Empty Follower Request Page/Trouble Following Private AcctsMore…
Marc May 12
Do you have a protected account ?
If your are receiving new follower notifications via email, but your page appears empty when you go to http://twitter.com/friend_requests, what you are experiencing is a known issue.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Evolution of Privacy Policies on Facebook – a Panel Chart in Excel
By Chandoo, May 13th, 2010More……
There is a chart called “Evolution of Privacy on Facebook” going around on the web. The chart made by Matt Mckeon, a developer in IBM’s visual communications lab has created quite a stir in the interwebs.
Here is an article on what Facebook passwords not to use.
20 passwords to never use on Facebookand….
By Josh Smith, May 14th 2010
In addition to those poorly-chosen passwords we've come up with our own list of 10 words or phrases not to use as your Facebook password.
Creating a strong password doesn't have to be a chore or difficult to remember. Simply adding a number and a punctuation mark greatly increase the strength of a password. You can also use a phrase, condensed to a string of words and numbers, as an easy-to-remember secure password. For example, "WalletPop is my #1 Personal Finance Blog!" becomes the "Wim#1PFb!".
- Employer info
- School name
- School mascot
- Names of groups, artists or shows you "Like" on Facebook
- Spouses name or birthday
- Banking passwords
- E-mail password
- No dictionary based words -- even those in a different language
- Pet's name if you post captioned pictures to your profile
- Anything you might answer in a Facebook quiz
This article is jammed with links to more information on Facebook Privacy. First, to convince people that they are sharing information with the world there is Openbook.org and Zesty.ca. It links you to an article about how to delete your Facebook account. If deletion is something you choose not to do, it includes a chart that maps out how to find all the hidden Privacy settings in Facebook.
Facebook Privacy: Secrets UnveiledMore.......
By JR Raphael, PC World, May 16, 2010
Thanks to a couple of handy new tools, you can now check out exactly what Facebook is telling the world about you -- and about everyone else. First up is Openbook, a project created by three computer geeks from San Francisco. Openbook lets you search through Facebook's publicly available user data to find out what everyone is saying.
So what to do? You can always say so long to Facebook, of course. Or you can choose to stay with the site and simply be vigilant about protecting your privacy. It isn't easy, but it can be done.
You can see what Facebook shares with the world about you by using this free tool at zesty.ca; just input your Facebook user ID or account number (found by looking at the URL for your Facebook profile page), then click through the fields to see what's actually public. The tool won't take into account info that could be shared by applications or Facebook's "instant personalization" feature, but it's a start.
After that, get ready to dig. This daunting chart breaks down all of the categories of settings you'll need to review (hint: be sure to clear out a couple hours of your afternoon). This story provides a slightly less overwhelming summary of the main settings you should revisit. And this one goes through some additional steps you'll want to take to address the aforementioned new "instant personalization" options.
Now you have the start of a “Facebook for Dummies” book. That is of course until it changes again because change is the only constant in life or in Facebook Privacy.
I just wanted to add that this will help you manage the instant personalization feature on Facebook.
This website provides an independent and open tool for scanning your Facebook privacy settings.
The scanner operates entirely within your own browser.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
This worm uses social engineering techniques that trick users into thinking the link (URL) is only to a picture (JPG). It comes from people you know that have been infected and is spread to everyone in your Skype or Yahoo Messenger friend list. Please be careful if you use Skype or Yahoo Messenger.
An analysis and screen shots can be found here.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Social media (like Facebook) is a great way to stay in touch with your family and friends. There is nothing wrong with this and it is free to use. Facebook has actually crossed generational gaps, where many of the young, old, and in-between love it. I remember writing letters and mailing them home when I was younger. The Privacy settings of the old fashioned letter writing was the envelope, but that did not protect you from the letter being delivered to the wrong person or the person on the other end publishing your letter in a newspaper.
Facebook's Privacy Controls Broken
By Dan Tynan, May 03, 2010, Analysis: Inconsistency in controls raises (more) questions about Facebook's privacy options.
I've spent a fair amount of time lately messing about with Facebook's privacy settings, which is almost like having a life, but not quite. Then I discovered something odd and disturbing: I cannot make all of my "likes and interests" private so that only my friends can see them. Even when I tell Facebook to do it, it won't -- they're still visible to anyone who looks up my Facebook profile.
Is it a bug? Was it something I said? Was it all those jokes about Facebook causing venereal disease or because I published a nude photo of Mark Zuckerberg? I dunno. But whatever the reason, even with every single Facebook setting turned to "friends only," anyone on Facebook can still see the 128 groups I have joined on the site.
A HijackThis Toolbar from Facebook?
By AndyAtHull, May 03, 2010
The title will come across as shocking if you are a security expert. However don’t let the title scare you too much.
Symantec today blogged about spam e-mail making the rounds that looks like the following hoping to lure recipients into downloading a Facebook toolbar:
(see the article for the pictures)
So as you can see, there is some mentioned this file to be associated with HijackThis, an analysis tool by Trend Micro. Symantec detect this file as a Trojan.Dropper. HijackThis is a legit tool and Facebook have not released a toolbar dubbed HijackThis.
Be careful what you click on as some disguise themselves differently to others. And should you come across a suspicious e-mail, report it.
When I say Facebook is free to use, you have to be careful with your Privacy settings, suspicious emails, and the links you click on. Additionally, it seems like you have to re-check your Privacy settings frequently. Defensio will help protect you against malicious links while using Facebook. It is the one application that I will allow on Facebook. It can also be used on your blog.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
This is a great guide to read if you are trying to understand Windows 7 Security. It does not go too far into the weeds (or details) that will confuse someone with a security background. If you want an easy to read overview of some of the new security features that are available in Windows 7, this is the place to start.
-Ultimate guide to Windows 7 security
Use AppLocker, BitLocker to Go and other Microsoft security tools
By Roger A. Grimes, InfoWorld, 21 April 10
Windows 7 has been warmly received and swiftly adopted by businesses, with the result that many IT admins are now struggling with the platform's new security features. In addition to changes to User Account Control, BitLocker, and other features inherited from Windows Vista, Windows 7 introduces a slew of security capabilities that businesses will want to take advantage of.
Windows 7 improves on Vista with a friendlier UAC mechanism, the ability to encrypt removable media and hard drive volumes, broader support for strong cryptographic ciphers, hassle-free secure remote access, and sophisticated protection against Trojan malware in the form of AppLocker, to name just a few.
In this guide, I'll run through these and other significant security enhancements in Windows 7, and provide my recommendations for configuring and using them. I'll pay especially close attention to the new AppLocker application control feature, which may be a Windows shop's most practical and affordable way to combat socially engineered Trojan malware.