The latest Facebook privacy scare simply asks you to unsubscribe from updates from your friends and family.
According to a study by digital security firm, Nexgate, “social spam” — or spam on social networks — grew at the rate of 355 percent in 2013. The more popular a network, the more vulnerable it is to spam attacks. In fact, spammers like Facebook and YouTube more than any other network, the study said.
The congratulatory tweets that Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift have supposedly sent to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first child are missing two things: first, they are not coming from verified Twitter accounts and second, the links do not lead to pictures of the baby.
Twitter today finalized in San Francisco district court an agreement with the makers of TweetAdder software that bars them from making future software designed to violate Twitter’s terms of service, according to court documents.
A war between a loosely organized anti-spam group called Spamhaus and one of the Web hosts the group publicly identified as a spammer escalated last week, at times threatening some of the basic infrastructure of the Internet, according to a security firm’s account.
Pinterest is ridding its social network of fake, spammy, or suspicious accounts. In recent months, the company has created a dedicated team to detect and rid the site of spam. Now users will be able to see the results of Pinterest’s efforts, which may affect follower counts for some users.
The FTC has settled its case against Circa Direct and its owner Andrew Davidson for advertising acai berry products with fake news headlines such as, “Acai Berry Diet Exposed: Miracle Diet or Scam?”
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Facebook Allows Users to Download Expanded Archive of Their Information (Inside Facebook)
The “Download Your Information” feature now includes catalogues of friend requests a users make, IP addresses they’ve logged in from and any previous names they’ve used, among other Facebook actions. This is in addition to the copy of photos, posts, messages, chat conversations, friend lists and other information that Facebook first made available for download in 2010. The New York Times Facebook, which is preparing for an initial public stock offering, most likely in May, has been trying to accommodate government officials in Europe, where privacy laws are more stringent than in the United States. Mashable The archive still doesn’t include your friends’ photos and status updates, other users’ personal info and comments you’ve made on other people’s posts. Facebook This feature will be rolling out gradually to all users and more categories of information will be available for download in the future. Read more
Remember those affiliate links on Pinterest that had everyone so worried about copyrights? It turns out that they actually protected us from spammers like Steve, who use hundreds of fake Pinterest accounts to sell products on Amazon.
Visible Gains designed this infographic about effective ways to communicate over the Internet. From the looks of it, email is far from dead and here to stay.