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Thu
16
Mar
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Twitter, Facebook Users: Review Account Settings

A major "hack" of prominent Twitter accounts has raised awareness of a big security loophole. The problem isn't with Twitter itself, but rather third party tools. This morning several thousand accounts belonging to public figures and major ... organizations and businesses posted identical messages. The tweets included a swastika symbol and references to Nazi views in Germany and the Netherlands and are thought to relate to an ongoing political spat between the Netherlands and Turkey. (Source: bostonglobe.com ) There's never a good time for accounts to be hijacked in such a way, ... (view more)

Thu
02
Mar
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Twitter Rethinks Abusive Comment Policing

Twitter is cracking down on abusive and personal attacks. It's giving users extra controls while introducing automated checks to pick up on potential abuse. The new rules aren't specifically about what people can post in a normal tweet. Instead, ... they cover posts where the writer deliberately includes somebody else's user name, meaning that other person will see the post as part of their notifications. That helps deal with a loophole in the way Twitter works. For the most part, people only see posts from accounts they've chosen to follow, but the notifications tool includes ... (view more)

Tue
07
Jun
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Facebook Chief Online Accounts Hacked

Two online accounts belonging to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg have been hacked. The incident, thought to have resulted from a LinkedIn data breach, is a high profile example of the dangers of poor password choices. The hackers, calling themselves ... OurMine Team, took control of Zuckerberg's Twitter account and posted a message informing him of the breach. They also claimed to have accessed his Pinterest account (which appears to be correct) and his Instagram account, which doesn't appear to be the case. Perhaps the one point of relief for Zuckerberg is that his Facebook account was not ... (view more)

Thu
16
Jul
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Report: Facebook and Twitter a Growing News Source

The proportion of people getting their news from social media sites continues to rise. That's prompted debate about who decides what news is most important. In 2013, the Pew Research Center reported that 52 percent of Twitter users get their news ... from Twitter, with the figure being 47 percent for Facebook users. In a follow-up survey this year, the figure is now 63 percent for both sites. In both surveys, the question defined news as "information about events and issues beyond just your friends and family." (Source: journalism.org ) Between the increasing proportions and the ... (view more)

Wed
20
Aug
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Robin Williams Death Sparks Twitter Review

Twitter says it will remove some images of deceased people upon request from members of family. But the new policy has limitations and may not cover two high-profile situations that brought attention to the issue. Following the death of Robin ... Williams last week, his daughter Zelda announced she would no longer use Twitter. She claims to have been abused by " Internet trolls " that produced digitally altered images of her father, and then posted them on Twitter, along with her name tagged in the post. It's believed the images depicted her father's death based on media reports ... (view more)

Thu
19
Dec
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'Twitter 5.0', and 'PDF24 Creator 6.2.0'

Twitter 5.0 This is the official Twitter application. Don't know what Twitter is all about? It's a new type of social media tool that lets you get instant updates from your friends and family, keep tabs on the work of your favorite celebrities and ... experts, and receive up-to-the-minute local and national news. https://twitter.com/ PDF24 Creator 6.2.0 Create PDF files from virtually any application using PDF24 Creator. This freeware program supports multiple languages and includes several exciting features, such as merge, split, extract, and copy. There's also an integrated preview feature. ... (view more)

Mon
16
Dec
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'Twitter Blocker 1.0', and 'Fotor 1.3.0'

Twitter Blocker 1.0 As the name suggests, this tool can be used to quickly and easily block (and then unblock) access to Twitter through your various devices. This tool is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and the new Windows 8. ... http://securityxploded.com Fotor 1.3.0 Interested in editing photographs but don't feel comfortable using Adobe Photoshop? Then give Fotor a try. It's designed for use by both amateur and advanced image editors. Using this tool you can edit a photo, create a collage, produce unique greeting cards, etc! To get started, simply select your preferred ... (view more)

Fri
01
Nov
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Popularity of Google's Social Network Skyrocketing

Google's (relatively) new social network, Google+, is skyrocketing in popularity. The firm recently reported a 58 per cent increase in its user base over the past few months. Google+ was launched in an 'invitation-only' format back in June 2011 and ... became available to a wider audience later that year. From the beginning Google's plans were to integrate the social networking site into its growing network of sites and services, which includes YouTube , Gmail , and Google Docs. Google+ Surpasses Twitter, Still Far Behind Facebook But it has taken time for Internet users accustomed to using ... (view more)

Tue
29
Oct
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Syrian Electronic Army Targets Obama's Social Media

The Syrian Electronic Army has taken aim at United States President Barack Obama's Facebook and Twitter updates. The result: Obama's updates directed visitors to the Syrian Electronic Army's own websites for a limited time. The Syrian Electronic ... Army (SEA) is a loose collective of hackers who support besieged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. government's support of rebel forces in Syria has brought the SEA into conflict with the Obama administration and the American media. SEA Redirects Twitter Users to Terrorism Video This most recent hack took place on Monday, October 28, 2013, ... (view more)

Thu
29
Aug
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Syrian Hackers Disable New York Times Website

Hackers thought to be loyal to the Assad Syrian government have seized control of The New York Times website and have disrupted Twitter service. It seems they've adopted a new hacking tactic that requires advanced technical skills. The hacking ... appears to be the work of the Syrian Electronic Army hacking group, which supports the Assad regime. Analysts are split over whether the group is officially working on behalf of the government or is simply made up of sympathetic members. (Source: slate.com ) In the past the group has attacked media sites by using phishing tactics, which involve sending ... (view more)

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