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Facebook and Privacy: The Continuing Saga

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Facebook keeps making its social ads more social. Don’t want to be associated with that? Step through this Mashable slideshow for information about how to opt out of social ads on Facebook.

Looking for a new job? How would you react if your potential employer asked for your Facebook password? Right now that’s legal in all 50 states. How would you handle that request?

Zonealarm provides an infographic that sums up social media privacy habits, based on Pew research. Take a look–which parts reflect your practices?

PSA: Change Your Passwords

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And don’t stay logged in on mobile devices–if your phone is stolen, the thief has instant access to your social media accounts.

Fox News learned this (or something like it) the hard way over the Fourth of July Weekend. While the exact method by which hackers gained access to the account is not yet known–or at least not yet public–they do seem to have been able to make use of a related e-mail address.

Sure, most of us aren’t likely to be in this exact position–certainly not on this scale. But that doesn’t mean we have nothing to lose. As you think of new passwords, keep these tips in mind:

1) Remember that you can be hacked.

2) Use a different password for each site and account. To keep track, use a password manager.

3) Create passwords that include upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters.

4) Avoid dictionary words.

5) If you don’t avoid dictionary words, combine two words to make a new one. And then modify it using Guideline #3.

6) Change your passwords regularly.

Be safe, and be social!

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