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Facebook is not launching a "No Religion" or a "No Swearing" campaign

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No, Facebook isn't banning religion from the site, nor is it putting a permanent account ban on anyone with a foul mouth. Don't fall for these latest Facebook hoaxes.

The Talking Angela witch hunt - what on earth is going on?

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For the last week, the internet - and Facebook in particular - has been positively moist with the foamy, spittle flecks of an outraged, pitchfork wielding mob. The outrage has been so verbose and so sudden that the internet has all but run out of upper case letters.

SSCC 135 - Flappy Bird frenzy, Talking Angela talkfest, NBC hype, Kickstarter and Forbes [PODCAST]

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What happened to Flappy Bird? Why was Talking Angela so talked about? Is internet access at the Winter Olympics in Sochi really a "special danger" situation? What can we learn from the database breaches at Kickstarter and Forbes?

The "Talking Angela" chain letter: Three tips to help you avoid Facebook hoaxes

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The "Talking Angela" chain letter, which tells a scary but unsubstantiated security story about a popular game, is spreading again.

Here are three tips to help you steer clear of security hoaxes on Facebook...

Watch out! Facebook is NOT closing in March - please don't spread the hoax!

It's the first calendar quarter of the year, and with February and March on the visible horizon, we're seeing the annual reappearance of "Facebook is closing" hoaxes.

Even if you think they're funny, please don't help them to spread...

NSA, Apple, Facebook and Adobe - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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A touch of fun but with a serious side - and only a minute to watch it.

Give our weekly "60 Second Security" video a whirl today...

Please don't spread the Facebook "giraffe picture" hoax!

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A bizarre warning is circulating on Facebook urging you not to change your profile picture to a giraffe.

It's a hoax - so please don't spread it, even if you think it's amusing: false alarms just make us collectively less likely to react when there really is a problem.

Online dating scam costs lovelorn Canadian $500k

Lovelorn Canadian conned out of $500k in online dating scam

The rise of online dating has been spotted by cyber-crooks looking to exploit every weakness of the web-using world. Poor "Tony" lost $500,000 (CAD) to online scammers after being pulled into a complex, long-term fake romance con by a man he met on a dating site.

Seriously folks, you should know that Facebook warning about a virus *burning* your hard disk is bunk

Seriously folks, you should know Facebook hoax about a virus *burning* your hard disk is bunk

Facebook users have been sharing a warning about a virus that "burns the entire hard disk".

It's nonsense, of course. When will people learn?

Bill Gates offers $5000 for Facebook sharing? It's just not that funny

Bill Gates offers $5000 for Facebook sharing? It's just not that funny

Bill Gates may be a billionaire, but if he's going to splash his cash around he's got better things to do with it than give it to people who simply share a photo of him on Facebook.

Has Justin Bieber died in a car crash? No. But that doesn't stop Facebook users spreading the "news"

Has Justin Bieber died in a car crash? No. But that doesn't stop Facebook users spreading the "news"

Get your real news from real news websites. Don't trust Google or your Facebook friends, as they may be sharing links and stories that simply aren't true.

Talking Angela iPhone app scare spreads on Facebook

Talking Angela iPhone app scare spreads on Facebook

A warning spreads on Facebook about "Talking Angela", an app that gives your children some animated cat chat.

Malheureusement, it's all too simple for people to share warnings - rather than check if the facts are true.

Racist "McDonald's" notice posted on Facebook is designed to generate calls of complaint to KFC

Racist "McDonald's" notice posted on Facebook is designed to generate calls of complaint to KFC

Is a branch of McDonald's really charging African-Americans an extra $1.50?

Of course not, but thousands of Facebook fans are spreading the story regardless.

Facebook will be closed for maintenance between Feb 29-31 - joke chain letter spreads

Facebook will be closed for maintenance between Feb 29-31 - joke chain letter spreads

Messages have been spreading on Facebook claiming that the social network will be closed between February 29th and February 31st, 2013.

And, of course, it's kinda true. Don't try to log in on June 31st either...

Wow. Mickey Rourke has died snowboarding, just like Sylvester Stallone, Jim Carrey, Christian Slater...

Wow. Mickey Rourke has died in a snowboarding accident, just like Sylvester Stallone, Jim Carrey and Christian Slater

Despite what you may have read on the internet, Mickey Rourke has *not* died in a snowboarding accident.

Security team fails to check logs, lets man goof off by outsourcing own job for years

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A Naked Security reader with an eye for amusement yesterday pointed out a little beauty of a security story: man outources own job, goofs off reading LOLcats all day.

Thing is, do you believe it? Or is the story testing you?

Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys has NOT died in a car crash

Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys has NOT died in a car crash

Facebook and Twitter users of a certain age have got themselves into a dither worrying that Neil Tennant, singer with the Pet Shop Boys, had died in a car crash.

The truth is that Tennant, like other celebrities before him, is the victim of an internet hoax.

My Birthday Calendar warning spreads quickly on Facebook, generating panic

My Birthday Calendar warning spreads quickly on Facebook, generating panic

Facebook users are spreading a warning to their friends and family online about a supposedly malicious application called "My birthday calendar".

But are there real lessons to be learnt about sharing information on Facebook?

Facebook won't donate money for boy's life-saving surgery after he saved his sister from rapist. Because it's a hoax

Facebook won't donate money for boy's life-saving surgery after he saved his sister from rapist. Because it's a hoax

Seriously - would Facebook really donate 45 cents everytime someone shares a story about a boy saving his six-year-old sister from rape?

Please don't believe everything you read on Facebook.

Jim Carrey has NOT died in a snowboarding accident, despite what you read on the net

Jim Carrey has NOT died in a snowboarding accident

Messages have spread across social networks today claiming that film actor Jim Carrey has been killed in a snowboarding accident.

Of course, it's nonsense. But there's an important security lesson for those who believed it.