social networking

Oxford University Fines Students For Facebook 'Flour' Photos

Social networking site users have to worry about more than just potential employers digging up their dirt online now.
One of the most prestigious U.K. universities has begun to scan the social networking sites seeking snapshots and other evidence of misbehavior that qualifies for formal disciplinary action. Students at Oxford University are outraged that school leaders are scanning Facebook and disciplining students based on what they find there.

Outrage isn't going to stop it. People need to realize the minute you are posting information, pictures and videos of yourself doing things online it is very hard to remove them or prevent them from being seen. The internet is NOT a very private place, treating it as one is a huge mistake. Think before you post.

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How to: protect your privacy onlineā€¦and why

Defending your privacy is not something that can only be achieved through the right software and a good firewall. Often your best defence is common sense and a canny understanding of hacking and criminal technique.

A very interesting and correct article talking about privacy aimed at journalists but can easily be applied to all internet users. Understanding the methods used by hackers and phishers who are trying to expose flaws and steal information about you is a good start to protecting yourself. It is good to see the words common sense again. Common sense and the internet seem to be antonyms as of late.

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