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Safer Internet Day: don't be an online sheep - our Top 10 Tips help you think before you act


Today is Safer Internet Day, aimed at helping youngsters to enjoy the internet without putting themselves at risk.

So here are our Top 10 Tips. Don't be a sheep and just follow the defaults - it's OK to be different, and to think for yourself before you make choices online!

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

Did you miss anything in the past week?

Here's a recap of the hot 21 stories of the past seven days, so you can catch up quickly!

Android holed again, JAY Z and "Magna Carta", Tumblr and HTTPS - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


Another Android code verification flaw revealed, and JAY Z takes the concept of "Magna Carta" to a whole new level.

Take a minute to look at this week's 60 Second Security video to learn more!

"Omg this is so cool!" Pinterest hack feeds spam to Twitter and Facebook

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Another rash of account takeovers on the photo-sharing site Pinterest has spilled over onto Twitter and Facebook, as spammers take advantage of linked accounts.

Michael Dell's daughter all at sea on social networks - how do your kids measure up?

Michael Dell's daughter all at sea on social networks - how do your kids measure up?

Michael Dell's daughter has apparently been suspended from Twitter for blurting out too much about the family.

But what about your kids? Do they have their social networking behaviours under control? For that matter, do you?

Facial recognition comes to Google+, but unlike Facebook it's opt-in


Google is rolling out a new feature for Google Plus users that uses facial recognition to help tag photos. Will Google's opt-in policy ease privacy concerns?

Viral marketing company sets new security lows with 'frame a friend' campaign


Aussie-headquartered voicemail company Messages On Hold is no stranger to guerilla marketing campaigns.

But the company's latest effort at viral marketing is surely one of the most irresponsible yet: you're invited to 'frame' a friend for a crime.

Google launches Google+ Facebook competitor, publishes new privacy policies

Google launches Facebook competitor, publishes new privacy policies

The mystery of the black menu bar at the top of your Google searches this morning is solved.

Apparently, it's part of gearing up for Google's latest assault on the social networking scene.

How Facebook ruined Thessa's 16th birthday party

A not-so-happy 16th for Thessa

A north-German teen, known as Thessa, was planning her 16th birthday party. She used Facebook to invite her pals. Unfortunately, Thessa's invite was sent not only to her connections, but to everyone as a public event. Within a few hours, a staggering *15000* Facebook users had RSVPed for the Friday night party at her parents' home.

Secure websites are insecure - ask Firesheep


In the light of Firesheep, is it time for websites and social networks to enable https for all aspects of their services?

Facebook new groups feature rife with abuse

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Facebook's newly announced groups feature may not be the boon for privacy some have predicted. Although only a small percentage of Facebook's users are upgraded to the new features it would appear people are exploring the possibilities in a rather Read more…

Sophos Security Chet Chat 25 & 26

Sophos Security Chet Chat 25 & 26

Sophos Security Chet Chat episode 25 is now live in the Sophos podcast archive. Last week Michael Argast and I discussed this weeks social media news as well as Google's new adoption of OpenID with Yahoo! allowing federated login to Read more…

Workshop On Social Networking (WOSN) 2010

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This week I attended the Usenix Annual Technical Conference in Boston. The first day of the conference I attended the 3rd annual Workshop On Social Networking. It was interesting spending the day with academics who have an entirely different perspective Read more…

Educate your users about social networking threats with our free toolkit

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Sally in the marketing department has put together a really handy package, which will help you educate your users about social networking threats. And the best news of all is that it's completely free! Tell us all about it Sally.. Read more…

How gullible are you?

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Consider the following claims: 1. In the Privacy Settings interface in Facebook, there is a search facility to make it easy to find people and groups you wish to block. 2. A Facebook group called Automation Labs consists of people Read more…

Your privacy, Facebook, and why you should care

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In December many of my press contacts were working on their 2009 in review and 2010 prediction stories, providing me a rare opportunity to reflect on the past year. Ordinarily when blogging we tend to focus on a hot topic Read more…

12 tips of Christmas - A safer Twitter for 2010

12 tips of Christmas - A safer Twitter for 2010

As we roll into the holiday season and many of us are taking more time away from work to spend with our families, we inevitably geek out. We have more time to read blogs, play video games, and reach out Read more…