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Facebook to rip search opt-out from under those who were using it

If you checked that box saying you don’t want to appear in Facebook search results, get ready: soon, that choice is going away. Facebook announced in a blog post Thursday that it’s removing the ability to opt out of appearing in search results, both for friends and globally, for those who’ve had it enabled.

http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/10/opted-out-of-facebook-search-not-anymore-youre-not-says-facebook/

 

Facebook changes default emails to @facebook.com – Jun. 25, 2012

 

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — If you’re a Facebook user, you have a @facebook.com email address, whether you use it or not. Facebook is now automatically posting those addresses to users’ profiles and displaying them as the default email address.

Facebook changes default emails to @facebook.com – Jun. 25, 2012

10 Things You Should Know About Facebook’s New Privacy Policy

 

Facebook updated its privacy policy last Friday, clarifying what it does with your data, while also blurring the limits of what it can do with your information. Commendably, it posted the entire document with tracked changes in red. It’s a 14-page document, which I know you all have time to read (insert SarcMarc).

10 Things You Should Know About Facebook’s New Privacy Policy

One in 10 US Facebook users don’t protect privacy

 

About 13 million Facebook users in the United States either do not use or do not know about the social network’s privacy controls, sharing private information they would not have otherwise. This amounts to one out of every 10 users in the country.

One in 10 US Facebook users don’t protect privacy

Facebook flaw briefly exposes private photos, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s

 

If you have any private photos on Facebook that you really don’t want out there, consider this story your fair warning to delete them. A flaw in the social networking site’s reporting mechanism allows users to peer into content that is otherwise marked "private". Now would be a good time to remove that pic of drunken you mooning the boss.

Facebook flaw briefly exposes private photos, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s

How do survey scammers ‘clipjack’ Facebook users?

 

Facebook is the second most popular site in the world according to Alexa’s traffic rankings. The social network had explosive growth from 2008 with 100 million users to 750 million users today. This equates to about 11 percent of the world’s population or 36 percent of global Internet users; Facebook became the largest social network worldwide. The social network’s popularity and its fast growth make it a prime target for cybercriminals.

How do survey scammers ‘clipjack’ Facebook users?

What Not to Share on Facebook | Hubze Blog

 

The Huffington Post just came out with a list of things not to post on Facebook. The list includes: your birth date and place of birth, trips away from home, your phone number, or less obviously– your child’s name.

You can always play in the safe zone with Facebook’s “Friends Only” feature but how many people have you added as a friend that you don’t exactly know? I’ve been friends with a mysterious Syrian named Simo for years now.

What Not to Share on Facebook | Hubze Blog

Facebook Rolls Out Major, Sweeping Privacy Changes

 

Facebook is making a sweeping set of changes to its privacy and sharing policies that will give users much more control over the information they share and who they share it with.

Facebook Rolls Out Major, Sweeping Privacy Changes

How to make sure you always have a secure Facebook session (use https)

 

How To Improve Security While Using Facebook and Encrypt Traffic with SSL HTTPS

 

Facebook is everywhere theses days.  Anymore, you’re the exception if you don’t have a Facebook account.  Although this is good news is you can now easily connect with old/new friends while at the same time start a new farm, as with all things, there is a dark side to Facebook’s popularity.  When the popularity of something grows, so does the attack surface.  In other words, hackers write virus / malware for Windows PC’s because it’s the primary OS in the world and therefore the largest target.  They will get the most bang for their buck so-to-speak vs. writing a virus for say Amiga systems.  Well the same thing is true for Facebook.  Write some malware that targets 500 Million + Facebook users and the payoff could be huge.

How to make sure you always have a secure Facebook session (use https)

Facebook deploys Microsoft tool to fight child pornography | The Microsoft Blog – seattlepi.com

 

Facebook is the first company to use a tool from Microsoft that identifies known images of child pornography and remove them from the social network.

The tool, called PhotoDNA, is software that analyzes images for certain characteristics and compares them to images in a reference database. Microsoft calls this process “robust hashing,” and an illicit image’s “hash value” can help authorities track and identify copies – altered or not – of child porn photos. (See video below.)

Facebook deploys Microsoft tool to fight child pornography | The Microsoft Blog – seattlepi.com