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Facebook Android App: Can Take Pictures, Record Audio; Without Your Permission!

Facebook iconA recent BusinessInsider.com article announced that the Facebook app for Android Smartphones can change your audio settings, record audio, and take pictures and videos at any time and without your confirmation. Sounds like fun, huh? Especially since there is already malware that can take control of Android phones, Continue reading

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Beware: Fake Facebook Security Check

facebook-iconTrend Micro, a computer and Internet security company, has identified a new malware that pretends to be Facebook Security doing a “security check”. The Hacker News reported it as follows:

“Trend Micro has spotted a malware sample, TSPY_MINOCDO.A, which targets Facebook users. The malware redirects users to a spoofed page of the social network and claims to be part of the site’s security check feature, even showing the tagline “Security checks help keep Facebook trustworthy and free of spam”. Users eager to log into Facebook may fall victim to this ruse, taking the ‘security check‘ for face value. Continue reading

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Checking-In: May Be Dangerous

Security cyberstalking eyeMany people use Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Yelp, or other applications that allow announcements to be published on the Internet about where you are. Perhaps you do too. But did you know that criminals, both cyber and terrestrial, can take advantage of check-ins to do you harm?

Because these apps are used with your mobile device, they generate GPS coordinates; criminals can then pinpoint your location…and take action. Continue reading

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Social Sign On: Beware

Target red whiteA new method of signing on to Internet accounts from your computer is called social sign on. It involves using your existing social networking (Facebook or Twitter) account to sign on to retail shopping and government services accounts. The objective is ease of use. Retailers and other service organizations don’t want you to have to do a time-consuming password reset when you forget your password Continue reading

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Your Online “Presence”: Good or Bad?

facebook-iconHave you Googled your name to see what other people see when they Google you? You should, you know. If you’re job hunting or expect to be in the future, you will be Googled by recruiters and hiring managers before offering you an interview, according to an article posted at Mashable.com, “you will be Googled”.

The article urges you to follow five suggested “things you can do to manage your online reputation.” They include the following steps: Continue reading

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Your Internet Use: Safe or Risky?

2 DiceWhen asked “how much Internet security do I need for my computer?” I usually respond with “that depends what you use it for and how safely or risky you use it.”

For example, if one uses a computer and the Internet for only creating documents and using email; that use would be categorized as one of less risk. On the other hand, if one uses the computer to indiscriminately surf the Internet, or Continue reading

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Microsoft Latest Watering-hole Attack Victim

Security Danger SignKnow what a watering-hole attack is? It refers to attackers compromising a website and using it to serve malicious code, in advance of their desired target visiting the site. The watering-hole technique has been used in numerous attacks, including exploits of Google committed by the so-called Aurora gang. This technique has also been used in the recent past against Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. Continue reading

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