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Catphishing Story #7 Think Before You Click That Link!

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, people are looking for love more and more online. Unfortunately, hackers and scammers are waiting to prey on online daters, hoping to steal their heart, along with their cash. Think Before You Click That Link! The e-card may seem romantic, but it could mask something more dangerous, like malware or viruses that can do more than just spam your computer with ads, but could remotely take over your […]

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    How Staying Off Social Media Can Keep You Safer & Happier This SummerSocial Media, Lifehacking

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    Let’s face it, there’s no bigger downer than working all day and coming home to images of other people’s awesome vacations — that is, nothing except maybe coming home to find out you’ve been robbed or had your identity stolen. According the Pew Research Center, 65% of adults use social media, and among people aged 18 to 29, the percentage skyrockets to more than 90% of the population. For a family with kids, a staggering […]

  • Could Facebook’s New Privacy Rules Endanger Your Kids?Social Media, Blog, Privacy, Technology

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    Not a week goes by without another story of an adult doing something colossally stupid on social media and paying the price. So why in the world did Facebook think it advisable to allow 13-year-old kids to make their pictures and status updates public? In a widely-decried move, Facebook announced last week that underage users — those between 13 and 17, as kids younger than 13 are technically not allowed to open accounts — would […]

  • Two Sure Things in Life: Death & FacebookSocial Media

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    What happens to our Facebook profile when we die? Who gets to connect with us on LinkedIn, post pictures of us on Pinterest, or view our photos on Flickr after we have shuffled off this mortal coil and left these worlds — both the physical and the virtual — behind? These are brand-new questions that privacy experts, social media companies, political leaders, and families and friends of the deceased are all grappling with. The answers […]

  • Hey, Get Out of My Face(book)Social Media, Privacy

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    Over the past few months there’s been a growing hue and cry over reports that some employers ask job applicants for their Facebook login and password information as part of the vetting process. They are hardly alone, though it’s not easy to know just who’s doing it and who’s not.  But this is not new–some state and local government agencies, particularly law enforcement agencies, have been doing it for years. To wit, the job application […]

  • Flipping the Bird: Is the Fed on Twitter a Horrible Idea?Social Media, Government, Blog

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    Even the farsighted Founding Fathers could not have foreseen this — the Fed is now on Twitter! Just think of the possibilities — one fine Friday any Fed functionary could foment a world crisis in 140 characters or less! It could be as simple as a typo. For example, the Fed’s second tweet was: “Watch a video of Chairman #Bernanke explaining the structure of the Federal Reserve. #fed #economy” What if it accidentally read: “Watch […]

  • When Your Facebook Account Becomes Part of the Job ApplicationSocial Media, Consumer Protection, Blog

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    This week, in honor of National Consumer Protection Week, Credit.com is highlighting a number of issues to raise consumer awareness.  Credit.com chairman and co-founder Adam Levin looks at how your private online information can too easily become public, and why you should be careful about what you post lest it come back to haunt you—in your job search, finances, and personal life. For the past couple of weeks I have been trying to wrap my […]

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