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Google’s new privacy policy: Things you might like to know

If you’ve got an account on Google, YouTube, GMail, or Google+, you’ve likely received an email from the company suggesting you take a few minutes to look it over. Google’s been catching some flak since the announcement, as people ranging … Read

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How to limit what apps say about you on Facebook Timeline

As if managing your privacy settings on Facebook itself weren’t enough, last week a list of 60+ external apps that feed the new Facebook Timeline was released. That’s great news if you want to be able to engage in “frictionless” … Read

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Sharing your process

Even as recently as a few years back, there was this notion that you should keep everything a secret until it was completely finished for fear that your idea would be “stolen.” Social media has opened lots of doors, both … Read

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Get ready for the new Facebook Timeline

Last week, Facebook made a huge announcement that many social media pundits suggest will change social media as we know it. The latest feature, dubbed Timeline, will take your status updates, likes, events, and other activity on (and off) Facebook … Read

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Facebook answers Google+’s privacy features with a feature overhaul

It looks like Facebook is taking privacy a little more seriously these days. On Tuesday, the social networking giant rolled out a sweeping overhaul to its privacy and security settings, to give you more direct control over what you post … Read

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All profiles on Google+ must be public; private profiles to be deleted

Google is taking a stance on whether one should be allowed to remain fully private with one’s online presence. In a just-released help article, Google explains the rationale behind public profiles–specifically, that a Google+ profile is a great opportunity to … Read

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Facebook introduces face recognition technology: Here’s how to block it

Facebook has announced another feature that’s making privacy pundits cringe–automatic face recognition on uploaded photos. This feature is also enabled by default, but is relatively easy to turn off if you’d like more privacy. Fast Company has written a good … Read

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Keep your Facebook information safe from unwelcome eyes

Facebook’s security settings may seem like they need a computer science degree to comprehend, but that needn’t be the case. Lifehacker has shared a good guide to locking down your Facebook profile to make sure your friends, family, and colleagues … Read

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Facebook, public data and your privacy

Recently I’ve seen another round of concerned Facebook postings about a service called Spokeo. Spokeo is a modern take on the old-fashioned phone book, but instead of just your name, address, and number, it might show photos of you, your … Read

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New Firefox extension makes hijacking your online accounts frighteningly easy

You’ve always known that you should be careful when sharing personal information online, right? And that you should be even more careful when doing that sort of thing on public wireless networks? This week, a small utility was released to … Read

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