With the unsettling news that some 2 million online user accounts on Facebook and other online services have been hacked, online education platform Grovo shared two videos aimed at helping Facebook users select better passwords, and advising victims what to do if someone else is using their accounts on the social network.
There are lots of scams going around on Facebook right now, and we bet you’ve either fallen for one or someone you know has. How would you know? The scam “outs” the poor soul in the most obvious way possible, by convincing him or her to post it on their own wall (and spread the scam further). And that’s just one of the methods circulating right now. We’ll explain and tell you what to watch out for and hopefully prevent your account from being compromised.
Contrary to popular belief, there is still a substantial teen population on Facebook, and the social network teamed up with Canadian nonprofit organization MediaSmarts on “Think Before You Share,” a guide and tip sheet aimed at helping Facebook’s younger users decide what to share or not share online.
Add New Jersey to the list of states where employers demanding passwords to Facebook and other online services from employees or applicants is now illegal, as a law took effect Sunday in the Garden State, The Record reported.
Last month, Maria Kang became one of Facebook’s most famous users, or most infamous, depending on individual reactions, when a photo of the 32-year-old mother of three and fitness competitor in a workout bra and shorts, with her three kids, showing off her toned body, with the caption, “What’s your excuse?” went viral and spurred mountains of feedback, both negative and positive. Earlier this week, Kang was temporarily banned from Facebook due to her post about a Daily Mail article that featured plus-size women posing in lingerie.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed the National Security Agency’s Prism digital-surveillance initiative in an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Sunday, saying, “the government really blew it.”
Facebook filed a complaint last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against New Jersey man Christopher Peter Tarquini, whom the social network accused of being a “recidivist” spammer behind messages that claim to direct users to pornographic images and videos of celebrities, including a fake sex tape featuring Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, Sophos’ Naked Security blog reported.
Facebook received about 8,500 requests for user data from governments of countries in the European Union during the first six months of 2013, involving some 10,000 accounts, Richard Allan, the social network’s director for public policy in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, said at a hearing organized by the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee, offering more details on the data released by the company in August.
Facebook is taking steps to protect its users from a security breach at Adobe that may have compromised the encrypted account data of up to 150 million of its users, requiring users who were impacted by the Adobe issue to change their Facebook passwords and answer some additional security questions in order to access their accounts, according to Krebs on Security.