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8 Best Practices to Avoid Malware on Facebook and Twitter

by Shanmuga

"Thanks to the popularity of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it’s a given that malicious hackers will devise ways to exploit the sites’ numerous users in order to infect their computers with malware. This unwanted software is designed to do a number of terrible things ranging from identity theft to turning computer into

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Facebook Tips: Staying Safe While Using Games and Apps

by Shanmuga

"If you’re one of the 63.7 million people playing the popular Farmville game on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed a change in how you earn points. FarmVille’s parent company, Zynga, agreed last week to remove deceiving mobile subscriptions and "scammy" offers that lure players to register for services in exchange for game currency, which helps players

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Public Search Engines Mine Private Facebook Details

by Shanmuga

"Researchers from the U.K.’s University of Cambridge recently published a paper detailing a project in which they developed a software tool to correlate and map Facebook profiles they found via public search engines, such as Google, to build detailed maps of relationships among Facebook members.

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Hacking: Hackers recently Used Facebook for Malware Attack

by Shanmuga

"Hackers, impersonating members’ friends, attacked Facebook by convincing users on Facebook’s Wall to view a video link that they said was hosted by Google. The Wall is a place were members post messages for friends.

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Free tool blocks Facebook, MySpace, and Yahoo ActiveX vulnerabilities

by Shanmuga

"A researcher over at the Internet Storm Center has created a powerful GUI that will set the kill-bits on vulnerable ActiveX controls used in Facebook, Myspace, and Yahoo apps. These popular apps came under attack on Monday after researchers Elazar Broad and Krystian Kloskowski disclosed their findings to a online security newsgroup.

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Kill ActiveX

by Shanmuga

"A wave of bugs in the plug-in technology used by Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer browser has some security experts, including those at US-CERT, recommending that users disable all ActiveX controls.

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Critical flaws found in MySpace, Facebook ActiveX controls

by Shanmuga

"Bugs in the ActiveX controls on popular social networking sites Facebook and MySpace can be used by hackers to snatch control of Windows PCs, security experts said today. Initially made public by researcher Elazar Broad on the Full Disclosure security mailing list, the vulnerabilities are in a pair of ActiveX controls that Facebook and MySpace

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Privacy: Facebook faces privacy questions

by Shanmuga

"Facebook is to be quizzed about its data protection policies by the Information Commissioner’s Office. The investigation follows a complaint by a user of the social network who was unable to fully delete their profile even after terminating their account. Currently, personal information remains on Facebook’s servers even after a user deactivates an account.

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