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Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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Make sure you're up to date with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Turkey blocks YouTube access amid “security concerns”

Turkey blocks YouTube access amid “security concerns”

The Turkish government continued its heavy-handed approach to social media on Thursday, restricting YouTube access after the leak of an audio recording of Turkish officials discussing possible military action in Syria.

Turkey bans Twitter, citizens tweet more

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Last Friday the Turkish government slapped a ban on Twitter, saying that it had failed to comply with court orders imposed after some of its citizens used the social networking site to share allegations of corruption amongst high-level officials. But that doesn't seem to have stopped Turkish tweeters.

Twitter screws up, accidentally sends deluge of password-reset messages

Twitter screws up, sends deluge of password-reset messages

Twitter goofed, sending out a deluge of password-reset emails on Monday evening that turned out to have been triggered by a system error. Yes, it's a false alarm, but what the heck - any excuse to nag people about password reuse will do!

The power of two - All you need to know about two-factor authentication

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What can we do to protect ourselves from stolen password databases, phishing attacks, keyloggers or credit card skimmers installed in our local ATMs? We can start with two-factor authentication. This article tells you what it is, how it works and where you can use it.

Jail time for Twitter abusers who spewed out rape and death threats

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A man and a woman have been handed custodial sentences for abusing high-profile feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez and MP Stella Creasy on Twitter.

SEA hijacks Microsoft Twitter accounts, Xbox support blog and Technet

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The Syrian Electronic Army explains that its weekend pouncing was motivated by Microsoft's alleged monitoring of email accounts and selling of data for the US and other governments. The group promises to publish proof.

How your social media activity can torpedo your loan application

How your social media posts can torpedo your loan application

Financial institutions are increasingly scrutinizing our friend networks, our LinkedIn employment status and even what type of phone we're using and where we're calling from to assess whether they think we're creditworthy.

Facebook is a bad way to rate potential employees, study finds

Facebook is a bad way to rate potential employees, study finds

Call it joie de vivre, or, perhaps, joie de postings, but many of us have the tendency to use social media to promote our potentially drunken, boss-bashing, and/or controversial selves.

Man and woman admit to trolling journalist behind Jane Austen bank note

Man and woman admit to trolling journalist behind Jane Austen bank note

The pair were charged in December with making the threats, and now they've confessed. One of them said she was drunk and bored when she sent the tweets, described the threats as "empty", and said she was just goading her victim.

Skype's Twitter account compromised by Syrian Electronic Army

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Microsoft's Skype brand had its Twitter, Facebook and WordPress accounts hacked by a someone claiming to be the Syrian Electronic Army. The real question is, where was the two-factor?

Spammers take over Twitter Trends with sexy hashtags

Spammers take over Twitter Trends with sexy hashtags

Londoners awoke on Friday morning to find their automatically generated trending topics lists stuffed with sexy tags.

Twitter ditches watered-down block feature after outcry

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User outrage has forced the company to do an about-face on a blocking policy change that allowed blocked users to continue to follow their targets, interact with their Tweets, receive their updates in their timeline and let their friends harass the victim.

How Twitter tracks the websites you visit, and how to stop it

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Last Thursday Twitter introduced promoted tweets (ads) targeted according to the websites you've visited. It seemed like a good time to explain how Twitter is doing it, how they've used a different technique to track the websites you visit for some time now, and how to turn it all off if you want to.

Computer Security Day, Forward secrecy, XP 0-day and YouTube spam - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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When is Computer Security Day? What can forward secrecy do for you? Can you believe there's an 0-day in XP?

Have some fun finding out the answers in this week's 60 Second Security!

Twitter joins the "forward secrecy" club for added resistance to surveillance

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Twitter is the latest high-traffic social networking site to announce that it has added an extra layer of protection known as "forward secrecy" to its web servers.

And the company didn't say "surveillance" or "NSA" once in its statement.

Death threats sent to woman who dressed as Boston Marathon bombing victim for Halloween

Death threats sent to woman who dressed as Boston Marathon bombing victim for Halloween

The 22-year-old US woman from Michigan tweeted and Instagrammed a photo of herself at work, dressed as a blood-covered runner. The backlash has been brutal, including getting fired and receiving death threats long after she apologized.

Twitter troll arrested for allegedly threatening US baseball team, execs and even their home field

Twitter troll arrested for allegedly threatening US baseball team, execs and even their home field

The New York Mets fan reportedly is being held in connection with tweeted threats that include sneaking into the clubhouse and putting bombs in everyone's cleats. If this is the work of a fan, who needs enemies?

Twitter introducing new direct message options - to combat spam or invite more?

Twitter screws up, sends deluge of password-reset messages

Twitter appears to be rolling out new options to allow the reception of direct messages from users you don't follow and new restrictions on what types of links can be sent through direct messages. Is this a safety feature or does is it too restrictive?