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Facebook shrugs off claims of password insecurity

posted onJune 19, 2014
by l33tdawg

Facebook has dismissed claims that its password security is inadequate, following a report by software firm Dashlane that criticised the firm's credentials policy.

The report checked password policy on websites popular in the UK, noting minimum password length, whether password had to include numbers and letters of both cases, and whether users were shown the password strength, among other factors.

Three Reasons To Believe Facebook Might Be Used to Spy On You

posted onJune 11, 2014
by l33tdawg

Facebook could be used against you. Privacy is something that should concern everyone, yet social networking blurs the line between right and wrong.

No matter how much personal information you put online, more can be gleaned from you. Just think of advertising. Very little is coincidence. However, we can’t go into conspiracy theory territory. The world probably isn’t out to get you.

Nonetheless, Facebook can be utilised in some very interesting ways.

​Facebook quashes "myths" about in-app audio recognition

posted onJune 4, 2014
by l33tdawg

The head of Facebook's US-based Security Infrastructure team has defended a recent app update that uses a smartphone's microphone for Shazam-like audio recognition.

The feature was announced at the end of May, and was expected to roll out within weeks. Allowing Android and iOS users to "identify TV and music instantly," the app is capable of recording ambient sounds in the user's environment to recognise what show is on the TV or what song is playing.

Facebook, Zynga beat wiretap lawsuits

posted onMay 12, 2014
by l33tdawg

Facebook and Zynga have defeated class-action lawsuits accusing the companies of civil wiretapping allegations connected to advertising practices.

The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals, in a joint opinion filed last week on the two lawsuits [PDF], ruled the advertising practices at issue did not involve wiretapping. The San Francisco-based appeals court, however, reinstated allegations that Facebook violated its terms of service for its users, which now number about 1.2 billion.

Wiretap claims fail against Facebook, Zynga

posted onMay 9, 2014
by l33tdawg

A US appeals court has dismissed federal wiretap claims against Facebook and Zynga in a civil lawsuit over disclosure of user information to advertisers.

In a separate ruling, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals also revived breach of contract claims under state law against Facebook over the information disclosures.

The Year of the Facebook

posted onMay 5, 2014
by l33tdawg

These were the days when everyone was still beautiful, and we were all still rich. The things big bubble-pop doomsayers kept predicting hadn’t happened yet, and Facebook was on top of everything else. It was just firing. And firing. And firing. Even the misses–Paper and Home and Poke–seemed like they didn’t matter because its hits were so vital. And with the wind at its back, the fog of war blew away from its eyes and into those of its enemies. It seemed like only Mark could see clearly.

Facebook adds new Nearby Friends feature to engage mobile users

posted onApril 17, 2014
by l33tdawg

Facebook has spent a lot of time recently talking about anything but Facebook. Instead, the company has spent billions buying technology and developing new apps separate from the Facebook service. But on Thursday, the social network announced the first significant feature for its core product in over a year.

Called Nearby Friends, it lets users see which of their Facebook friends are in physical proximity to them.

FTC warning unlikely to stop Facebook from changing WhatsApp privacy policies

posted onApril 15, 2014
by l33tdawg

Despite pressure from the Federal Trade Commission, Facebook is unlikely to leave WhatsApp's stricter privacy policies intact, once government regulators approve the $19 billion acquisition, privacy experts say.

Late last week, Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, sent Facebook a letter, warning the social network that it must abide by the privacy promises WhatsApp made to users of its instant messaging service.

Tutorial: Facebook 2-factor authentication, step-by-step

posted onApril 14, 2014
by l33tdawg

Facebook has never seemed to have a particularly friendly relationship with security and privacy. After all, the more Facebook knows about you, the more the company can profit from the social graph. But while the company has implemented some fine security features for users, the way they present them leaves a lot to be desired.