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Facebook “Phone” Could Be One More Distraction in a World Full Of Them

April 5, 2013

This post is adapted and expanded from one that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News by Larry Magid Facebook phone software showing “Chat Head” Facebook’s new “Home” family of Android apps and software offer a rich and engrossing experience for those who love Facebook, and it could help Facebook’s bottom line. But I worry that the new phone — along [...]

Maryland Passes Bill to Ban Employers Requesting Facebook Passwords

April 10, 2012

Maryland State House (Photo by Richard Johnstone – Flickr Creative Commons License) Maryland, the state whose corrections department infamously asked a  job applicant to turn over his Facebook password,  is the first state in the union to pass a law banning the practice, said the Baltimore Sun. The bill, which was passed unanimously by the state Senate and a wide margin in the House, [...]

McAfee predicts 2010 threats: Facebook, Twitter & Adobe targets

December 30, 2009

Social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter can expect more attention from cybercriminals in 2010, according to a new report (PDF) released Tuesday by McAfee Labs. Also at risk are users of Adobe Systems products including Acrobat Reader and Flash. And move over Microsoft; the security firm predicts that Google’s Chrome OS will “create another opportunity for malware writers to [...]

Facebook’s new policy makes users think about privacy

December 14, 2009

Facebook last week launched some privacy settings that give users the option of targeting individual posts to specific people or groups of people. But most significant about the new settings, I think, is that they require every one of Facebook’s 350 million users to run a “transition tool” to review their old settings and decide whether to select new ones. This isn’t an [...]

Avoiding social networking scams

November 22, 2009

by Larry Magid This post originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News More and more people are using social networking sites, including, sadly, criminals seeking to take advantage of the rest of us. Threats on those sites include applications and quizzes, as well as malware, worms and viruses. But the main risk, says Trend Micro’s Rick Ferguson, is information you post yourself that can [...]

Use Facebook privacy settings

February 23, 2009

All of the hoopla about Facebook’s controversial user policy sidesteps the point about what social Web users really need to know about protecting their privacy and intellectual property. The latest controversy erupted last week after a blog trumpeted an otherwise largely ignored change in Facebook’s terms of service that would have granted Facebook an “irrevocable, perpetual, [...]

Net safer for kids than thought

January 13, 2009

by Larry Magid reposted from A long awaited report from the Internet Safety Technical Task Force concludes that children and teens are less vulnerable to sexual predation than many have feared. The report also questions the efficacy and necessity of some commonly prescribed remedies designed to protect young people. The task force was formed as a result of a joint agreement between [...]

Prosecution in teen suicide misguided

December 8, 2008

Reposted from San Jose Mercury News December 8, 2008 by Larry Magid What Lori Drew allegedly did to Megan Meier was despicable, but it doesn’t justify her conviction late last month for violating federal laws designed to keep hackers from invading computer networks. Two years ago, Megan, a 13-year-old Missouri girl, hanged herself after her online friend “Josh Evans,” who had [...]