More than one-fifth of adults—or 21 percent—say they’ve had an e-mail or social media account hijacked, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. What’s more, 11 percent say they’ve had important information stolen, such as a social security number, bank account number, or credit card.
Most adults—nearly 60 percent—don’t believe it’s possible to be completely anonymous online, according to the survey of more than 1,000 adults. As such, many people say they take at least some steps to protect their privacy online. In fact, 86 percent of Internet users say they’ve taken steps to remove or mask their digital footprint, via actions such as clearing cookies, encrypting e-mail, or using virtual networks to mask their internet protocol (IP) address. Read More.
Facebook recently rolled out new privacy controls, while also taking away the option for you to hide from Facebook search.
The new privacy tools will make it easier for you to pick which of your friends or subscribers can view your personal info, status updates and photos, according to Reuters. It also makes it simpler for you to request that a photograph of yourself be taken down by the uploader.
Facebook is also making changes to your Activity Log, which will make it easier to see where your personal data is traveling across Facebook’s Open Graph. Another change: apps must separately ask for permission to tap into your personal information and to post status updates for you. Both actions were previously handled with a single request. Read More.
We all know Google has online power, however, starting today, Google will know far more about who you are and what you do on the Web.
The Web giant announced earlier this year that it plans to follow the activities of users across nearly all of its ubiquitous sites, including YouTube, Gmail and its leading search engine.
Google has already been collecting some of this information. But for the first time, it is combining data across its Web sites to stitch together a fuller portrait of users. Note: these changes only affect users who are logged on to Google or another one of the services so it’s not ALL bad news. Read More.