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California Bill Banning Employers From Seeking Facebook Passwords Sees Full Support California Bill Banning Employers From Seeking Facebook Passwords Sees Full Support
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This Facebook snooping by employers thing has really struck a nerve. Ever since it was reported that there was a rising trend in employers asking prospective employees to turn over their social media passwords for investigative purposes, legislatures at both …

55,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked, Passwords Exposed [UPDATED] 55,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked, Passwords Exposed [UPDATED]
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Hackers appear to have successfully exposed the passwords of as many as 55,000 Twitter accounts yesterday, sparking the website to conduct an investigation into just how the security breach occurred. The hack was first reported on the blog Airdemon.net where …

Bill 964 Protects Employees From Having Their Facebook Activities Monitored

Reports indicate that several Baltimore employers have been asking for passwords to their employees social networking sites in an attempt to monitor their employees’ background and activities more closely. Such practices created a public outcry and Baltimore has passed a …

A Social Networking Bill Of Rights? Maybe A Social Networking Bill Of Rights? Maybe
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By now you’ve likely heard of last month’s scandal about employers requiring employees to hand over their passwords to their personal Facebook accounts or else get fired/not hired. While it still appears to be a continuing problem, the issue reached …

Google Is Being More Careful With Your Password Google Is Being More Careful With Your Password
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Google put out its monthly list of algorithm changes today. There were 50 changes in all, though technically not every single one of them is related to the Google algorithm. There was an interesting changes listed related to users’ passwords. …

Teacher’s Aide Suspended: Yet Another Facebook Password Battle

Yet another former employee is fighting a legal battle against employers after being suspended for refusing to hand over access to her Facebook account. Teacher’s aide Kimberly Hester, of Cassopolis, Michigan, has taken unpaid leave and is collecting workman’s compensation …

Asking For Facebook Passwords… Disturbing? Asking For Facebook Passwords… Disturbing?
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This week, the Washington Post ran a story on an example of a potentially disturbing trend in Human Resources practices. They told the tale of Justin Bassett. Bassett was interviewing for a new job. In the course of the interview, …

Facebook Password Privacy Motion Blocked By House Republicans Facebook Password Privacy Motion Blocked By House Republicans
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Remember last week when news broke of shady employers requesting passwords to employees’ personal Facebook accounts? While litigation over the privacy issue has been shuffled around in various levels of government, a motion called “Mind Your Own Business On Passwords” …

The Employers Demanding Facebook Passwords Debate Moves To The State Level The Employers Demanding Facebook Passwords Debate Moves To The State Level

Employers asking for prospective employees’ Facebook passwords: it’s been on everyone’s mind lately after some recent reports that the trend was on the rise. Many are concerned that an employer demanding access to an applicant’s social media accounts as part …

Employers Asking For Facebook Passwords Should Be Illegal, Says One Senator Employers Asking For Facebook Passwords Should Be Illegal, Says One Senator
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Should it be illegal for employers to ask prospective employees for their Facebook passwords? One U.S. Senator thinks so. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) says he’s drafting a bill to ban the practice, and that it should be ready “in the …

Facebook Not Suing Over Employee Password Scandal Facebook Not Suing Over Employee Password Scandal

When Facebook came out on the side of employees and job seekers who did not want to reveal their passwords to prying employers, people cheered. The company that is increasingly seen as in control of far more personal info than …

Employer Facebook Password Requests To Get DOJ Investigation? Employer Facebook Password Requests To Get DOJ Investigation?

Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who announced last week that he was drafting legislation to prohibit employers from demanding Facebook login information of prospective employees, has now teamed up with Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to asked the Department of Justice to look into …

Facebook: Employers Asking For Facebook Passwords Alarming, Distressing Facebook: Employers Asking For Facebook Passwords Alarming, Distressing
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It’s been a big topic in the news lately, one that particularly troubles privacy activists and your average Facebook user alike: Employers, governmental agencies, and even colleges are beginning to demand employees and students’ Facebook passwords. The trend has been …

Groupon: We Don’t Want Employees’ Facebook Passwords Groupon: We Don’t Want Employees’ Facebook Passwords
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We’ve reported several times about the whole ordeal with employers asking the Facebook passwords of job candidates. It’s been a hot, controversial item this week. Facebook deemed the practice alarming. One senator declared that employers asking for Facebook passwords should …

Employee Facebook Passwords: Another Complication Employee Facebook Passwords: Another Complication

The scandal about employers asking for employee and interviewee Facebook passwords is growing fast. We talked about a few examples of this disturbing trend here before, including a discussion of the potential legal issues that could result. While the debate …

Picture Passwords Let You Unlock Your Device By Drawing On A Family Photo Picture Passwords Let You Unlock Your Device By Drawing On A Family Photo
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In a blog post published Friday, Microsoft talks about their latest technology currently in Developer Preview – and it has to do with security. Passwords, to be specific. But not just ordinary alphanumeric passwords. The dev team talks about what …

Facebook Troublemakers Beware: Hacking Someone’s Account Is Identity Theft Facebook Troublemakers Beware: Hacking Someone’s Account Is Identity Theft
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The decision against a California juvenile charged with identity theft has been affirmed by an appellate court. The identity that he was convicted of stealing just happened to be her Facebook identity. Rolando S. used the female victim’s email password …

The Most Used iPhone Passcodes Are Depressingly Simple The Most Used iPhone Passcodes Are Depressingly Simple

In my mind, there are only three good reasons to use a passcode lock on your smartphone. The first is obviously security – you don’t want your dumb friends peeking at your private texts. The second is to prevent butt …

PlayStation Network Not Hacked, Says Sony PlayStation Network Not Hacked, Says Sony
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Earlier today, it was reported that just two days after initial restoration of the PSN had begun, Sony’s network may have been compromised once again. Through independent tests, Nyleveia reported that a new breach was allowing hackers the ability to …

Email Attacks Put Other Types of Accounts in Jeopardy

You’ve probably seen reports of big webmail phishing attacks over the week. A spokesperson for Symantec‘s Message Labs tells WebProNews, however, that most reports have glossed over a key point to consider. That is that the potential impact on other aspects of victims’ online lives are in jeopardy as well.

Phishing for Popularity on Twitter
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In an effort to build its own popularity, social networking has played largely upon the individual’s craving for popularity. How many friends you have on Facebook, how many followers you have on Twitter, or how many connections you have on LinkedIn can all be perceived as indicators of an individual’s Internet popularity. Just yesterday, a worm hit Twitter that preyed upon such desires.