Showing posts with label facebook. Show all posts
Showing posts with label facebook. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

FacePAD v0.7.5 Released!

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FacePAD v0.7.5  has been released! Grab it here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en/firefox/addon/8442/ 

This release fixes the current ‘infinite thumbnail downloading’ issue that’s plaguing FacePAD users. This began occurring because Facebook began rolling out a new album-layout/database/schema to users this week. I have fixed this issue and left the original in code in tact for those users who haven’t been migrated to the new album system.

Monday, June 28, 2010

6 Things Never to Post on Facebook

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The whole social networking phenomenon has billions of Canadian sharing their photos, favorite songs and details about their class reunions on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and dozens of similar sites.  But there are a handful of personal details that you should never say if you don’t want criminals — cyber or otherwise — to rob you blind, according to Beth Givens, executive director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. The folks at Insure.com also say that ill-advised Facebook postings increasingly can get your insurance cancelled or cause you to pay dramatically more for everything from auto to life insurance coverage. By now almost everybody knows that those drunken party photos could cost you a job, too.

You can certainly enjoy networking and sharing photos, but you should know that sharing some information puts you at risk. What should you never say on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site?




Your birth date and place
Sure, you can say what day you were born, but if you provide the year and where you were born too, you’ve just given identity thieves a key to stealing your financial life, said Givens. A study done by Carnegie Mellon showed that a date and place of birth could be used to predict most — and sometimes all — of the numbers in your Social Security number, she said.

Vacation plans

There may be a better way to say “Rob me, please” than posting something along the lines of: “Count-down to Maui! Two days and Ritz Carlton, here we come!” on Twitter. But it’s hard to think of one. Post the photos on Facebook when you return, if you like. But don’t invite criminals in by telling them specifically when you’ll be gone.

Home address

Do I have to elaborate? A study recently released by the Ponemon Institute found that users of Social Media sites were at greater risk of physical and identity theft because of the information they were sharing. Some 40% listed their home address on the sites; 65% didn’t even attempt to block out strangers with privacy settings. And 60% said they weren’t confident that their “friends” were really just people they know.
Confessionals
You may hate your job; lie on your taxes; or be a recreational user of illicit drugs, but this is no place to confess. Employers commonly peruse social networking sites to determine who to hire — and, sometimes, who to fire. Need proof? In just the past few weeks, an emergency dispatcher was fired in Wisconsin for revealing drug use; a waitress got canned for complaining about customers and the Pittsburgh Pirate’s mascot was dumped for bashing the team on Facebook. One study done last year estimated that 8% of companies fired someone for “misuse” of social media.
Password clues
If you’ve got online accounts, you’ve probably answered a dozen different security questions, telling your bank or brokerage firm your Mom’s maiden name; the church you were married in; or the name of your favorite song. Got that same stuff on the information page of your Facebook profile? You’re giving crooks an easy way to guess your passwords.
Risky behaviors
You take your classic Camaro out for street racing, soar above the hills in a hang glider, or smoke like a chimney? Insurers are increasingly turning to the web to figure out whether their applicants and customers are putting their lives or property at risk, according to Insure.com. So far, there’s no efficient way to collect the data, so cancellations and rate hikes are rare. But the technology is fast evolving, according to a paper written by Celent, a financial services research and consulting firm.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Logging off: Cdn duo lead Quit Facebook Day

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By Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press ADVERTISEMENT TORONTO - Joseph Dee is preparing to hit the delete key on his Facebook account. And if they stick to their pledge, thousands of others will be joining him Monday in "defriending" the social networking site. Dee, a web technologist, is one-half of the Toronto duo behind QuitFacebookDay.com. Dee and Matthew Milan launched the site May 12 to announce their plans to bid adieu to Facebook, expressing concerns over how the popular site manages the personal data of its more than 400 million users, which include 15 million in Canada. QuitFacebookDay.com provides an open forum for others to share their views, as well as allowing those who are inclined to submit their pledge to "commit to quit." As of early Sunday, more than 24,000 had signed on committing to quit Facebook. Dee said while privacy is a commonly discussed theme, the issue for both him and Milan regarding Facebook runs deeper. "It's more than just the issue of how they're handling people's personal information. It's about the approach that they take to the experience," Dee said. "It's one thing to give people the option to set their privacy, but how easy is that to do? And how much are they really concerned about people having ownership over that?" "I don't get the feeling that that's really their intent, so it's an issue of trust as much as it is an issue of privacy for me." Facebook has been in the hot seat over site privacy. Complaints have emerged over default privacy settings that were revealing more information than some users realized. The Associated Press reported that a security glitch exposed some users' private conversations, and another revealed the information of users to advertisers in a way that they could be identified — going against Facebook's terms of service. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced last week amendments to the privacy settings. The changes include a single-click option allowing users to determine with whom they would share their information, as well as allowing users to stop third-party applications from accessing their personal data. Less private information is also now visible on user profiles by default. The office of Canada's privacy commissioner, which investigated Facebook's privacy policies in 2009, says while the latest changes are positive, they may not be enough to conform with Canadian law. In a statement emailed to The Canadian Press, Facebook said the privacy and security of user information is of "paramount importance to us." The statement went on to highlight some of the changes made to address concerns, pointing to the redesign of the privacy settings page, as well as the single privacy control for all content and a way to opt out of the Facebook platform. "We hope these changes address the concerns that people raised, but we encourage users to continue to send us their feedback," the statement reads, including a link to Facebook's privacy feedback page:http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=privacy_settings_feedback. "We also hope that people who had previously committed to quitting Facebook choose to spend the day going through their new privacy controls instead." Dee said he thinks the ability to stop the dissemination of user information to third parties is a good step. But overall, he sees the privacy changes as more reactive and a PR move than anything else. "I don't think that at the core Facebook is really concerned about what I feel as a user. I think they're looking at it more from a business sense, and that's their right to do that," he said. "They're a corporation and they own their network and they're setting the rules on their network. My option is whether or not I want to partake in that, and that's why I'm moving away from it." Dee said he's been "a little bit overwhelmed" by how much attention the site has received. However, he doubts either he or Milan will continue with it once Quit Facebook Day is over. "I think this was more our own sort of statement and it seems to have turned into a story and a bigger thing, but I don't think we're looking to lead a movement or be sort of the spokesmen for people quitting Facebook." Wendy Cukier, associate dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, said Facebook should be concerned that it has some dissatisfied users, in addition to the privacy commissioner suggesting there are problems. However, at this stage, she wouldn't conclude there's going to be a mass exodus from the site. "I think what we're seeing now is what happens with virtually all technologies," said Cukier, a professor of information technology management and communications and culture. "After the period of sort of inflated expectations and hype, people start looking more critically at what the costs really are, what the limitations really are, what it really can do, really can't do, what the unintended consequences are, etc., and start to bring their expectations more in line with the reality."


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