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Seven Security Fears for 2012 that May Keep You Up at Night

We all troll the internet seemingly without a care in the world, but most of us realize the inherent danger of sharing personal information online and on our mobile devices. We are all vulnerable to security weaknesses of the internet (and there are far more than I’ll list in this post).

Technology Review recently listed the seven leading security fears for 2012 discussed at this year’s RSA Computer Security Conference. It’s a varied list, but basically, no one is safe as long as big institutions such as banks, mobile carriers and the like are vulnerable (and, as it turns out, they’re pretty much sitting ducks).

Here’s the list in a gist. For a more detailed account of each item, check out the full report here.

  1. Big Data – gives new meaning to the term “too much information”
  2. Government Regulation on the Internet
  3. A Cyberwar Arms Race
  4. The Web’s most common security mechanism is basically, useless.
  5. Mobile devices being used as a back-door into company networks.
  6. Home Automation.
  7. Hactivism

Government regulation is probably the deal-breaker for me. What about you?

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HOW TO Manage Facebook’s New Privacy Settings

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg explains Facebook's new controversial features.

Last week Facebook dropped a bomb on the internet that will reverberate throughout commerce, social media and blog transactions for years to come.

The world’s number one social networking website unleashed a new addition to its platform that will have have the monster-social site sharing confidiential User information with marketers and advertisers to an unprecedented extent. It is controversial to say the least.

With Facebook now allowing third-party websites to access your personal information, the issue of privacy (which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says no longer exists) is one that everyone should examine (particularly online marketers).

If you’d like to protect what little privacy you have left on Facebook from third-party sites that Facebook welcomes into your life, take a look at this post at Mashable.com (@mashable) that outlines how to use the new privacy settings on Facebook.

– Included in the helpful tutorial (complete with guiding snapshots) is:
– How to opt out of specific sites
– Locking Instant Personalization For All Sites
– Preventing friends from sharing your info

If you are one of the few brave souls who are not concerned about privacy and, therefor, intend on letting Facebook pimp your private info out to the world, we’d love to hear from you. Is the controversy over privacy overblown?

Read the entire Mashable post here.