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How to Keep Your Facebook Activities Private

If you'll recall, we've already held court on Facebook, helping the uninitiated to get acquainted with the Internet's most popular social networking site.

But the good folks at AllFacebook have now posted a 200-level course in how to keep your Facebook activities safe and secure. With all the horror stories of bosses, swindlers and admissions officers snooping around folks' Facebook profiles, we'd suggest you give these tips a glance. Fortunately, it doesn't exactly take a Harvard man to figure them out. [From: AllFacebook]

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    17 New Yorkers Busted for ID Theft and Money Laundering
    Back in 2007, the New York-based company Western Express International was found to be a powerful credit-card harvesting operation, responsible for trafficking 95,000 stolen card numbers. Seventeen employees were indicted.

    More Than Four Million Health Records Breached in 2008
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    CardSystems Solutions Taken for 40 Million Accounts
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    Hackers Who Stole Credit Card Numbers from Dave & Buster's Arrested
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    11 Arrested in Theft of 41 Million Credit Card Numbers
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