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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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