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A guide to Facebook privacy settings

Ghacks has published here a small but useful guide to basi security settings in Facebook.

Suggestions include the fact that “[…] , this menu is entirely customizable. If you do not want anyone who is not on your friends list to access any of your information then you can do this from here. If you don’t mind if friends of friends also have access to your profile then this is an option too. For example, if I wanted everyone to be able to see when my birthday is then I would first click on the ‘Customize Settings’ tab. From here, I would enable everyone to see my birthday. It is as simple as that. Let’s take a closer look at each of the different settings that you can edit when it comes to Facebook privacy. […]

First of all is the ‘Posts by me’ section. This will include any status updates that you write, any wall posts that you make, or any photos that you upload. Obviously, the most sensible thing to do here is to set this to ‘Friends only’. This is because you do not want people that you do not know getting access to things that you have said, or your personal information or images.
The ‘Bio and Favourite Quotations’ section is up to you whether or not you would like to make this section private. However, it is important to remember that you may be putting private information about yourself in the Bio section which others will be able to see if you do allow this section to be public rather than private. The ‘Family and Relationships’ section is another one that is best kept private. The reason for this is because if you allow this information to be public then everyone can see members of your family which not everyone would be comfortable with. Of course, it is up to you, but it is best to be on the safe side. The rest of the information in this section of the privacy settings would usually be better if it were set to ‘Friends Only’, because it is all personal information. […]”

I think the guide is useful despite the fact that this brain confusing level of security that is implemented by Facebook for me is still unreliable and difficult to understand by average user.

This post as a comment also here.


Windows live messenger features

Ryan Dube at makeuseof.com shows us some useful WLM features :

“[…] Integration with every IM […] You can import contacts from all of your top social networks and email systems like Facebook, LinkedIn, Outlook, AOL Mail and even your Gmail account. […] Once you open up a chat with one of your online contacts, at any point during the chat, you can send over a file by clicking on “Files” and “Send a file or photo…” […] How to enable WLM for mobile […] Voice clipping and other […]” (full article here)

I’m not a big fan of Windows live Messsenger, but in some way can help you working better


A guide to surviving hacks

Justin Pot at makeuseof.com gives us the link of a guide wrote by Matt Smith called “Hackerproof: your guide to pc security” that includes “[…]

  • The history and types of modern malware
  • Which operating system is most secure
  • Good security habits that keep you safe
  • Software that can protect you
  • The importance of backing up your data
  • Recovering from a malware attack

[…]” (full article at http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/download-hackerproof-guide-pc-security/).

And here are the direct links to download or to read it in scribd.

Worth a read!


iPhone alarm failure

I read from many sources Apple has declared that will fix the bug that didn’t make the alarm ring.

Ok, is a bug that can cause problems and should be fixed. What sounds strange to me is that is exposed worldwide with quite the same level of coverage of Facebook and Skype outage.

I think that more “weighting” of news should be done in the internet, as well as in printed paper.


Monopoly or not?

Mathew Ingram at GigaOM writes a good article starting from Tim Wu new book on if we should be scared or not of Google, Apple and Facebook and if we are going toward a de-facto monopoly.

Mathew writes “[…] that just as AT&T was a monopoly during an earlier phase of communications history, companies like Google, Facebook and Apple now have what he calls “information monopolies” that could be just as damaging to our society. But does he present a convincing case that this is true? Not really. […]”

I agree with Mathew that we are not facing a monopoly, but I think better a “specialized” oligopoly, because Apple is a market maker for Phone trends, while Facebook is a reference for Social Networking.

Google is quite different, since offers a broader number of services, but there’s always an alternative for each of them. The truth is that in most cases Google services are better than the rest.

This post as a comment also at http://gigaom.com/2010/11/25/tim-wu-google-facebook/?go_commented=1#comment-524467


Facebook email still blocks some links

Ryan Singel at Wired reports that “[…]  Facebook’s “modern messaging system” may make it convenient to seamlessly move between instant messaging and a Facebook.com e-mail account, but not if you are sharing a link to a file sharing site. Facebook began blocking BitTorrent link-sharing on Facebook walls and news feeds last spring, and also started blocking private messages between users that included a link to torrents on the Pirate Bay. […]” (full article at http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/11/facebook-link-blocking).

I do not endorse or support bittorrent sharing for protected materials, but I think that blocking bit torrent anyway is quite meaningless. I also think that is strange this kind of approach by a company that has demonstrated that security is maybe its last concern.

This post as a comment also at   http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/11/facebook-link-blocking/comment-page-1/#comment-58772


Mr Z way of life

E.B. Boyd at Fast Company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/263893) reports Mr. Zuckerberg last coming out: “[…] Users are asking Facebook for more control over their data, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the Web 2.0 Summit today, but the company leans toward making things more open. “Mediating that tension is challenging,” he said. […] Facebook’s core philosophy is: “Facebook doesn’t ask for permission. It just asks for forgiveness.” Zuckerberg said company staffers debate the issues of who should have control over which pieces of data “every day.” Because Facebook is on the forefront of these issues, and because it’s venturing into new areas, “The correct answer isn’t completely obvious,” he said. And philosophically, the company tends to “err on the side of opennes […]” (Full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1703183/mark-zuckerberg-web-2-0).

Hey Mr. Z! You’re running a company, and a big one, with lot of sensitive datas. You’re not working anymore at University or in your backyard with only test datas.

Would be so difficult to have a more adult approach?

Web is based on ideas, but those cease to be the only driver in the moment that they meet business and involve other people. From this point on you need to follow some rules and  security is one of this, despite your “openess”.

This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1703183/mark-zuckerberg-web-2-0


Facebook revisited: do we really need another email system?

Tim Conneally at Beta news (http://www.betanews.com/author/tim) reports that “[…] Popular social networking site Facebook today announced it is rolling out a whole new messaging system over the next few months that “isn’t just e-mail,” but integrates four common ways users communicate: email, Facebook messages and chat, and SMS, and archives it all in a single thread. [….]” (full article at http://www.betanews.com/article/Facebooks-new-messaging-system-handles-email-chat-SMS-Office-Web-apps-all-in-one/1289847427).

Same thing is done by Sharon Gaudin at Computerworld (full article at http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9196618/Facebook_messaging_throws_a_blow_at_Google), Jacqui Cheng at Ars technica (full article at http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2010/11/facebooks-new-messaging-system-mashes-up-sms-e-mail-im.ars), John Brownlee at geek.com (http://www.geek.com/users/jbrownlee/ and full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/facebook-introduces-new-messaging-system-e-mail-sms-and-im-all-in-one-place-20101116/), Om Malik at Giga OM (http://gigaom.com/author/om/ and full article at http://gigaom.com/2010/11/15/meet-the-new-new-facebook) and Adam Dachis at Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/5690721/why-you-should-embrace-the-new-facebook-modern-messaging-system).

In some ways it reminds me Google wave, but I wish for Facebook it doesn’t follow the same path.

I agree with Google CEO that this new Facebook features aren’t a threat to Google activities, because the target is different (Google is a quite serious email provider and most of all is more secure than Facebook) and though messaging is integrated with Facebook, IMHO Google is more usable.

Again, I understand FB need to cover a gap and use his vast “installed base” (or addressable market),  but it would have better consolidate and strengthen his features before getting into a such complex addon, with no (substanntial) innovations and more risks for privacy.

This post as a comment also at http://www.betanews.com/article/Facebooks-new-messaging-system-handles-email-chat-SMS-Office-Web-apps-all-in-one/1289847427, at http://www.computerworld.com/comments/node/9196618#comment-708663, at http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2010/11/facebooks-new-messaging-system-mashes-up-sms-e-mail-im.ars?comments=1&p=21020590#comment-21020590, at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/facebook-introduces-new-messaging-system-e-mail-sms-and-im-all-in-one-place-20101116/comment-page-1/#comment-3924221, at http://gigaom.com/2010/11/15/meet-the-new-new-facebook/?go_commented=1#comment-513643 and at http://lifehacker.com/5690721/why-you-should-embrace-the-new-facebook-modern-messaging-system


Download all your Facebook info in one shot

Tim Brookes at makeuseof.com details a tutorial on Facebook data downloader (full article at http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/download-entire-facebook-history-data-downloader/).

Seems a good way to backup informations.


Facebook Email coming: trick or treat?

Stephen Shankland at Cnet (http://www.cnet.com/profile/Shankland/) reports that Facebook is going to announce his own Email service that will be integrated with Facebook services (full article at http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20022625-264.html).

“[…]Facebook already has a rudimentary system for direct, private messages among its members, including several people in one discussion thread. But it’s missing not just the ability to communicate outside Facebook, but also countless useful features available in real e-mail. Forget filtering, free-form attachments, a means to organize messages, and access from third-party e-mail client software such as Outlook or Thunderbird. […]”.

I think and agree that mail is a natural extension of Facebook activities, but I ask my self a very complex question on this opportunity.

Facebook is having problems managing its current structure, I’m not confident that will be able a more complex add on such as email.

In my opinion would have been better to consolidate the existing and then focus again on development.

This post as a comment also at http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20022625-264.html


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