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5 Best Instagram Security Tips

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 February 16, 2016

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

When Instagram was formed as an iOS-only photo sharing app in 2010, nobody imagined how big and popular the service could actually get. Today Instagram is available over all major mobile platforms and has more than 400 million monthly active users around the world. The key features of Instagram are...

Instagram: What you need to know – Part 2

 April 6, 2013

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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

 April 3, 2013

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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: Useful search engine or phishers dream come true?

 January 29, 2013

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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...

Germans demand anonymous accounts over Facebook: Wise move or not?

 December 19, 2012

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German legislators have stoked the fires of Facebook privacy by ordering the social network to allow anonymous accounts and pseudonyms in place of real names of people. This demand originated from Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost state of Germany. A data protection agency called Unabhaengiges Landeszentrum fuer Datenschutz (ULD) has emphasized the...

Simple security tips to avoid Twitter phishing scams

 December 13, 2012

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Twitter is a great platform for sharing news, opinions and links. Created in 2006, Twitter has more than 500 million active users today and generates more than 350 million tweets every single day. This has naturally led to several phishing attacks over the microblogging platform. The fact that links are...

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

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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

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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....