Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

WhatsApp Security – Make This Change Right Now!

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Heads up, WhatsApp users; it’s time to adjust your security settings.

Security researchers found a backdoor in the popular messaging application WhatsApp recently that could allow WhatsApp to intercept and read user messages. Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp, claims that it is impossible to intercept messages on WhatsApp thanks to the services end-to-end encryption. The company states that no one, not even itself, can read what is sent when both sender and recipient use the latest version of the application.

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Block WhatsApp from Sharing (Most) Data with Facebook

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

If you value your privacy (or if you just don’t enjoy being force fed ads for everything you mention on FB,) you might find this simple tweak useful.

WhatsApp users worldwide will receive a prompt over the course of the next few days that moves the application one step closer to its parent company Facebook. As you know, Facebook acquired WhatsApp back in 2014 for $19 billion. While it pushed one of the most successful messaging products into Facebook’s product lineup, many wondered how the company was turning WhatsApp into a profitable product.

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Facebook Waves Goodbye to Flash Video

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

With both Facebook and Windows dropping Flash, it’s pretty clear that the end of Flash-based video is near.

Facebook announced on December 18, 2015 that it made the decision to switch from a Flash-based video player on Facebook to a HTML5-based media player. The company will use its HTML5 video player “for all Facebook web video surfaces” including videos on news feeds, pages, and in the Facebook embedded video player. Videos embedded directly from other sites, such as YouTube, use the HTML5 video player by default as well on Facebook.

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Why You Should Delete Cookies Before Signing in to Google or Facebook

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Just in case you don’t have enough privacy and security issues to worry about already …

Whenever you use Google or Facebook without being logged in to an account, a cookie is saved to the local system. It is anonymous at this point in time even though it reveals information about your browsing habits to the company that set it. Google for instance knows that you have searched for this and that but cannot link the information to you as a person.  The company even states that it uses anonymous identifiers in its privacy policy.

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How to Disable Auto-Play Videos on Facebook

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Interesting … now if they could only tell me how to disable auto-play videos on news sites.

Facebook introduced a new form of advertisement recently on the site. While it is not enabled for all users yet, it is enabled for you if you have noticed auto-playing videos in your feed recently. According to Facebook, videos¬† from individuals, some pages, and Summit Entertainment’s content for Divergent start to auto-play on the site at this point in time.

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Pathfinder Keeps Track of Where You Go so You Can Find Your Way Back Again

Monday, March 31st, 2014

This is basically a high-tech alternative to leaving a trail of bread crumbs everywhere you go …

Finding back to a starting location can be useful in many situations. From retracing your steps to finding your parked car over making sure that you can go back to your hotel while on holiday to locations where orientation is problematic. If you ever had to search for your parked car for an extended period of time, you know how useful applications such as Pathfinder can be. Pathfinder is a brand new application for Google Android devices that keeps track of where you walk or drive so that you can find your way back at all times.

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Facebook Asking Locked Out Users to Provide Government ID

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

If this happened to me, I’d interpret it as a sign that it’s way past time to stop using Facebook …

If you have opened Twitter today you may have noticed an increase in messages reporting that the social media site Facebook was asking them to provide a Government ID to unlock their account on the site. The message that users received during log in to their Facebook account states the following: “For security reasons your account is temporarily locked. If this account reflects your real name and personal information, please help us verify it”.

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Adblock Plus Blocks Some Facebook Annoyances Now (If You Want)

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Here’s one way to eliminate some of the annoying stuff that ends up on your Facebook homepage … another way to avoid annoying stuff on Facebook, is to make sure you don’t have any annoying friends.

Facebook has been the dominating social networking site on the Internet for the past years. Even Google with all its might did not manage to push its Google+ service past Facebook. While that does not mean that Facebook will still be number one in five years or so, it is fair to say that things won’t change anytime soon in regards to being the top dog in the social networking world.

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How to Limit the Audience of Past Posts on Facebook

Friday, October 4th, 2013

What the heck, it’s Friday, so here’s a somewhat frivolous post about social networking …

Up until recently Facebook’s Graph Search was limited to recent posts and activities. Facebook a couple of days ago changed that so that the search is now covering all of the social networking site’s database. What this means for users of the service is that searches may reveal information posted years ago. Depending on what is being posted on Facebook, and the access rights associated with those posts, it may either be a big deal or no big deal at all.

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Get Notified about Concerts Based on your Location and Musical Preference

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Here’s an interesting Android app for fans of live music …

I’m going to a concert every other month or so provided that a band is playing that I like or at least do not mind listening to. One of the things that always bothered me was that there is not really a good way to keep track of band concerts manually.

You have to crawl through various official pages, event agency websites and festival sites to discover when artists come to town.

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