Webnotes created by: Theresa Payton, Fortalice LLC. Content also covered on WBTV's "Protecting Your Cyberturf" segment featuring Kristen Miranda and Theresa Payton.
Not sure if you saw the news but Facebook recently
announced that they are buying Face.com. Facebook already uses their
technology but now they can take facial recognition to a whole new level.
us explain the fun and the dangers of facial recognition and some tips you can
use to protect yourself.
has one of the largest photo databases in the world now as people post, upload,
and share photos of everything to their dog, cat, vacation spot, and family
reunions. Today, Facebook tries to determine if the photos belong to
Facebook users. It sounds innocent enough, you upload a picture and the
system helpfully suggests who it is. But cyber expert, Theresa Payton says while the
productivity is fun, she is concerned for your security and privacy.
Security and Privacy Concerns: Facebook’s software isn’t just about
placing a name with a face. If you think about how people use the like
button, connect to groups, connect to each other, a tagged photo gives
additional context. Hackers would love to have this information about
Turning it “off”: You cannot stop Facebook’s facial
recognition software. It’s just there. However, you can tune the
settings so Facebook will not suggest you to your friends and you can make the
system ask your permission before tagging you in a photo.
to “privacy settings”
“Timeline and tagging” and choose “edit settings”
the option says, “Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are
uploaded?” to “No one”.
forget, when it comes to Facebook and many other social media platforms, you
typically have to “opt out” of their policy to be wide open with your
OF THE WEEK:
If you have a teen at home, chances are they are using this! It’s
considered an “image board” like a Pinterest. It’s a site that lets
people post images and videos anonymously. Rickrolling and LOLCats got
their start there.