Archive for the ‘Privacy’ Category

Google finally unveiled on Tuesday its new social project, Google+. It’s an ambitious gambit that aims to turn all of Google’s services into one giant social platform, and in the process steal some thunder from Facebook while making Google – for once – a big player in social networking.

Google has redesigned the top navigation bar to work across all of its services. It’s very similar to the notification bar found in Facebook, which alerts users about new activity concerning their accounts.

“We’d like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships and your interests,” wrote Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra in a blog post.

Google+ has a handful of sub-services designed to match various social needs. Circles lets users decide which of their friends and followers can see individual updates or other pieces of content. It’s a feature Facebook took quite a while to develop with “Lists”. Hangouts works with each social Circle by creating access to a multi-person video chat. Sparks is a customized feed aggregator of content curated from across the web.

Google+ also has a mobile aspect, which could be especially appealing to people using Android phones. Nearly every update made through Google+ lets users add location data. The company also addressed the problem of unreliable data networks by building in Instant Upload. The feature will save pictures that get cut off through faulty connections and upload them later on. Finally, there’s Huddle, a real-time group messaging feature.

While it’s clear that Google as spent a lot of effort on Google+, the company has a poor track record with social products. Social network Orkut, Google Buzz and Google Wave are all examples of products had at best mixed results.

Some, like blogger Dave Winer, are skeptical of Google’s ability to challenge Facebook by turning its search product into a social network. In a blog post titled “Google Yawn“, he writes:

“…All you do is make your core product heavier. The thing you wanted to kill (Facebook) doesn’t go anywhere. It hardly notices what you did. The users might care to the extent that they’re annoyed… Products like the one Google just announced are hatched at off-sites at resorts near Monterey or in the Sierra, and were designed to meet the needs of the corporation that created it. A huge scared angry corporation.”

At least in Facebook’s case, it didn’t need a series of videos to explain how to use its service. Google, on the other hand, has six total videos demonstrating the various uses of Google+.

Google+ is now available on Android Market and the mobile web. The company is testing the full roll out of the service, which is available by invitation only.

Via SocialBeat

It’s a great site with lots of features and keen about social privacy too. Check the videos below:

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We’ve all seen Facebook posts that say things like, “Finally! Facebook got a dislike button! Click here!” or “See who is viewing your profile OMG I cannot believe it!!!!!!” or something else equally enticing.

Some of us, overwhelmed by desire, have fallen for these posts and learned an important lesson the hard way: Facebook is full of spam.

Many of us fled from MySpace in hopes of a cleaner, spam-free, and polished platform, but it was only a matter of time before hackers figured out how to attack us on Facebook, too.

On Facebook, there are a few different ways your account, privacy, and computer can be compromised. Sometimes hackers will simply phish for your log-in information and hijack your account, spamming your friends in the process. Other times, the app that promised to be a “dislike” button will instead download and install malware on your computer. — Taken from cnet forum —

“Surveys are an increasingly common tactic used to disguise a wide range of security threats lurking on Facebook and other social networking sites,” said Christopher Boyd, senior threat researcher, GFI Software. “Scammers also have improved their ability to immediately hijack high-profile news for their attacks. By exploiting breaking and developing news stories, they are catching users off guard. Users should always be wary of promises of free items or sensational content, and they should never share personal and financial information online unless they are dealing directly with a known, trusted and secure website — not a Facebook or Twitter post claiming to represent a recognized business or organization.”

Top 10 Malware Detections for May

GFI’s top 10 malware list is compiled from collected scan data of tens of thousands of GFI VIPRE® Antivirus customers who are part of GFI’s ThreatNet™ automated threat tracking system. ThreatNet statistics revealed that the vast majority of malware threats found continue to be Trojans, mostly detected in generic form.

Detection Type Percent
Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT Trojan 22.51
Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra Trojan 3.79
Trojan.Win32.Generic!SB.0 Trojan 3.73
Zugo Ltd (v) Adware (General) 2.75
Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen Trojan 1.63
INF.Autorun (v) Trojan 1.38
Pinball Corporation. (v) Adware (General) 1.37
Trojan.JS.Redirector.cd (v) Trojan 1.3
Malware.JS.Generic (JS) Exploit 1.23
FraudTool.Win32.FakeRean Rogue Security Program 1.13

Check out the video below, how to avoid it, and different ways to get rid of it.

Another Facebook feature challenging the concept of privacy!

This feature has been available in the United States since December, allows users to upload photos to their accounts and have the site make suggestions for whom among a user’s friends this photo belongs (tags). And as always this new feature is automatically turned on in every ones users’ privacy settings and requires users to manually turn it off, if desired!

A debate among privacy advocates arguing that this new features should not be turned on without the user consent:

“Our concern, as usual, is that Facebook is making changes to its privacy and creating new features without giving people sufficient notice and giving them a choice as to whether they want to participate,” said Chris Conley, of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

“If this new feature is as useful as Facebook claims, it should be able to stand on its own, without an automatic sign-up that changes users’ privacy settings without their permission.”Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) agreed

Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg has always defended such practices arguing that requiring users to turn on each new feature would diminish their Facebook experience. Yet in a statement released today on their blog, the company admitted they should have been more clear explaining the feature to users to avoid confusion and that they are working on “satisfy concerns” brought forward by lawmakers and privacy advocates.

Instructions for disabling the facial recognition feature:

 

 

I think users should never ever trust any social network site and always think of ways to maintain their privacy, because in my opinion the main purpose of social network sites like Facebook is to break every rule of privacy and broadcast everyone’s secrets all over the internet, Just to like what they did in college. And that is only my opinion.