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

 November 6, 2012

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

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

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

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...

Round-up of the security news updates

 August 17, 2012

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Website collects addresses of users who tweet the word ‘home’ This interesting website scans user tweets for the word ‘home’. If the person who tweeted the word has location tracking switched on, the website uses the location data and saves it as the address of that user. This information is...

Facebook scam asks for donation for child charity organizations

 August 1, 2012

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

A new Facebook scam has been spotted over the last few days. Unlike previously seen social engineering tricks, this scam only appears after a certain malware enters a system. The malware, known as Citadel, injects itself into a Facebook session when a victim opens a Facebook webpage. It then displays...

Malware attack through Facebook photo tag notification

 July 24, 2012

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

This is a warning for Facebook users. A fraudulent email is circulating on the Internet claiming to be from Facebook and saying you’ve been tagged in a photo. The email probably looks like this: On a closer look the email is from “notification @faceboook.com” and not from a “Facebook.com” domain. This...

3 Security news updates you may have missed

 June 30, 2012

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Malware causes printer outage and gibberish A malicious program called Milicenso afflicted printers across various offices in the world causing them to print garbled data. India, the US, Europe and South America were the majorly afflicted territories. Milicenso has been used in the past by malicious cyber groups and it...

Facebook to allow credit card purchases: Wise move or not?

 June 25, 2012

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

The recent botched Facebook IPO, rising concerns about ad revenue, meeting the challenge of mobile monetization and looming privacy threats are pertinent issues that Facebook Inc. has to deal with. They are trying to find innovative solutions but there are bound to be hurdles along the way. Proposals to allow...

Facebook planning to allow under-13s: Is this a good decision?

 May 23, 2012

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Simon Milner, Head of Policy in Facebook, Britain, recently declared that Facebook is planning to abolish the act of disallowing children below 13 years of age from becoming members (this CNET post explains the situation well). The opinions obviously are divided straight down the middle. Many parents feel that this...

Beware: Fake Antivirus Scanner Targeting Android Users on Twitter

 May 18, 2012

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Social media networks are very good hunting grounds for scammers and this is another such instance of a new scam (targeting Android) spreading on Twitter. This scam consists of enticing tweets that tempts users to click them. The links in these messages carry a ‘.TK’ extension and direct the users...