This article is inspired by another piece we've published today in which John Bryan asks 'is data privacy an out of date concept?' I think we all have a responsibility to ourselves and the younger generation to take greater steps to protect our data - we can't know the significance of exposure today on our lives tomorrow.
For some people, it seems as if they put their whole lives on display on social media. They are often, themselves, posting the very information that organisations go to great lengths to try to protect. So are we trying to protect privacy based on past social values? Are we old-fashioned in trying to keep a lid on the social media generation?
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?
Legislators in California are working to give teens more control over content they have posted on the web by giving them the ability to push the reset button on their social media profiles.
Researchers at Canada's University of Victoria have published a website, CATSMI, that provides information on more than 20 social networks privacy policies and what they mean to you.
When someone contacts you entirely for their benefit, out of the blue, and pitches you a concept that is peculiar at best, and outright alarming at worst...
...you really do find yourself thinking, "Why? WHY? What can the sender POSSIBLY hope to get out of this?"
The UK's Guardian newspaper laid into the Department for Work and Pensions yesterday with a story entitled "Eleven work and pensions civil servants sacked for using Twitter or Facebook".
Where does your organisation sit on the social media fence?
Would you pay a small, monthly fee to help cover the costs to restore your reputation, get your stolen identity back, and bury the most noxious content manufactured by trolls to torment you?
How do you know whether the proud owner of a bunch of Likes is being honest about how those Likes were gleaned?
Paul Ducklin investigates a case of commercial honesty in respect of social media.
Social media and health care privacy may not mix well, but telling the trainees who have grown up with social media to simply "abstain – or else!" doesn't help students structure their behaviours in the digital age.
Hospitals, worried about lack of professionalism and inadvertent leaking of confidential data, are warning doctors not to set up relationships with patients on Facebook and Twitter.
MyPermissions makes it simple to manage what applications and websites can access your online accounts.
Maybe it's time to get into the habit of regularly checking what you've given permission to, and whether you still want to grant a third party app or site access to your account?
The FTC has announced a tentative agreement with Facebook to address alleged privacy abuses the company inflicted on its users. Does the agreement go far enough?
The settlement addresses charges that the company misled users about how it would use their personal information. Facebook would be required to obtain user consent before making “material retroactive changes” but wouldn’t have to change current policies.
Social networking is big news, even for traditional print publications.
Even a medium as casual and as abbreviated as Twitter can get you into deep trouble.
Scammers have been devising ways to ride on someone else's coattails since the dawn of time. With every new technology they find another way to make money from nothing. Today I am going to highlight a method that involves Twitter, Read more…