Stories by Kristin Burnham

Google+ privacy: 5 settings you need to know

While Google's new social network, Google+, is barely a week old, it's already received a lot of attention from tech pundits and the social media community. And as with any new online service, understanding how to control your information is essential.

Facebook tip: Enable encryption to avoid privacy glitch

Yet another reason to take extra precautions while browsing Facebook arose today as reports surfaced that traffic destined for Facebook from AT&T's servers took a misguided loop through China and South Korea this week.

Facebook Privacy: 4 Valuable Yet Hard to Find Settings

According to a USA Today/Gallup Poll released this week, 70 percent of Facebook members are "somewhat" or "very concerned" about their privacy. Take into account the site's <a href="">past privacy flubs</a> and it's easy to see why: a <a href="">privacy breach</a>, prevalent <a href="">"scammy" apps</a> and <a href="">constant change</a> keep Facebook users on their toes.

How to use Twitter to network at conferences: Five tips

It's tough to find a better networking opportunity than conferences and events-you have a room full of people who share similar interests, top thinkers and presenters in the industry within an arm's reach and the opportunity to catch up with contacts you've made in the past.

Facebook messages: Three reasons to say no

Facebook's widely anticipated announcement might have come as a surprise to some. It didn't, after all, announce a new email service as many people had speculated. Not really, anyway.
Facebook unveiled a &quot; social inbox&quot;-a space that will serve as a hub for all communications people use online or via mobile phones, ranging from text messages and chat messages to, yes, email messages, too.

5 LinkedIn privacy settings you need to know

Many regard LinkedIn as the "safe" social network -- there are no games that jeopardise your privacy, you aren't posting incriminating photos of last weekend's Halloween party and you're not TKTKTKTK. But that's no reason to ignore the privacy and account settings that LinkedIn has in place.

Facebook Quick Tip: Control Apps Access To Your Data

Facebook knows you want more control over your information. That's why it announced this week a new dashboard under your privacy settings that gives you visibility into how applications-think games, productivity apps and business tools-use your data.

10 of the world's strangest social networks

If you crave advice on sculpting the perfect mustache, revel in the dark and mysterious world of vampires or seek a divorce from your partner, yes, there's a social network for that. Here are 10 weird and truly niche social networking sites that strive to bring together some unusual birds of a feather.

LinkedIn Opens APIs, Clearing Way for New Apps

LinkedIn announced today the release of its APIs and the launch of its "LinkedIn Platform," which will enable developers to integrate LinkedIn into their business applications and websites.