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Don’t settle for default security configurations on social media

Platforms like Facebook and Twitter have a seemingly endless array of settings you can tweak for security and privacy. Don’t leave the defaults on – instead look through the options to find the ones that limit who can see your data and reduce your overall exposure. Twitter’s option to mute specific accounts and keywords is […]

Delete any social media accounts you aren’t using

If you have multiple profiles on platforms like Facebook and Twitter, it might be advisable to consolidate them. Old platforms might contain personally identifying information you forgot to take down. Plus, they could be secured with weak passwords that you never got around to upgrading. Fewer accounts means less exposure to hacking as well as […]

Be careful if integrating social network accounts

Most social networks allow you to integrate information with other social networks. For example you can post an update on your Twitter account and have it automatically posted on your Facebook account as well. Be particularly careful when integrating your social network accounts. You may be anonymous on one site, but exposed when using another.

On this day in history – Koobface worm targets Facebook and Myspace users

July 31, 2008: Koobface is a network worm that attacks Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. This worm originally targeted users of networking websites like Facebook, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, and email websites such as GMail, Yahoo Mail, and AOL Mail. Technical support scammers also fraudulently claim to their intended victims that they have […]

5 things you might not have known about web browser security

The web browser was the internet’s first breakthrough app. Although internet connectivity had existed in limited form since late 1960s…

Be wary of free software

You may have heard the adage that if you aren’t the customer, you’re the product, perhaps in the context of a free-to-use platform like Facebook. There’s some truth to this saying. Whether it’s a desktop or mobile app that serves you aggressive ads, or a site that harnesses your compute cycles for Bitcoin mining, it’s […]