Security

25 Worst Internet Passwords

If “password” is your password, chances are you’ve been the victim of a hack attack. “Password” is the least successful, according to SplashData’s annual list of worst Internet passwords. The list, notes Mashable.com, is somewhat predictable. Sequences of adjacent numbers or letters on the keyboard, such as “qwerty” and “123456,” and popular names, such as …

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Facebook reveals its user-tracking secrets

For the first time, Facebook has revealed details about how it tracks users across the web. Through interviews with Facebook engineering director Arturo Bejar, Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes, Facebook corporate spokesman Barry Schnitt and Facebook engineering manager Gregg Stefancik, USA Today‘s Byron Acohido was able to compile the most complete picture to date of how …

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Facebook: Attack identified, most spammed porn removed

Facebook says a hack that exploited some Web browsers was responsible for a flood of porn, violent images and other graphic content that spread across the site over the past couple of days. Spokesman Frederic Wolens said Facebook’s security team had been working to identify the cause of the spam and that, by Tuesday afternoon, …

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Google+ isn’t a social network: it’s a web spider hungry for your data

Newsflash from Monaco: Google+ isn’t a social network after all. Speaking to a well-heeled crowd at the annual Monaco Media Forum, Nikesh Arora, Google’s chief business officer, has come clean. The site, which launched over 100 days ago, and has more that 40 million sign-ups, has been seen by most as a major attempt to …

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Facebook settlement will make all future privacy changes “opt-in”

Facebook is close to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that will require the social network to make all future privacy changes “opt-in.” Facebook has been hit with numerous complaints that privacy changes made personal information public by default, but a pending settlement with the US government “would require Facebook to obtain users’ consent …

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