Maryland Passes Bill to Ban Employers Requesting Facebook Passwords

*+-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,  is awaiting the signature from Maryland governor […]

McAfee predicts 2010 threats: Facebook, Twitter & Adobe targets

*+-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 […]

Use Facebook privacy settings

*+-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, […]

Net safer for kids than thought

*+-by Larry Magid reposted from CNET.com 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 […]

Prosecution in teen suicide misguided

*+-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 […]