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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

Change your LinkedIn password NOW: 6.5 million accounts at risk

 

LinkedIn users are advised to change their passwords after it was revealed that more than 6.5 million encrypted passwords were posted to a Russian hacker website. The hackers are attempting to enlist help to crack the encryption, and 300,000 accounts are already compromised

Change your LinkedIn password NOW: 6.5 million accounts at risk

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

Court: No 1st Amendment protection for Facebook ‘like’ – chicagotribune.com

 

Associated Press

9:27 a.m. CDT, May 4, 2012

The "like" button on Facebook seems like a relatively clear way to express your support for something, but a federal judge says that doesn’t mean clicking it is constitutionally protected speech.

Court: No 1st Amendment protection for Facebook ‘like’ – chicagotribune.com

A Closer Look At Cookies

I often get email from people who misunderstand or fear browser cookies. And that’s no wonder, given all the false and misleading information that’s out there. Since 1996, I’ve been working to dispel the cookie myths, and neither the technology nor my opinion of cookies has changed much since then. Read on for a closer look at the good, the bad, and the crumbly aspects of web browser cookies…

Read more: http://askbobrankin.com/a_closer_look_at_cookies.html#ixzz1rVBH6WL0

Hacked! Environmental activism site Care2, users exposed

 

are2.com, a site dedicated to environmental awareness, petitioning, and charitable donation with more than 17 million members has been hacked, according to a message from the company Friday morning.

Hacked! Environmental activism site Care2, users exposed

Want to know if your Android phone has Carrier IQ?

A new easy and free app has been released to let you know.

BitDefender IQ Finder

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