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Top 5 Scams to Beware of With Social Media

Original posted on Norton Security
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We’re wired to be social creatures, and sites like Twitter and Facebook have capitalized on this to great success. According to its COO Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook draws 175 million logins every day.

But with this tremendous popularity comes a dark side as well. Virus writers and other cybercriminals go where the numbers are — and that includes popular social media sites. To help you avoid a con or viral infection, we’ve put together this list of the top five social media scams.

5. Chain Letters

You’ve likely seen this one before — the dreaded chain letter has returned. It may appear in the form of, “Retweet this and Bill Gates will donate $5 million to charity!” But hold on, let’s think about this. Bill Gates already does a lot for charity. Why would he wait for something like this to take action? Answer: He wouldn’t. Both the cause and claim are fake.

So why would someone post this? Good question. It could be some prankster looking for a laugh, or a spammer needing “friends” to hit up later. Many well-meaning people pass these fake claims onto others. Break the chain and inform them of the likely ruse.

4. Cash Grabs

By their very nature, social media sites make it easy for us to stay in touch with friends, while reaching out to meet new ones. But how well do you really know these new acquaintances? That person with the attractive profile picture who just friended you — and suddenly needs money — is probably some cybercriminal looking for easy cash. Think twice before acting. In fact, the same advice applies even if you know the person.

Picture this: You just received an urgent request from one of your real friends who “lost his wallet on vacation and needs some cash to get home.” So, being the helpful person you are, you send some money right away, per his instructions. But there’s a problem: Your friend never sent this request. In fact, he isn’t even aware of it. His malware-infected computer grabbed all of his contacts and forwarded the bogus email to everyone, waiting to see who would bite.

Again, think before acting. Call your friend. Inform him of the request and see if it’s true. Next, make sure your computer isn’t infected as well.

3. Hidden Charges

“What type of STAR WARS character are you? Find out with our quiz! All of your friends have taken it!” Hmm, this sounds interesting, so you enter your info and cell number, as instructed. After a few minutes, a text turns up. It turns out you’re more Yoda than Darth Vader. Well, that’s interesting … but not as much as your next month’s cell bill will be. You’ve also just unwittingly subscribed to some dubious service that charges $9.95 every month.

As it turns out, that “free, fun service” is neither. Be wary of these bait-and-switch games. They tend to thrive on social sites.

Read the full article for all 5 social media scams…

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Is Google Now the Evil Empire?

Wow.  So now we have Google+!  Because Google alone just wasn’t big enough?

It seems that it wasn’t that long ago when we were referring to Microsoft as the “evil empire,” and sending each other modified photos of Bill Gates made to look like Darth Vader.  After all, the behavior of that software company was just indicative of human nature. They wanted (probably still want) to dominate as much as possible of our lives as consumers, using their monopoly on computer operating software as their hammer.

Makes me chuckle now, as we look around and see that another software company has eaten their lunch and taken over far more of our lives than Microsoft ever got close to. Unlike Microsoft, Google has a published mission that reads, “Don’t be evil.” But is this just a smokescreen?

My concerns about this issue are simply that it has never been a good thing for freedom and democracy when one entity (or even a few) have control over so many aspects of our lives. And as important as Microsoft’s niche was, it’s nothing like what we are looking at today.

I’m not crying “the sky is falling” or “conspiracy” here.  But I’m not alone in my concerns. For example, Google’s effort to digitize and make available the entire library of humanity’s published works were met with a major class action suit.  And when the outcry over their violations of privacy rights became too loud (over their “Street View” photos and “Google Buzz” applications), they backed off of their positions.  This could be viewed in a positive light, but I’m not so sure.

What about there being a single repository for a database that includes every conceivable piece of information about you?  Your address, phone, social security number, your health records, web sites you have visited, people you have emailed (or received mail from), what you bought, what you posted, on and on!

Does it concern you that over a typical six-month period, Google receives over 10,000 requests for personal data from governments, half of them from the US government?  How they respond to these requests has not been made public.

More and more of our actual survival and quality of life depend on information that travels across the Net. And it’s now a fair statement that Google owns that Net.  How long will it be before we are all working for them?

This video (created before the release of Google+) will blow your mind. Ironically, it’s hosted on Google’s YouTube platform!