Turnabout is Fair Play

In what is being billed as a free speech case, a girl from Minnesota wins a $70,000 settlement over her treatment at the hands of school administrators who made her tell them her Facebook password. Let’s take a look at what happened: A 6th grader writes on her facebook page that she ‘hates’ a school […]

Facebook Isn’t Vegas

Bosses and government types who demand passwords to see what employees are saying about them just don’t understand Facebook. Here’s a great example of how it really works. Gulliver Preparatory School in Florida didn’t need passwords to find out what a former employee’s daughter (and former student Dana Snay) said about them in a FB […]

Yahoo Says Customers Must Use Yahoo IDs

In an effort to retain customers, Yahoo is changing their policy on allowing their customers to use 3rd party sign-in credentials on Yahoo properties. Yahoo will begin forcing users of their popular online services to use a Yahoo ID instead of their Facebook or Google credentials. For many this will mean having to create a […]

Whatever Happened To Privacy?

We’re big on privacy. As enthusiastic proponents of passwords, you could say it’s our raison d’etre – it’s what we’re all about. Every year on January 28, we look forward to Data Privacy Day just like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin (but with fewer pumpkins). We were encouraged to see that the younger crowd […]

Has Social Media Really Changed Everything?

What is it with people when it comes to new technologies? They get all silly-like as if society’s rules and laws don’t apply anymore? We weren’t around back in the early days of the telephone, but we think it might have gone something like this: It’s 1925. Bob is mad at Joe because Joe said […]

Under the covers with HR and your Facebook password

Joe killed it. The interview was just about over and Joe felt really good. He had been ready and answered all the questions just the way he wanted. As he started to get up to say goodbye, the interviewer shook his hand and said: ‘Joe, we like you. You seem normal (the last guy was […]

‘Tis the season for Facebook hoaxes

In our ‘connected’ online world, it’s very easy for hoaxes to spread. This gives us the opportunity to see lots of examples. Some we receive directly from the hoaxsters, others are forwarded to us by our readers (Thank you!). Since hoaxes are intended to trick you in some way, they need to at least attempt […]

Donald Trump’s Twitter account hacked, Zendesk system hacked too, affecting Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr users

The latest Twitter hack in the past few days was targeted at Donald Trump’s official Twitter account (@realDonaldTrump). On Thursday afternoon when a tweet appeared on Trump’s Twitter profile saying “These hoes think they classy, well that’s the class I’m skippen”, everyone knew something was wrong. And it was. 15 minutes later the tweet was […]