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Twitter Offers Secure Login

by Barbara J. Feldman March 23, 2011

Now that Facebook offers a secure connection to keep your data away from prying eyes when you are on a shared connection, such as the WiFi at your local favorite coffee stop, Twitter has one too. To turn it on, log into your Twitter.com account, and click on your name in the upper-right hand corner. […]

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Facebook Offers New Layout Option

by Barbara J. Feldman January 12, 2011

Facebook introduced a new profile page layout as a user option a few weeks ago. This new layout includes a horizontal grid of five photo thumbnails, flanked, on the left, by a profile picture. Inspired by French artist Alexandre Oudin, more and more Facebook users are experimenting with clever juxtapositions of these thumbnails. Check out […]

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Reduce Your Risk on Facebook

by Barbara J. Feldman November 17, 2010

Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd explores some unusual ways to reduce risk on Facebook at her blog Apophenia. For example, some Facebook users deactivate their account whenever they log out. This doesn’t delete any friends or settings, and when you login and reactive, everything is just as you left it. But it does eliminate “pesky” wall […]

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Limiting Facebook Updates to Certain Friends

by Barbara J. Feldman October 6, 2010

Facebook status updates generally are sent to all your friends, but there are controls that can customize exactly who sees your update. After typing your update into the Facebook status update box, click on the small lock next to the Share button. Now, you’ll see a drop-down menu that let’s you choose Everyone, Friends of […]

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Facebook Privacy Guide

by Barbara J. Feldman September 8, 2010

With its new Facebook Places service, Facebook recently pitted itself against Foursquare in the location-based social media market. Almost immediately concerns over privacy were raised by the ACLU, who says that opting out of public tagging of your location is too difficult. To learn how to lock down the various geo-tagging features of Facebook, take […]

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