Facebook “shadow profile” is an industry term for personal data amassed by Facebook from multiple sources: info you provide, plus information shared by your friends (via the sharing of their contact lists, for example), and online tracking pixels. Because the …[Continue]
How to Post a Facebook Privacy Notice
No, no, no, NO! There is NO legalese that you can post on your Facebook wall that will protect your privacy nor the ownership of your posts and photos. The agreement between you and Facebook is completely defined by the …[Continue]
How to Erase Posts from your Social Media History
Sometimes we realize our mistakes as soon as we hit Post, Send, or Tweet. Other times we want to go back into our digital history, and erase stuff we posted when we were young, naive, stupid, silly, angry, hostile, offensive …[Continue]
How to Stop Your Facebook Likes from Showing Up in Ads
Have you noticed on your Facebook wall that Aunt Susie likes a particular bank, or your BFF likes a certain brand of cat food? These sponsored posts are one of the ways Facebook makes money, and it’s one of the …[Continue]
What is the Deep Web?
The Deep Web is that part of the Internet that is hidden from search engines such as Google and Yahoo! It’s the part of the web you can’t find unless you know about it. Researchers say that the Web we …[Continue]
How to Improve your Twitter Security Settings
Although Twitter has made fewer privacy faux pas than Facebook, it’s still a good idea to periodically review your Twitter privacy and security settings, as things do change from time to time. Now that Twitter is serving ads, for example, …[Continue]
Is Snapchat Private?
No, Snapchat and all other social networks are inherently not private. And the fact that Snapchat promises to erase your photos lulls many users (especially teens) into a false sense of privacy. In addition to the ability for the recipient …[Continue]
Is the Facebook Messenger App Evil?
Last week Facebook made a change to its messaging service, requiring mobile users to download (and use) a separate Facebook Messenger app, instead of being able to message through your existing mobile Facebook app. The public outcry was swift and …[Continue]