Is Your Email Address Listed in the Leaked Ashley Madison Hack?

KnowEm has made the 35 million+ emails listed in the Ashley Madison® hack freely searchable via our Security Alert portal at https://securityalert.knowem.com/

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Tags: Ashley Madison Hack, breach, email search, hacking, Identity Theft, Security

Security Alert: Was Your Gmail Account Hacked?

Security breaches happen, from credit card numbers coming from major chain stores to the most recent hack of Gmail. It’s hard to stay on top of what passwords you need to change what accounts were affected. Enter KnowEm’s newest free service to keep track if your account has been affected: KnowEm’s Security Alert.

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Tags: Account Hacked, Gmail, Security

Are You Being Catfished? Simple Steps to Research Someone

With the recent media surrounding Manti Te’o being fooled by a man posing as a woman he virtually dated for over 2 years without ever meeting, along with the growing popularity of the movie turned Television show Catfish, we decided to divulge a few tricks of how to research someone online using a few free tools and some creativity.

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Tags: catfish, CatFished, catfishing, facebook, Identity Theft, username check, vanity URLs

Highschooler Opens Bogus Twitter Account In School Directors Name

We’ve seen this before and it never ends good. This time it’s resulting in an identity theft charge for Ira Trey Quesenberry III, an 18-year-old student at Sullivan Central High School. A few years ago this would have been looked upon as a victimless prank. But times have changed and as social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and others have morphed into much more than just recreational websites, it’s not just unacceptable, it’s a crime.

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Tags: brand, cyberjacking, High school, masquerade, reputation, Twitter

Why Registering (CompanyName)Sucks.com Is a Thing of the Past

It used to be the biggest fear for a company. Someone would come along and register a domain name with their trademarked term in it followed by a derogatory word. Since ICANN launched the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) however, that practice has basically become a futile waste of money and time.

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Tags: brand defamation, companynamesucks, dcma, derogatory brand, icann, ip infringement, social media identity theft, trademark defamation, trademarked term, Twitter, udrp

KnowEm’s New Features for Social Media Management

Clients of our Enterprise Dashboard might have noticed a few new features we rolled out in the past few weeks. These are all based on requests from our customers; if you have an idea that would make our service better for you, please let us know!

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Tags: content diversity, features, knowem, link diversity, sub accounts

Do I Really Need To Reserve My Name On Hundreds Of Social Media Sites?

One of the more common questions we get asked at KnowEm from customers and prospective clients is “Why do we need to worry about all these social networks? I haven’t even heard of half of them; why do they even matter and how do they help my brand?”

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Tags: brand, brandjacking, cybersquatting, marketing, pinterest, protection, social networks, social registration, Twitter

Woman Faces up to 18 Months in Prison for Fake Facebook Page

As reported by the Daily Record; a New Jersey woman still faces charges this week in a case of first impression in an identity theft indictment. Dana Thornton, 41, is being accused of impersonating her ex-boyfriend, Parsippany Detective Michael Lasalandra, by creating a Facebook page in his likeness. The Facebook account, created in 2009, contained modified images of Lasalandra as well as derogatory comments seemingly made by him. Thornton was indicted in August 2010 by a Morris County grand jury on a fourth-degree charge of identity theft, which is punishable upon conviction by up to 18 months in prison.

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Tags: facebook, Identity Theft, social media identity theft

Paul Krugman,Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times Hacked

Paul Krugman is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and writes that his social media identity was stolen on Google+. He writes in the Times: “Well, this is interesting. I hear that the not-so-good people at National Review are attacking me over something I said on my Google+ page. Except, I don’t have […]

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Tags: google, google plus, Paul Krugman, social media identity theft, The New York Times

WARNING: New Gplus.To Site Not Affiliated with Google

With the launch of the new Google+ Social Network last week there has been a landrush of (mostly techie) people to start trying out the new service. As with anything new and untested, always be wary of your privacy settings on the web, and especially to whom you’re giving your information.

Recently a new site launched called gplus.to – this site has no affiliation with Google, no privacy policy, and basically no information about who owns it or how it uses your information.

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Tags: google, google plus, gplus.to, Intellectual Property, social media identity theft

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