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Chipotle Twitter Account Fakes Its Own Hack, Gains 4,000 Followers

Earlier this week, Chipotle’s Twitter account started sending out strange and random tweets that led many to believe the account had been hacked.

Turns out, Chipotle faked its own Twitter hack as part of a publicity stunt celebrating the fast food chain’s 20th anniversary.

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Twitter To Implement Microsoft’s PhotoDNA System To Block Child Porn

The Guardian reported yesterday, in an exclusive from Twitter, that the social network will be introducing a tagging system to prevent child porn images being posted.

Unfortunately, the current Twitter ecosystem sees millions of child abuse pictures posted among the millions of tweets sent every day.

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In Honor Of July 4th, A History Of The Right To Privacy In America [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 4th weekend is the perfect time to take a look back at the history of the right to privacy in America.

With the recent NSA scandal, and Twitter’s standout status as protector of its users’ security, in mind, safe VPN provider Hotspot Shield assembled the following infographic.

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5 Golden Rules To Keep Your Children Safe On Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social media has changed the world and revolutionised the way that billions of people engage and interact with each other, as well as with brands, institutions and public bodies.

However, like many things on the internet, social networking comes with a dark side, too. Sure, it’s not quite as dark as some would have you believe, but it definitely pays to use your common sense. Of course, kids don’t have much of that, so as parents and concerned citizens we need to look out for them. What should you be doing to keep your children safe online?

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Most Willing To Exchange Private Social Data For Better Online Experience, Says Study [INFOGRAPHIC]

Here’s an interesting statistic: more than half of social network users in the United Kingdom say they are willing to share their private social data on other websites in exchange for personalised content and a better experience.

54 percent would share their relationship status with a third party website, and half (50 percent) would share their interests and hobbies. Almost three in five (56 percent) would login using their social media profile, and 41 percent would be happy to see product recommendations based on their (social) interests.

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How Burglars Are Using Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

With the rise of social media, burglars have easier access to specific information regarding homeowners than ever before.

More than 75% of burglars reportedly use Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare to target potential properties. But that doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself.

The following infographic, issued by the UK’s Distinctive Doors, takes a look at all the ways burglars utilize social media, and therefore what you should be doing to secure your property.

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Do You Reveal Too Much About Yourself On Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC]

As Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn have become an integral part of our everyday routines, sharing private information about ourselves publicly to these channels has in turn become the norm which, in some cases, can be hazardous.

In the face of Twitter account hacks, the recent controversy over the NSA’s data mining, and Facebook phishing, how do you keep your data safe?

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Online Trust Alliance’s 2013 Honor Roll Report Names Twitter #1 In Consumer Protection

The Online Trust Alliance’s 2013 Honor Roll report, a comprehensive audit of the Internet’s most visible companies, has given Twitter the stamp of approval for voluntary best practices, consumer protection and self-regulation.

Read on to see how Twitter came out on top in the OTA audit, and other key takeaways from the report.

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Your Geotagged Tweets Feed Twitter’s Visual Insights Team’s Fetish

Did you know the Visual Insights team at Twitter is “obsessed with the patterns that emerge from aggregated tweets over time?” Well, they are.

That explains (to those of us who are paranoid) why the “tweet location” option keeps mysteriously activating itself despite pointed attempts to disable it permanently.

And . . . there’s more.

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Hootsuite Offers Twitter Security Alerts To Help Protect Your Accounts

Do you live in fear of the Syrian Electronic Army hacking your Twitter account? Or do you have a CEO with less than stellar social media skills?¬†Or maybe you belong on our Twit List as someone who outsources “social” to interns and kinda deserve whatever public embarrassment you get.

But regardless of the scenario, a little Twitter security couldn’t hurt. For at the end of the day, even the most savvy social-ites are at risk.

And guess what? Hootsuite’s got yo’ back:

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