How Criminals Target Facebook

Given that approximately 20% of Facebook users have been exposed to malware, and that over 600,000 accounts are hacked almost daily, www.247Wallst.com release an article that they called “9 Ways That A Criminal Uses Facebook” that we should all be aware of, and that I share with you here:   •    HACKING ACCOUNTS: Common tools used to complete a

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Online Critical Thinking

Through my Internet and Social Media safety presentations, it has become very apparent to me that a large percentage of parents are looking for a quick  “technological” fix, to cope with the undesirable behavior that some young people may be partaking in on-line.   Although hardware solutions (such as routers) , and software solutions (such

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Sextortion

As an internet and social media safety advocate, as well as a law enforcement professional, I am well aware of the dangers and consequences of sexting, which I share with students in ourInternet and Social Media Safety Presentation for schools.  One of the unintended consequences of posting or texting sexualized pictures…..they will not likely stay private

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Social Spam

Being involved in law enforcement for the past 26yrs has given me some insight into the criminal element.  The criminal, although a lazy animal, is very astute to preying upon human behavior, such as curiosity, utilizing  the art of “Social Engineering”.  Just like the real world, the cyber criminal is now turning to the same

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Is Our Privacy Being App’d

ccording to Robinson Partner Research, the “App” world was a 20 million dollar industry in 2011.  An App, being nothing more than a piece of digital software, has changed the way that we purchase programs for computers, slates and phones.  In years gone by, we would purchase software at a local computer store and then

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Cyberbullying/Digital Peer Aggression: Do Schools Have A Part To Play

A group of elementary school students in Pickering Ontario in 2008 apologized for posting a video on YouTube mocking a schoolmate who had suffered a stroke. A fourteen year old student at Saskatoon’s E.D. Feehan High School found a video on the Internet that showed herself being beaten up.  In Burlington Ontario, students are alleged to

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The Internet Predator Part III

Social Engineering (Human Hacking): How The Predator Gains Information:   Social Engineering is how an Internet predator will use personal information that they data harvest on-line about you, to use to their advantage for criminal, personal, sexual, or financial benefit. Often this information is obtained from Chat Room dialogues, Social Networks, Blogs and search engines

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