Should you delete yourself from social media?

All the recent news—from Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica snafu to various abuses of Twitter vulnerabilities—has you wondering: Should I delete myself from social media? We provide advice and links on how to tighten security if you want to cool down, or, if you’re ready to go nuclear, delete yourself permanently.

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A week in security (January 28 – February 3)

A roundup of security news from January 28 – February 3, including disputes between Facebook and Apple, dubious malware hosting, privacy threats to mobile users, and more.

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What does ‘consent to tracking’ really mean?

Do you know what companies can do after you click “ok” and consent to tracking? When you check that box, are you sure you know which data can be tracked and where? We look at social media platforms and explain their user agreements and data tracking habits.

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6 ways to keep up with cybersecurity without going crazy

As we dive headfirst into National Cyber Security Awareness Month, it seems only fitting to discuss ways to stay on top of cybersecurity news. But what if following along makes you feel a little overwhelmed? Try these six methods of information-gathering to brush up on your cybersecurity know-how without losing your mind.

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Millions of accounts affected in latest Facebook hack

Facebook announced earlier today that its social network had been breached, resulting in 40 million accounts that were directly impacted. Learn more as the Facebook breach story develops.

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The digital entropy of death: BSides Manchester

What happens to online accounts when we die? Not a cheerful subject by any stretch of the imagination, but one we covered at BSides Manchester.

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Social media: A treasure trove of spam and scams

How do spammers know how to target you for scams? They use social media to produce the most convincing types of spam.

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Instagram story spam claims free Apple Watch

We take a look at Instagram story spam leading to a “free Apple Watch” giveaway on a recently compromised celebrity account.

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Parenting in the Digital World: a review

Parents don’t just hand over the car keys to children who haven’t taken driver’s ed. Sadly, the same can’t be said about smartphones. This book by Clayton Cranford shows parents the importance of keeping their kids safe online—and just how to do it.

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Maybe you shouldn’t use LinkedIn

In light of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica problem, we examined another important social networking platform’s protection of users’ data. The results for LinkedIn users? Not pretty.

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