Safety And Security On Facebook – What You Need To Know To Protect Your Account

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by Richard Cameron   Ever since Facebook arrived on the scene in Cambridge, Mass in 2004 (yes, that far back), it has been surrounded with controversy and detractors.  Anything that has such a wide reach throughout the fabric of society is bound to. Much of the criticism is valid. Facebook has provided not only a platform for social interaction, but also for government surveillance of citizens and for opportunists looking to exploit or steal your personal data. I have also written about the phenomenon of “Facebook Jail” – a place…

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Beware Of “Locky” – Ransomware That Takes Your Files And Folders Hostage

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by Richard Cameron Locky is not Lucky What is “Locky” and why should you take steps to avoid getting hit with it?  Well, for one thing, it’s a lot worse than being in Facebook Jail.  Instead of being suspended from posting on the social media giant, if your computer gets infected by Locky, all of your saved files will be taken into custody by hackers and not released back to you until you pay a hefty price to effect their release. Locky is but one prominent example of “ransomware” –…

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A Global Cyberattack Cripples 99 Countries Including Russia And UK’s National Health Service

By Dani Graham  Almost 100 countries around the world are dealing with the aftermath of a global cyberattack which hijacked the files of some 100,000 computers. The ransomware called WanaCrypt0r 2.0 infiltrates a computer and locks up the files by encrypting them which in turn renders it useless to the user. As people around the world went to access their computers they were met with a dire message demanding 300 in bitcoins in order to regain control of their files. Researchers have detected the ransomware in 99 countries with Russia…

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