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Dan Tynan has been writing about technology since Mark Zuckerberg was in nappies. A prolific freelance writer whose work has appeared in more than 70 publications, he is the former editor in chief of Yahoo Tech and a longtime contributing editor for InfoWorld and PCWorld.

Hacked Again: Lessons Learned

Analysis: For the second time in two years my WordPress site was hacked, this time by Viagra spammers. Here are a few of the hard lessons I learned.

Five Things You Should Never Do on Facebook (or Anywhere Else)

What you say and do online can land you in divorce court, the unemployment line, or prison. Check out these five real-life tales of social media woe.

Student Punished for Facebook Comments

Analysis: A Minnesota middle school is being sued after it forced a sixth grader to give up her Facebook password.

Web Tracking: Is this a Big Deal?

Web tracking companies say anonymous tracking is harmless. What's the real story? Here are two scenarios where online tracking can come back to bite you.

IT's Worst Addictions (and How to Cure Them)

Jargon, data, power -- the first step to IT recovery is recognizing the monkey on your back.

Kill Web Trackers Dead

Analysis: Abine's DoNotTrackPlus browser plug-in stops trackers in their tracks -- and it's free.

Is Facebook Sharing Your Face With the Cops?

A leading law professor has accused Facebook of helping law enforcement find criminals on the network using face recognition technology. What's the real story?

Cops Survey Social Networks

Tweet your way to deportation, tip off the narcs on Facebook, and take note -- the FBI is building a search engine for cybercrooks on social networks.

White Spaces: The Next Generation of Wireless Broadband Has Landed

North Carolina community gets first taste of lightning fast "Super WiFi" or "TV Band" broadband speeds base on TV white spaces technology.

Supreme Court Ruling: Privacy Rights 1, Cops 0

Pop the champagne: The Supreme Court has ruled that the police can't track your location without a warrant. But the bigger issues surrounding location privacy remain.


Facebook's Timeline Apps: Beacon 2.0

Analysis: Facebook's ill-fated Beacon ad service is back -- only now they're calling it Timeline apps. Like it better this time?

Protect Your Facebook Account from the Latest Hack

Want to prevent criminals from hacking your Timeline? Ignore those alarmist Facebook status updates and follow these steps instead.

2011: The Year Facebook Killed Google

I used to discover new content via Google. Now I find it using Facebook and Twitter. And millions of others are doing it too.

How Facebook Can Hurt Your Credit Rating

Analysis: Bank on it -- Financial institutions are checking social media profiles to identify credit risks. It's time to ditch those deadbeat friends.