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Tale of the tape: Why Mark Zuckerberg is smart to cover his webcam

By on June 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Tale of the tape: Why Mark Zuckerberg is smart to cover his webcam

Webcam security was thrust into the spotlight this week when a photo of Mark Zuckerberg appeared to show the camera and microphone on his MacBook covered with tape.

The photo, which was posted on Facebook to celebrate Instagram hitting 500 million followers, sparked plenty of interest. While some worried about the broader effectiveness of Facebook’s security, many see the tape as a shrewd defense against potential hackers. More →

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Netflix and Facebook were not hacked, but you should still change your passwords

By on June 8, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Netflix and Facebook were not hacked, but you should still change your passwords

Netflix and Facebook have not been hacked, but you should still change your passwords right away. The two companies are already prompting certain users to change their passwords in light of the recently revealed LinkedIn, Tumblr, and MySpace hacks. And if you like to recycle your credentials across internet services, you should consider changing the passwords for these services as soon as possible. In fact, you should try to come up with unique passwords for every internet service you use, rather than using the same ones over and over. More →

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Facebook is planning for life after Zuckerberg

By on June 3, 2016 at 6:05 PM.

Facebook is planning for life after Zuckerberg

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most influential people in tech – remember how the crowd went nuts when he stole Samsung’s Galaxy S7 show a few months ago? – but he’s not going to be in charge of the most popular social network on Earth. And when he does step down from day-to-day management operations, he shouldn’t be able to dictate the future of the company. At least, that’s what Facebook’s board thinks.

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Facebook might force you to install Messenger on Android

By on June 3, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Facebook might force you to install Messenger on Android

One of the best thing you can do for your smartphone is to remove the Facebook app, and instead, use it in a browser. The advantages are multiple: it saves you storage space, it can save battery life, and it should prevent you from wasting precious time on Facebook when you shouldn’t be on Facebook. You can even remove the standalone Messenger app, and do all your Facebook chatting from the browser version of the app. But Facebook is about to make a major change to its mobile site, and potentially force you to install one extra app on your device.

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How to stop Facebook from using your iPhone or Android to listen to everything you say

By on June 1, 2016 at 3:40 PM.

How to stop Facebook from using your iPhone or Android to listen to everything you say

Yes, Facebook is listening in on the conversations you have when your phone is nearby and the app is open. It’s not for advertising purposes, the company claims. Instead, it simply wants to help you post easier and faster, about the kind of content you might be consuming, as Facebook is hunting for the background noise to identify TV shows or music.

Can it be stopped? Yes, it can. You can restrict Facebook’s access to the iPhone or Android device’s microphone in order to limit its reach. More →

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Facebook might start encrypting all your chats

By on May 31, 2016 at 8:50 PM.

Facebook might start encrypting all your chats

Facebook Messenger, a chat service that has more than 900 million users, is going to get end-to-end encryption later this year, a new report. However, it’s not the kind of end-to-end encryption available on iMessage or WhatsApp, where all chats are fully encrypted by default. Instead, Facebook will make the privacy-enhancing feature an opt-in, taking a page out of Google’s Allo smart chat product. More →

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Mugger arrested after victim spots him on Facebook’s ‘people you may know’ section

By on May 29, 2016 at 9:31 AM.

Mugger arrested after victim spots him on Facebook’s ‘people you may know’ section

In a somewhat bizarre story which proves that truth is often stranger than fiction, a serial mugger in England was arrested after one of his victims spotted him under Facebook’s “People you may know” section.

Originally reported by the BBC, 21-year old Omar Famuyide had a long history of theft, muggings and armed robberies to his name. Not too long ago, Famuyide brandished a knife and stole a car. Flash forward a bit, and the victim of said car robbery was recently shocked to see Famuyide’s face pop up as a suggested friend he might want to add on Facebook.

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Watch Mark Zuckerberg call the International Space Station on Wednesday

By on May 27, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Watch Mark Zuckerberg call the International Space Station on Wednesday

Facebook will be getting social with astronauts next week.

The company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, will be chatting live with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, and viewers will be able to both watch and submit questions for him to ask, NASA announced Friday.

Interested parties on Earth can tune into NASA’s Facebook page for the 20-minute video call, which will begin at 12:55 p.m. EDT on June 2. Zuckerberg will be speaking with two NASA astronauts on the ISS, Jeff Williams and Tim Kopra, as well as Tim Peake of the European Space Agency. More →

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