privacy settings so frequently, you never know when or how the defaults will change. No matter how strict your privacy settings are, accepting a friend request from a stranger (who may be a human…

Hackers Go After Points, Credits, and Virtual Currency

…n a million Microsoft points worth of free gift cards, as well as other Xbox items, before Microsoft was able to shut it down. In 2009, Facebook created a virtual currency called Credits, which users spend on games and other Facebook content. Facebook has worked with fraud fighters to test and structure this currency so as to avoid attracting criminals, but as with any virtual currency, criminal activity is inevitable. Hackers even steal carbon…

Facebook Used To Stop Home Invasion

…d up his 17-year-old sister and his grandmother. The student wakes up and probably heard yelling and realized what was happening; apparently he didn’t have his phone so he took his laptop and hid in the attic. He logged into Facebook and wrote as a status message “someone please call 911, no phone, hiding in my house, robbery,” CNN reports “His best friend called police, and sheriff’s deputies arrived, the men scattered as soon as…

Software Makes Dumbphones Smart for Facebook

…of mobile phone users regardless of their handset type. “Increasingly people want to be able to stay connected and communicate with their friends on Facebook anytime, anywhere,” said Henri Moissinac, Head of Mobile Business, Facebook. “Gemalto has developed a creative solution in Facebook for SIM that enables people without mobile data plans to stay connected to their friends on Facebook in an affordable way.” Gemalto’s software development team…

5 Gotta Have Social Media Apps

…etworks in an efficient and powerful application. Manage multiple Twitter accounts, your Facebook account, a Ping.fm account and organize all your accounts, searches, trending topics and lists in your customizable dashboard. Facebook FREE. Facebook for iPhone makes it easy to stay connected and share information with friends. Use your iPhone to start a conversation with Facebook Chat, check your friends’ latest photos and status updates,…

Managing A Digital Life: Teachers Friending Kids

…nually remind staff members and orient new staff members concerning the importance of maintaining proper decorum in the online, digital world as well as in person.’’ Teachers should be reluctant to add students as friends on Facebook, as Facebook and other social media sites blur the lines in the student and teacher relationship. Growing up, we knew nothing about our teachers. They were authority figures that didn’t seem to exist in the real…

Cross-Site Scripting Criminal Hacks

…post text containing HTML tags can put your browser at risk. Facebook, one of the most popular websites, is a likely place for JavaScript hacks, due to cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and the overall lack of security of Facebook users. This allows hackers to read a victim’s private Facebook messages, to access private pictures, to send messages to the victim’s contacts on his or her behalf, to add new (and potentially dangerous) Facebook

15 Facebook Fiascos to Watch Out For

…, tricking victims into believing they have received an official Facebook message. Once you enter your login credentials, criminals can take over your account, pose as you, and ask your friend for money. Always log into your Facebook account manually, rather than going through a link in an email. 3. Facebook bullying. It is so much easier to write something awful about someone than it is to say it to them personally. Words hurt. Vicious words…

Facebook Beefs Up Your Security

…8217;ll immediately receive a password that can be used only once and expires in 20 minutes. In order to access this feature, you’ll need a mobile phone number in your account. Remote logout: the ability to sign out of Facebook remotely is now available to everyone. These session controls can be useful if you log into Facebook from a friend’s phone or computer and then forget to sign out. From your Account Settings, you can check if…

What is “Social Registration”?

…you to log in to other sites using their credentials. This means when you visit any other site with a registration requirement, they may ask for your username and password but also give you the option to login in using your Facebook or Google credentials. This same process can also link your different social media communities with each other and facilitate cross-posting. The idea behind social registration is that each user has a somewhat…

Researcher Proves Your Friend Isn’t Your Friend

…of my buddies, who accepted because they already had two friends in common. She had posted questionable photos of herself. Red flag? But my buds didn’t seem to see it the way I did. The security researcher set up profiles on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. “Then he established connections with some 300 men and women from the U.S. military, intelligence agencies, information security companies and government contractors.” Steve Stasiukonis,…

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100 Million Facebook Profiles Published via P2P

…agree. The data is being shared through the site, it’s already public. Here’s how it went down: a good guy hacker developed a program that went through all 500 million profiles and was able to skim (scrape) all the data from Facebook that wasn’t locked down via the users Facebook privacy settings. Basically if you didn’t lock your privacy settings down, it’s now available in this file. If you lock down your settings today, it’s still in this…

What is that Facebook “Friends” Motivation?

…E DAY I HOPE YOU REPLY ME” When she contacted me she had 12 friends. Now she has 18. All “dumb” dudes that have no idea that “she” is a scammer in an internet café in Nigeria. Why would anyone facilitate a scam by providing this scammer legitimacy by friending them? Robert Siciliano personal security expert to Home Security Source discussing social media Facebook scammers on CNN. Disclosures….

10 Ways to Prevent Social Media Scams

…from that. Always log off social media sites when you walk away from the PC. If you are ever at someone else’s home or on a public PC, this habit will save lots of aggravation. My sister-in-law, a Boston Bruins fan, left her Facebook open on the family PC. I changed her Facebook picture to the Philly Flyers and wrote Go Phillys! as her status. Bruins lost that night. I blame her. Do not activate geolocation services that tell the world your…

Phishing Scam: Using the U.S. General Commander in Iraq as Phish Food

…ands at a time and use a ruse that pulls at the heart strings of unsuspecting families who simply want their loved-one back home. The General posted a large warning on his social networking site. “I have this big thing on my Facebook that says, “ If anybody asks you for mone y in my name, don’t believe it,” he said. “But it’s a problem.” Frankly, I don’t like the idea of an American General having a Facebook page. It weird’s me out. Hopefully…

Sex Offender Sets Up Facebook Page Looking For Love

A sex offender, who spent 11 years in a court-ordered treatment program to rehabilitate him, is looking for a relationship via Facebook. Facebook is approaching the 500 million member mark worldwide. Chances are there are a few sex offenders in there somewhere. I’d guess anywhere between 1 and 3 percent have a penchant for violating another persons sanctity. Statistically out of the 300 million people in the U.S., there are 500,000 registered…

Published Articles

…ew Security Risks from USB Flash Drives) http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/traveltips/03/02/passport/ (Quoted March 2009 How to survive a passport nightmare) FEBRUARY http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2009/02/05/am.carroll.facebook.cnn?iref=videosearch (appeared February 2009 Facebook identity theft) http://wbztv.com/local/serial.bank.robber.2.937404.html (featured February 2009 in Video Serial Bank Robber Suspected In String Of Hits)…

Facebook + Hackers – Privacy = You Lose

…rik Runald, a U.K.-based researcher for Websense Security Labs. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see another attack this weekend. Clearly, they work.” Websense has identified more than 100 variations of the same Facebook attack app used in the two attacks, all identical except for the API keys that Facebook requires. What does this mean to you? For crying out loud stop telling the world you hate your boss, neighbor, students’…

Media

…a criminal hacker Social media scams: How easy is it for someone to pretend to be you? Check your medical record lately? You’ll be shocked at what people are doing with your medical information! How foursquare, Gowalla, and Facebook Places are making it easier for criminals to track you down Want REAL privacy on Facebook? Learn how! How your kids may be responsible for compromising your online security The top 8 twitter hacking techniques The…

Beware of Facebook Dangers

…made public. For a period of time users chats were available for anyone to see. They had to shut it down to calm the mess. How the heck does that happen? Don’t they have redundancy built in to prevent this? Ads appearing on Facebook are sanctioned in some way by Facebook and some are malicious. When clicked they can infect your PC. You would think that a private company worth billions would have systems in place to prevent its users from…

Watching Out For Criminal Hacks

…down your browser and do a scan with your existing anti-virus. Then update your browser because it’s probably outdated, which is why you saw scareware in the first place. Beware of social media scams. Numerous Twitter ( and Facebook ) accounts including those of President Obama, Britney Spears, Fox News and others were taken over and used to make fun of, ridicule, harass or commit fraud. Often these hacks may occur via phish email. Worms…

Facebooks New (and only) Security Feature

…and select “Account Settings” from the drop-down menu. 3. Scroll to the Password section of the Account Settings page. 4. Click the “change” link on the right and follow the instructions. Thanks , The Facebook Team ” Hey Facebook, after 400 million users you are just getting around to this? It’s a start. Invest in Intelius identity theft protection and prevention . Not all forms of identity theft can be prevented, but…

Want Privacy? On Facebook? Shut Up!

…groundswell of people who are anti-Facebook today. Google “Facebook” and “Privacy” and 761 ,000,000, that’s seven hundred and sixty-one million results come up in a quarter second. WHY? BECAUSE THERE IS AN OBVIOUS ISSUE WITH FACEBOOK AND P RI VACY. The major issue here is not that Facebook isn’t private, it’s that some people want it to be private and its not and they can’t have their cake and eat it too. Privacy has always been a hotbed media…

A Great Way to Ruin an Online Reputation

…is said about them than ever. Unvarnished is a new website, in beta, you need to be invited . Users connect with Facebook. PC World seems to allude to anonymous posting on Unvarnished that can only happen if someone fakes a Facebook profile. Anything in the form of anonymous posting doesn’t benefit the common good. For example, w hen I read the comments in newspapers or blogs, I often see people throwing up all over everyone and saying the…

Scammers Bait 40,000 Facebook Victims with Ikea Gift Card

…’s the $500 Whole Foods card , the $10 Walmart offer, and the $1,000 Ikea gift card . The Ikea page put these gift card scams on the map last month, when it quickly racked up more than 70,000 fans before being snuffed. Facebook has also taken down Target and iTunes gift card scam pages in the past few months. To get the gift card the users must enter names, address and email address. They are then pointed to other pages where real products…

Parents Navigating the Social Media Mess

…is Face book page. The kid further filed a no contact order against his mother. The mother apparently took over his Facebook account after she noticed some reckless behavior. She was quoted saying “I read things on his Facebook about how he had gone to Hot Springs one night and was driving 95 m.p.h. home because he was upset with a girl and it was his friend that called me and told me about all this that prompted me to even actually start…

Social Media Security: Using Facebook to Steal Company Data

…virtual world you’re delirious and more apt to respond to his message then log your credentials. Meanwhile Facebook’s security and privacy issues are being challenged from all sides. And during the brouhaha one of the Facebooks investors fell for a Facebook phishing scam. Steve Stasiukonis is vice president and founder of Secure Network Technologies Inc. and publishes to Dark Reading tested his clients network u sing a bogus identity, and…

Is Your Facebook Friend a Fed, or Sex Offender?

When you think about it, Facebook is weird. Where else in the world do you call people who you don’t know your friends? I probably have about 10-15 friends. Most are acquaintances and the others 400 are total strangers. There’s a lot of excessive trust in the Facebook world. People have entirely dropped their sense of cynicism when logged on. They have no reason to distrust. People who are your “Friends” are generally those who you “know, like…

New Facebook Phish Steals Passwords

…e – I received the followi ng email from Facebook: ——————————————————————– From: Facebook [ XXXXXX@facebook.com] Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 5:58 AM To: XXXXXXXXXXX Subject: Security Warning From Facebook Dear XXXXXXXXXX , We have detected suspicious activity on your Facebook account and have…

If You Care About Privacy Don’t Do These 8 Things

…d phone number they have a harder time indexing your name associated with an address. My home phone number is under a pseudonym and it’s also under a business name. Don’t allow your name to be searchable on Facebook or be on Facebook at all. I broke that rule. When logged into Facebook go HERE to change it. Don’t broadcast your location. Location-based services (LBS) are information and entertainment services, accessible with mobile devices…

She Said WHAT? On Facebook?

…she said – she said” dispute that involved a boy between 2 girls. I always fought boys because I wasn’t tough enough to fight girls. Girls hit you with their car. The woman hit was the mother of one of the girls in the Facebook/cat/car fight and spent the night in Mass General Hospital after she did an “ endo ” , that’s when your “end” goes over your head then over the windshield. This same diarrhea of the mouth on Facebook is happening…

Social Media Sticky Situations

…And there are repercussions for those choices you make more now than ever. Recently , a university professor who used her Facebook account specifically for her personal friendships came under fire for things she said on her Facebook account. This professor even went through the process of securing her posts by privatizing her page and not f riending students. She consciously made an attempt to separate her personal and professional life. After…

Social Media Security in a Corporate Setting

…attacks, stealing identities and installing malware. The same people who have learned to be very wary of phishing attacks, enticing links and sales pitches for cheap Viagra in their inboxes allow themselves to be seduced on Facebook and Twitter.” There is a serious disconnect between secure online behaviors and the playfulness of social media. Facebook is the adult version of Chuck E Cheeses , and who doesn’t lose their mind at Chucks? The…

Secure Your Social Media

…er a woman’s Facebook account while she was on a camping trip, with no Internet and no cell phone service. The hacker impersonated this woman, but instead of attempting to scam her family and friends out of cash, he used her Facebook profile to post suicidal messages, including, “My only friend is the handgun in the back of my closet,” and, “I don’t want a funeral or memorial, I want it to be like I never existed.” After two and a half hours of…

How to Hack a Corporate Network…with Facebook

…openly discussed disappointment in their employer. We perused popular social networking site like MySpace, LinkedIn, and Plaxo, and ended up focusing on Facebook.com. The majority of our customer’s employees were using Facebook, so we created a Facebook group site identified as “Employees of” the company. Using a fictitious identity, we then proceeded to “friend,” or invite, employees to our “company”…

Facebook Newest Portal for Social Media Identity Theft

…time, teaching music as well as elementary classes. Her only outlet to the Internet was limited to libraries and public computer labs, where she would check her accounts, look through e-mail and stay in touch with friends on Facebook. It was during one of these trips to the computers that it happened, Allen deduced. She thinks her Facebook account wasn’t completely logged off, or the computer didn’t log out. However it happened, someone found…

10 Ways to Prevent Social Media Scams

…spam folder is filled with emails from Facebook phishers, requesting new login credentials, or a “friend” who’s sending me a video that’s actually a virus. Not too long ago, it was big news when someone had their Facebook account jacked by someone who impersonated the victim, claiming to have lost their wallet in the UK and begging for a money wire. Lately, I see another story about another victim every week. Last time I checked,…

High-Tech Harassment in Social Media

…oman’s Facebook account while she was on a camping trip, with no Internet and no cell phone service. The hacker impersonated this woman, but instead of attempting to scam her family and friends out of cash, he used her Facebook profile to post suicidal messages, including, “My only friend is the handgun in the back of my closet,” and, “I don’t want a funeral or memorial, I want it to be like I never existed.” After…

8 Ways to Prevent Business Social Media Identity Theft

…Expert There are hundreds, or maybe even thousands of social media sites worldwide such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and YouTube. Social media networks are quickly becoming the bane of the IT Manager. Twitter phishing and Facebook jacking are growing rapidly. Social media is still in its infancy and its security has been an issue since its inception. Facebook has been perceived as an ongoing privacy and security issue and Twitter has become a…

A Glorious Week of Identity Theft

…account information may be stored or entered, like PayPal, Amazon, eBay, or charity sites. Cnet reports Rogue Facebook apps steal log-in data, send spam. Security firm Trend Micro warned on Wednesday that a handful of rogue Facebook apps are stealing log-in credentials and spamming victims’ friends. So far, six malicious applications have been identified: “Stream,” “Posts,” “Your Photos,”…

Social Media Banned, Creates Identity Theft Risk

…ngs leave profiles open to anyone. Security professionals were able to create a virus called ZombieSmiles, which gains control of the victim’s browser and allows the hacker to access supposedly private data through the Facebook API, including friends, groups, wall postings and applications. Facebook applications allow a third party to access your data, which opens a Pandora’s box of possibilities for hackers. So if you send me a…

Social Media Privacy and Personal Security Issues

…the locations of their children and Sir John’s parents. She also posted family photos that included her half-brother, who was an associate and researcher for a historian who has been convicted of Holocaust denial. Her Facebook profile was left open to anyone in the London network. Patrick Mercer, Conservative chairman of the Commons counter-terrorism subcommittee, has pointed out that these types of Facebook postings leave Sir John Sawers…

Identity Thieves Gather Data From Social Networks

…s! Don’t allow these trolls into your life. Mom told you not to talk to strangers. I’m telling you not to “friend” strangers, because they could be scammers. Scammers are watching. They know that once they are on Facebook, your guard goes way down. Regardless of all this craziness protect your identity. 1. Get a credit freeze. Go online now and search “credit freeze” or “security freeze” and go to consumersunion.org and follow the…

Sarah Palin Victim of Social Media Identity Theft, LaRussa Drops Suit

Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert Since the beginning of the presidential campaign, Sarah Palin has used Twitter and Facebook to communicate with the public. Impostors have taken every opportunity to jack her persona, even hacking into her personal email account. Now, hackers and impostors are chiming in on Sarah Palin’s resignation. The Twitter profile for ExGovSarahPalin snags and reuses graphics, photos and tweets from Sarah…

Social Media Identity Theft Hits MLB Coach On Twitter

…n a drunk driving accident. There is no limit to the damage someone can do by using your name and picture in order to impersonate you online. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an 18 year old student was accused of posing as a girl on Facebook, tricking at least 31 male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves, and then blackmailing some of these young men for sex acts. Social media websites were created with the intention of bringing people…

How to prevent social media identity theft

…ia identity theft that led to financial loss. The thieves use a combination of email and social media to extract funds from others, or to open new accounts. There are hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of social media sites (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube), web-based email providers (hotmail.com, gmail.com, yahoo.com) and domain extensions (.com, .net, .biz). Then there are all the blog portals, such as WordPress and Blogspot. Even your…

Privacy Is Dead, Identity Theft Prospers

…cly traded information brokers in the world is a company called ChoicePoint. Last time I checked, they had 19 billion records on file. And one of their biggest customers is the US government. So even if you don’t update your Facebook status to tell the world you just made a tuna sandwich, chances are, your phone number, your most recent address, or even your anonymous chat handle can be found on Zabasearch.com or iSearch.com. If you’ve ever…

Identity Theft Speaker; Confickers Threat Hasn’t Waned www.IDTheftSecurity.com

…be a ‘deadly threat’.” The positive result of this media hype is that it brings attention to an ongoing problem for an audience that never considered themselves vulnerable to these issues. In my world, even Facebook friends and Twitter followers who had never reacted to previous posts on a plethoraof IT and personal security issues are finally starting to ask the right questions. “Your mom’s virus,” as we knew…

Identity Theft Expert; Conficker Virus Countdown

…h encompasses massive amounts of data, flooding the Net, bogging down mainframe servers that distribute data to our inboxes. 60 Minutes used the example of what I did on CNN describing a Facebook hack and used a Morley Safer Facebook account that may be hacked with Conficker and begins to send messages to Morleys friends. Then Leslie Stahl who is a Morely “friend” receives an email looking like it’s from Morelys Facebook account to click a…

Identity Theft Expert; Cybersquatting Leads to Fraud

…itter is affected by Twittersquatting where peoples names and an estimated top 100 brands have been hijacked. There are also bunches of Kevin Mitnicks ( hacker) on Facebook that even prevented the Gent from accessing his own Facebook account. Facebook fixed the problem after Mitnick rightfully bitched then CNET made a call. Then Facebook listened. Facebook said “We are very aggressive in fostering and enforcing our real name culture and…

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Twitter Is a Security Mess

…eir lives. Most Tweeple are twits and say nothing of value. Their tweets are mundane and serve no benefit to anyone. If you don’t use Twitter thats OK. But there is a chance you eventually will. Many thought they’d never use Facebook, but millions do. Micro blogging is a weird phenom that makes sense to many, and not at all to most. Users can get tweets via email, on your phone or via SMS texts. People have sent tweets while giving birth, in the…

Scammers Are your Friend On Facebook

…activities, hard party nights and reminisce with old flames they sought out and re-friended. Some Friends we know well, others in passing -but are still happy to make the connection. We all want lots of friends (at least on Facebook). In a lighter sense, Facebook is much of what life is or should be. It’s a place to go where you can just be you, bygones be bygones, be with the people in your past and present and hold onto memories that make up…

Identity Theft Speaker Robert Siciliano on CNN 2/5/9 "Facebook Scams"

…Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Protection Expert www.IDTheftSecurity.com is on CNN 7:24am and 8:44am EST (always subject to change). Updates all day on CNN.com, Headlines News, CNN International and maybe 360….

 

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