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Passwords You Need to Change due to the Heartbleed Bug

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Many websites and online services, including Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Yahoo, were affected by the recently announced Heartbleed vulnerability. The site linked below has collected responses from social media, email, financial, and other companies regarding steps they have taken to … Continue reading

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Using Social Media Safely: Geotagging

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When many digital cameras and smartphones snap a photo or record video, they append information about that photo or video to the digital file. This information, called exchangeable image file format (Exif) data, can include technical details about the camera … Continue reading

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Using Social Media Safely: Previewing Shortened URLs

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Users of social networking sites and apps often take advantage of URL shortening services, such as tinyURL, Bitly, or goo.gl, to make long, unwieldy website addresses more manageable. While these services can be convenient, they can present a security risk … Continue reading

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Skype Users Receive One-Two Punch of Security Threats

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If you use the popular video chat program Skype, you need to be aware of two recent security issues that could affect your account. The first threat is a worm that is being spread by a series of instant messages … Continue reading

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Over-The-Phone Password Change Allows Hackers To Destroy Reporter’s Digital World

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The hacking of the Amazon account of a Wired reporter exposed a security flaw with the way Apple allows users to reset their AppleID passwords. By obtaining the last four digits of the reporter’s credit card, the hackers were able … Continue reading

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Facebook’s Email Switcheroo

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Have you checked the email address listed on your Facebook profile page lately? Chances are, instead of the email address you set on your profile, your email is now listed as ‘randomnumber’@facebook.com. In April, Facebook announced they would be providing … Continue reading

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LinkedIn Warns Users of Stolen Passwords

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LinkedIn is investigating a claim that a hacker downloaded more than 6 million user passwords from the business-oriented social networking site. Anyone with a LinkedIn account is advised to change their account password as a precautionary measure. For more information … Continue reading

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Could Your iPhone Be Used To Hijack Your Facebook Account?

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A vulnerability in the Facebook application on several popular mobile devices may potentially allow someone to take control of your Facebook account. Developers have discovered that the Facebook application for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) and Android-based devices does … Continue reading

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New Mobile Game A Big Draw For Scammers

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Draw Something, the Pictionary-style game that has recently topped 50 million downloads, has now attracted the eye of scammers. A new Twitter scam is specifically targeting users that have tweeted about the game. The scammer’s Twitter account spams users with … Continue reading

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Clean Up Your Social Networking Accounts with MyPermissions

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One of the biggest security risks in the social networking arena is third-party applications; those quizzes, games, and special offers you often find on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Many of us allow these applications access to our personal … Continue reading

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