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Using Twitter And Facebook In The Workplace Increases Security Risk, Says Study

A new global study suggests that virus and malware attacks within the workplace have increased because employees are using Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms in the office, largely for personal reasons.

Ponemon Institute, a research organization, polled 4,640 companies around the world, and more than half said that computer attacks had grown directly as a result of staff using social networks.

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4 Out Of 5 Burglars Use Twitter And Facebook To Select Victims, Says Survey

An eye-opening 78 percent of burglars have said that social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare are being used to select properties.

54 percent also said that placing their status and whereabouts on social networking sites was a common mistake made by homeowners.

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How Do You Manage Problem Followers On Twitter?

Easy: block them.

It really is that simple. Twitter is too precious a resource to be ruined by the antisocial behaviour of a persistent minority.

And it is a minority – most of the people you meet and engage with on Twitter will be courteous and civil. But a small percentage of every community – and this is certainly true across the internet – will be rude and disruptive, going out of their way to poison the well.

Thankfully, peace of mind is just one click away.

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Twitter, Facebook, YouTube – How To Identify (And Fight) Internet Trolls [INFOGRAPHIC]

Wikipedia defines a troll as “someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response”, and these foul beasts have been the plague of the internet since it first opened its doors.

They quickly populate (and poison) any place on the web that is even remotely popular. So naturally, once social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook began to attract hundreds of millions of users, the trolls began to arrive. En masse.

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Twitter Security 101: 5 Official Tips For Keeping Your Profile Safe

Your security on Twitter is important, and while Twitter and their Trust & Safety team (led by the very capable Del Harvey) work their little cotton socks off to keep the platform as secure as possible, the onus is on you, the user, to take responsibility to ensure you’re not making yourself more susceptible to exploitation.

Over on the official Twitter blog, there’s a new entry that attempts to answer a question that they probably receive hundreds, maybe thousands of times a day. Namely:

“How do I keep my Twitter account safe and private?”

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Paypal UK Twitter Profile Hacked By Angry Customer

It’s not been a good week for security on Twitter. On Monday we reported about how one of the main Fox News Twitter profiles had been hacked by the Anonymous splinter group Script Kiddies, who used the exploit to send false messages about the death of President Obama. Damagingly for both Fox and Twitter, it took over 10 hours before the messages were removed.

Yesterday, at a little about 9pm (GMT), the Twitter profile of Paypal UK was also hacked, this time by what appears to be an unhappy customer. The hijacker posted a series of critical messages against the service, and also changed the avatar, bio and the profile URL.

The good news? It only took two hours for somebody to notice, which might just be a new record for Twitter.

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Twitter Tight-Lipped On Fox News Hack As 10 Hours Pass Before ‘Obama Is Dead’ Tweets Are Removed

As we reported yesterday, the Fox News @foxnewspolitics account was hacked at 1.56am Monday morning – on the Fourth Of July, no less – and in an extremely crass move, the hijackers, who later identified themselves as the Anonymous splinter group “Script Kiddies”, then went on to publish six tweets announcing the ‘death’ of President Barack Obama.

The news was, of course, entirely false, but because the messages came from a verified account and provided sufficient detail the tweets were widely shared throughout Twitter.

The content was disturbing enough, but the really sickening part was how slow Twitter was to respond to the breach. It wasn’t until 12.34pm ET – over 10 hours since the first hacked tweet was published – that control of the profile was returned to Fox News and the offensive messages were removed.

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Defending Your Privacy: Is Twitter More Secure Than Facebook? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Privacy and security within social media is a very hot topic, and Facebook in particularly has been dragged over the coals on multiple occasions for what has been perceived by many as a very casual, even flippant attitude towards the safety of their users.

But here’s the thing: unlike Twitter, Facebook – despite attempts to the contrary – is not really an open, public network. While the history of Mark Zuckerberg’s baby is littered with controversial default privacy settings, if you make just a little effort with your Facebook settings it’s fairly easy to ensure that your daily updates, likes and other interactions are protected from uninvited guests.

This isn’t the case with Twitter. You only have two options: everything you say is public, or everything you say is protected. The vast majority of users wisely choose the former option, as Twitter is an open network. The things you say are meant to be seen by others. Even people you don’t know. And thanks to functionality like retweets, Twitter encourages you to share information with your network, who will often pass that message on to complete strangers. And vice versa.

And while most of us get along with that just fine, sometimes things go horribly wrong. And it’s at these moments that we realise that Twitter isn’t a particularly secure medium for communication. That is, of course, the point, but, given enough time, it’s incredibly easy to become complacent over something that’s fundamentally linked to security online: the cameras are always on, and you’re always being watched.

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US Secret Service Wants You To Follow Them On Twitter (But Watch Out If They Start Following You)

The US Secret Service (@SecretService) launched an official Twitter account yesterday, and in their first tweet (and without a single trace of irony) asked others to follow them.

Secret Service spokesman – an oxymoron if ever there was one – Max Millen has said the Twitter profile will be used to “highlight the investigative missions, press releases, and distribute information to communities hosting national special security events, to explore Secret Service history and promote any recruiting opportunities.”

The account has rapidly moved to almost 10,000 followers, which is nice and all, but does the Secret Service really have a legitimate (and, indeed, welcome) place on a public social network?

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You Should Be Able To Untag Yourself From Mentions On Twitter

Last month I proposed a solution to the problem of ugly tweets (and individuals) appearing on your Twitter stream – a hide button.

However, there is another way Twitter could empower us to control what does and does not appear in our mentions folder – we should be able to untag ourselves when our username is included within undesirable content.

This would work very much like untagging yourself from a photo on Facebook, something which I used to have to do a lot until Facebook upgraded their privacy controls. Mentions are predominately a positive experience on Twitter and most of the time we welcome them into our lives, but as with everywhere else on the internet there are bad people out there, plus a decent pinch of good, old-fashioned weirdos, too.

I have seen my username included on Twitter for ‘retweets’ that are completely falsified – I never said or linked to what is being retweeted, but now all of a sudden I’m endorsing herbal Viagra and The Jonas Brothers (often in the same tweet). While I love the organic, manual retweet, this has always been a major flaw on Twitter. You can type in somebody’s username and have them say or do pretty much anything, and now that message is out there for potentially millions of people to see.

A one-click unmention button would enable us all to manage not only what we have to see in our inboxes, but Twitter could also configure this so that untagged tweets did not rank for that user in Twitter search, which would allow us all a greater level of security and protection from fraud. And who doesn’t want that?