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Hacked and Hijacked! What's Next When Your Facebook/Twitter Is Hacked

Symptom: Maybe your Twitter or Facebook friends have gotten viciously spammed with fake offers for a free iPad, or a link to a fake app -- from your profile. Or, maybe you've discover posts on your profile that you never wrote, often with links leading to websites, apps or coupons. You may discover personal messages sent to friends that you didn't write, perhaps asking them to wire money. Or,...

Anonymous and Tunisia: A New Cyber Warfare?

Tunisia's 'Jasmine Revolution' ignited on December 17th, when a street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of a local police station. The demonstration struck a chord within millions of Tunisians -- many of whom, like Bouazizi, had fallen on hard times, due to the country's stagnant labor market, skyrocketing food prices and high-level political corruption. Within days,...

The Web's Biggest Scams: From 419 to the Hitman

Share The Web is awash with bad seeds who want your money, your data and your sweet, sweet identity. We don't want to scare you -- since these people are the exception, not the rule -- but they are out there. Crafty buggers who prey on trust and carelessness, scammers are not only persistent social engineers, but also skilled hackers who take over Facebook accounts, break into bank databases and...

The Worst of 2010: A Horrible Year for Technology, the Internet and Humankind

December is the month that marks Christmas, Boxing Day and Emily Dickinson's birthday. It's also the time of year that we face endless Year In Review lists, posted across every form of media. Most of these lists focus on The Best, The Greatest, The Most Memorable. Well, isn't that cheery? But, you see, 2010 was a horrible year, and it doesn't deserve self-congratulatory pats on the back. Sure,...

Facebook's New Groups Demystified: What They Are and How to Use Them

Share Facebook, for many users, has always been something of a digital mosh pit -- an amorphous sphere where friends, family and acquaintances from all corners of our lives converge to form the silky strands of our social webs. Simply browsing through a News Feed, to a certain extent, is like leafing through the pages of a living scrapbook. One minute, you're carefully deciphering your...

Facebook Unveils Groups, Apps Dashboard, 'Download Your Information' Features

This afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled three new Facebook products in a rather wordy press conference. The first two updates deal largely with user data, portability and control. Zuck spoke about the ability of Facebook Connect to bring your personal information to other sites and services, but lamented the inability to easily take that information and look at it yourself. "Download your...

The Changing, Web-Connected World of Politics, And How You Can Get Involved

Social networking gives us a cross-section of virtually every political opinion known to man. Are there racists and bigots? Of course. Tree-huggers and granola-munchers? Absolutely. And that's the magic. They may not subscribe to the same worldview or all check the same box every November, but the political masses are here, online, making their presence known. What we have before us is, for...

Facebook Infests Everything! Living in Zuckerberg's Social New World Order

Share Even though the Facebook story seems far from over, David Fincher's 'The Social Network,' the first major motion picture to document the rise of Mark Zuckerberg and his creation, is hitting theaters this week. Facebook may have launched less than a decade ago, but the site has already burrowed its way so deeply into our collective consciousness that it's hard for many of us to imagine a...

The Facebook Phone Saga: What We Know So Far

News of a forthcoming Facebook smartphone has been flying around the Web this week, but all the rumors, denials and ambiguous public statements have made it pretty difficult for the casual tech follower to separate fact from fiction. While the story continues to mature with each passing day, here's a brief history of its evolution, and what we know thus far. Rumors of a Facebook phone first...

Facebook Places Shares Where You Are

Share Since March, at least, we've known that Facebook Places has been coming. We also knew that, despite its built-in audience, Facebook would have to offer more functionality than established location-based services like Foursquare if it hoped to succeed. Finally, after months of testing, Zuckerberg and crew have taken the cover off Places, and entered a brand new realm of usage. You'll be...

How to Make and Manage a Facebook Fan Page

@ Share We're sure that at least a few of you out there have a business, website or maybe a band that you want to promote on Facebook. Operating a standard Facebook profile for promotional purposes is hardly an ideal solution (and we're pretty sure, in the case of a business, a violation of the terms of service). So that's where pages come into play. Pages are distinct from profiles in several...

Fed Up With Facebook? Delete it, and Here's How

Share Back in February, CEO Mark Zuckerberg celebrated Facebook's 6th birthday and 400 millionth member by penning an open letter to his users to thank them for making both milestones possible. "Whether in times of tragedy or joy, people want to share and help one another," Zuckerberg wrote. "This human need is what inspires us to continue to innovate and build things that allow people to...

The Social Gaming Surprise: 'FarmVille' Is Blowing 'GTA' Away

Share Every month, roughly 100 million people log into Facebook to tend their virtual farms in 'FarmVille,' or to wage virtual war against their mob enemies in 'Mafia Wars.' To put things in perspective, those numbers roughly equal the populations of France and Canada combined. Anyone who tells you that social gaming is a flash in the pan is wrong... dead wrong. So now, the video game industry...

Why 'We Will Not Pay For Facebook' and Gold Membership Scams Refuse to Die

Share Facebook has become an indispensable part of daily life for many people. They use it to keep in touch with friends and family, to play games, and to track down old flames. So, it's only natural that folks would panic at the thought of having to pay for what has been a free service. And, of course, there are plenty of e-con men willing to exploit that fear for profit. The 'We Will Not...

Facebook's at It Again: More Changes, More Grumbling

Share Facebook is the Heidi Montag of the Internet. Just when you get used to one look, it undergoes some radical plastic surgery and changes everything. The latest incarnation of the social network has got users talking -- and they don't have a lot of nice things to say. Some call it slower. Others say it's cluttered. And lots of people seem to wonder where their status-update feeds went....