I hope you haven't noticed, but what's apparently an attack on Facebook reportedly went viral last night. The "flood of violent and pornographic images invading [Facebook users'] news feeds" has prompted Facebook to launch an investigation, the Washington Post reports. The Post cites the view from security firm Sophos that "users whose accounts post the images are unable to see them on their own … [Read more...] about Facebook says it’s looking into photo attack
It's important for us to point out to our children that millions of people are looking for ways to help survivors of Japan's earthquake-related disasters. This is the social norms approach that encourages everybody to take positive action. This is also an opportunity to teach media literacy, as we look at how people are helping via social-media tools and how they can be vulnerable in doing so – if … [Read more...] about Helping Japan with our brains as well as hearts
Families certainly don't need computer hassles during the holidays, but this highly social time is right when everybody needs to be a little extra alert to social engineering. Here's what social engineering looks like this week, at the convergence of last-minute holiday distractions and the sudden death of a young actor, Brittany Murphy. "As a young star in movies that were highly popular with a … [Read more...] about Celebrity news, holidays & malware
This is a computer-security problem more likely to affect families with kids and tweens - especially young file-sharers (high school students are a bit old for "High School Musical"). If fans of Disney's High School Musical series uses P2P networks such as eMule or eDonkey, they need to be especially alert, CNET reports. It cites a report from Panda Security that warns of Trojan software called … [Read more...] about ‘High School Musical’ malware
If your kids watch a lot of YouTube videos, suggest they make sure the URL in their browser window actually says "YouTube.com" before they click to that page. Another tip-off to the latest malicious hack against YouTube users is that the fake YouTube page will show "an error message that claims the video they want won't play without installing new software first," according to coverage in the San … [Read more...] about Think b4 u click to YouTube videos!