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Instagram: What you need to know – Part 2

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This post is in continuation with our previous post on Instagram and will discuss how you can control your privacy in the app. In Instagram the key word is ‘public.’ Once an Instagram profile has been created, anyone can browse these online profiles and “follow” other Instagram users. Here comes the...

Instagram: What you need to know

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

In an earlier post we talked about various apps and the risks associated with them. In these subsequent posts, we will scratch the surface a little bit and dig a little deeper to understand the privacy implications of one app in particular – Instagram. Now, that our very own Big...

Facebook Graph Search could interfere with your online privacy

 March 21, 2013

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Three months ago Facebook revealed Graph Search which had a lot of mixed reviews. While some reviewers considered it to be a great marketing tool for direct messages, others expressed that it could bring huge security concerns with it. What is Graph Search? Touted to be the ultimate search tool...

Facebook Graph Search: Useful search engine or phishers dream come true?

 January 29, 2013

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Facebook recently launched a notable new feature known as Graph Search. Mark Zuckerberg highlighted this feature as one of the 3 pillars of Facebook (after Newsfeed and Timeline) that make the social network relevant and personalized. But how safe is Graph Search? We feel that there are several security and...

Viral Facebook copyright message is nothing but a scam

 November 27, 2012

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If you recently came across a viral Facebook privacy notice that mentioned copyrights of your content, photos and videos, you should be forewarned that this notice is yet another Facebook scam. Facebook recently updated their privacy guidelines and also allowed users to comment on these changes for the first time....

5 things you should never reveal on social networks

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 November 21, 2012

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Many people fail to notice how their online lives endanger their day to day lives. An overload of information shared online, especially over social networks, is perhaps the biggest risk. Constant access to our devices and phones also allows us to share information at a level never seen before. But...

5 effortless steps to block Facebook spam from reaching your news feed

 November 8, 2012

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

We recently posted an article about Facebook ‘Like’ scams and the truth behind them. This post talked about how some parties created fake pages to invoke sympathy and got hundreds of thousands of likes and comments as a result. This in turn enhanced the Edge Rank of a page and...

How do Facebook ‘Like’ scams reach thousands of users?

 November 6, 2012

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If you look, you will find countless Facebook pages that have hundreds of thousands of likes and comments. But are these real? Some of the posts invite people to write a comment to see what happens. But predictably, nothing happens and this is all part of a large-scale Facebook scam....

Latest news updates from the last week

 November 3, 2012

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Facebook offers new privacy setting indicators for new users In a move that suggests Facebook has begun to marginally accept that it is responsible for user privacy, the social network has revised the manner in which it informs new users about privacy settings. This includes little indicators like ‘light bulbs’...

How to get your kids interested in cyber security?

 October 10, 2012

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Getting less tech-savvy family members, especially teenagers and younger children, interested in computer security is a thankless task. It is necessary to teach them the implications of security breaches along with the importance of preventive measures. Children and young adults are more vulnerable to security risks like viruses, phishing websites...