Posts tagged Privacy
Posts tagged Privacy
This article is from the security firm sophos, and contains great info on how to detect and avoid this scam, and what to do if you were already caught. Also generally the newest thinking on safety online, given the prevalance of this sort of thing.
Take care out there!
“Facebook is resuming the release of its feature for applications to request personal information such as phone number and home address.
This is the second time it has rolled this out, pulling it back a few days after it was launched in January amid congressional security concerns. …”
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This great article has some familiar ideas and some I hadn’t yet come across - all very useful!
From Makeuseof.com, written by Mahendra Palsule
Facebook has at long last offered an option to use the encrypted “HTTPS” protocol, a feature it will begin rolling out today but won’t finish for a “few weeks.” You should check now if it’s available, and sign up as soon as it is enabled for your account. The performance overhead is minor—zippy Gmail, for example, uses HTTPS for everything—and it’s an important step to keep your Facebook account safe from being hijacked on an open or poorly secured wireless network.
By default, Facebook sends your access credentials in the clear, with no encryption whatsoever. Switching to HTTPS is important because a browser extension called Firesheep has made it especially easy for anyone sharing your open wireless network—at cafe or conference, for example—to sniff your credentials and freely access your account. One blogger sitting in a random New York Starbucks was able to steal 20-40 Facebook identities in half an hour. HTTPS solves this longstanding problem by encrypting your login cookies and other data; in fact the inventor of Firesheep made the software to encourage companies like Facebook to finally lock down their systems.
You can sign up for Facebook HTTPS by going to Account Settings and then selecting “Account Security,” third from the bottom. Then click under “Secure Browsing” — if it’s there. Facebook says everyone should have this by the end of the day, but in the meantime you might be missing the relevant option toggle.
The ubiquitous “like” is currency for brands, and Facebook is giving them a new way to collect: an ad unit that shows up on the right-hand side of the screen it calls “sponsored stories.”
The settings that exist for users to control whose feeds they see and who sees their feed also apply to the sponsored stories. Users, however, will not be able to opt out of having their action turned into an ad and having that broadcast to their connections on Facebook.
» via Advertising Age
Really eye-opening!! Check it out!
From IPHouse, best ISP Ever:
It’s the flip-side of enjoying instant communication with your friends.
Facebook has courted a fresh privacy row after allowing developers of apps access to sensitive information including telephone numbers and addresses.
The social networking site announced the change on its blog last Friday, saying: ‘We are now making a user’s address and mobile phone number accessible.’
Internet security analysts and privacy experts immediately advised people to remove their phone numbers and addresses from the site.
“Over the last few weeks we have been contacted by a number of members of the Sophos Facebook page, concerned by a message they saw on Facebook, warning them that their account protection was “very low”.
Pressing the small question mark on the dialog box reveals exactly what Facebook believes I have to do to improve my account protection.
No mention of using more secure, hard-to-crack, non-dictionary passwords. No mention of revoking access to rogue applications that may be able to post to my profile’s wall. No mention of reviewing my privacy settings to make sure I’m not sharing my personal information with strangers or search engines. No, to improve how well my account is protected I need to give Facebook more of my personal information: an alternative email address, a mobile phone number, and answer a “secret” question. …”
No mention of using more secure, hard-to-crack, non-dictionary passwords. No mention of revoking access to rogue applications that may be able to post to my profile’s wall. No mention of reviewing my privacy settings to make sure I’m not sharing my personal information with strangers or search engines.
No, to improve how well my account is protected I need to give Facebook more of my personal information: an alternative email address, a mobile phone number, and answer a “secret” question.
I’m very interested in this, I really don’t like the FB tentacles following me wherever else I go on the web.
The idea of checking in regularly still, but being totally off when I’m off, is kind of appealing.
Haven’t decided yet at all..
If I ever do seem to not be there, don’t be alarmed!
What do the rest of you think?
(From Slashdot) “Cisco this week unveiled software designed to let companies track customers and prospects on social media networks like Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other public forums and sites. Cisco SocialMiner allows users to monitor status updates, forum posts and blogs of customers so they can be alerted of conversations related to their brand. The software is designed to not only enable enterprises to monitor the conversations of their customers but to engage those that require service, Cisco says.”