At Facebook, the business model is to sell your data – that is the sole method that allows them to make billions. Each year they promise new reforms, each year there is little real progress. Check out this in-depth article over at Wired.com on Facebook privacy…
How to delete Facebook
Facebook is losing users, fast. They have lost billions too. With Russia meddling with its users feed that makes it even worse. They lost our trust a long time ago.
Here’s how to leave Facebook:
1) Make a copy of all your Facebook information. Facebook makes it relatively simple to download an archive of your account, which includes your Timeline info, posts you have shared, messages and photos, as well as more hidden information like ads you have clicked on, the IP addresses that are logged when you log into or out of Facebook, and more. Click “Download a copy of your Facebook data.” You can only do this before you delete your account.
2) Now for deleting your account. Here’s where they hide the page you need (kinda sneaky huh?)… http://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account
3) Wait. It takes a few days for the account to be deleted. Then another 90 for full deletion. Other stuff like messages you’ve sent to friends will still be accessible to them.
Spread the word #deletefacebook
Registered users of dailybooth.com are not allowed to ever delete their account. This is explained on their website – the excuse is simply “coming soon.” As any web developer knows adding functionality to delete an account is one of the fastest and simplest of tasks. Therefore the logical reason is to keep their user base numbers as high as possible, while sacrificing privacy and the rights of their registered users. They join Facebook and other social networking sites in this tactic of unethical business practice. Welcome to the club DailyBooth.com! And welcome to the negative publicity.
For more information about this unethical practice check out this story about the growing query “How do I delete my DailyBooth.com account…” and learn the unethical difference between delete (remove)
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Is Facebook Bad For Friendships?
may want to stop and think about how Facebook may be hurting your real-life friendships. Many are finding they’ve gone from healthy face-to-face to hiding behind computer screens. Relationships can degrade when you begin to rely on IM, texting, Facebook posting, tweets and other social media.
Why? There is nothing as pure as one-on-one. A simple meeting or phone call can bring you much closer than any textual, distracting, technology-laden format. Even though Facebook can bring old friends together,
the quality of the relational information is actually very poor, choppy, and usually “on the surface”.
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For more on Facebook vs. Friendship click here for another good read…
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I’m Leaving Facebook!
The New York Times had an interesting article about users who are leaving Facebook, perhaps in droves.
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If you’re thinking about quitting Facebook, trying to get removed from Facebook, or feel your privacy is a concern then you are not alone.
Click to read the article titled “Facebook Exodus” at New York Times Online…
Why phishers love Facebook
Facebook is the new playground for phishers. Why? The social networking site has made things relatively easy for computer criminals. So far, the consequences have been relatively mild — mostly, some annoying emails. But if Facebook and other social networking sites don’t get a handle on security issues soon, a serious outbreak could occur.
Behind every successful criminal computer hack a simple two-step process: gain trust, then exploit that trust with an attack. Computer criminals will tell you that gaining trust is the hard part. Consider a real-world parallel: Breaking into a bank is difficult. But if you befriend a guard, he’ll eventually let you walk right in through the front door.
That’s why Facebook attacks are so easy, says Mary Landesman, senior researcher at computer security firm ScanSafe.
“Facebook users assume a level of trust they just should not assume when using the site,” she said.
Phishing attacks have been popping up nearly every week on Facebook and other social sites like Twitter. Victims receive e-mails from friends with innocent-sounding messages, such as “click on this video.” Those who are duped then surrender their login information on a rogue Web site, and then a criminal is off to the races with their identity.
People who would never fall for an old-fashioned phishing note are getting tripped up by Facebook phish for one simple reason: They trust the sender.
“People are pretty unguarded in the social networking environment,” said Kevin Haley, director of Symantec Corp.’s security response team. “You figure you’re surrounded by friends, so why have your guard up?”
He likened Facebook attacks to scam artists that prey on church communities, where members typically share a high level of trust.
By creating what looks like a safe, fun environment, Facebook has created an ideal breeding ground for phishing attacks. In fact, some Facebook software even helps the cause. For example, Facebook makes it relatively easy to send messages to groups of “friends,” or to post notes that appear on their Web pages. That means one stolen login account can lead to a lot of trouble.
Worse yet, some of the techniques Facebook employs fly directly in the face of accepted security practices. Facebook regularly sends e-mail to users with links in the message. “To follow the comment thread, follow the link below,” reads a typical note. Clicking on the link then prompts users to log in.
That is precisely the formula phishers use to trick victims into divulging their passwords — an e-mail with a link that leads to a login page.
The Facebook method is a recipe for disaster. It’s difficult for users to tell the difference between a legitimate Facebook message and a phishing e-mail. That’s why many banks stopped sending e-mails with links years ago. And in general, that is why e-mail is no longer regarded as a secure form of communication — outside the social networking universe, anyway.
But Facebook has trained their users to click on links in e-mail. And with the steady advance of third-party applications that require sharing of data, Facebook has trained users to play fast and loose with personal information, too.
“We’ve barely gotten users to the point where they have a basic understanding of passwords, and the idea of not using the same password for everything,” Landesman said. “Facebook’s use of e-mail and links “is a huge contributing factor (to the phishing problem).”
Facebook could make a simple change and stop many of these phishing attacks — all notification e-mails could say simple “login on our homepage to see the message,” for example, forcing users to always arrive at the site the old-fashioned way — by typing in www.facebook.com in a Web browser’s address bar.
This wouldn’t eradicate phishing. E-mails within Facebook’s system sent between users also include links, and these could also lead to trouble. Because linking to articles is such an important part of Facebook use, there’s no realistic way for Facebook
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But anyone who clicks on such a link sent from within Facebook’s system wouldn’t need to log in again. Over time, users would learn there’s never a need to supply their password after clicking on a link, and wouldn’t be primed to do so when a phisher’s e-mail arrived.
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Of course, these are the same hazards that Internet users face every day — supplying login information to imposter Web sites is bad, landing on booby-trapped Web sites even worse. But Facebook users are especially vulnerable, because they trust the site and their friends. The firm bears responsibility to act before the problem gets worse.
Facebook isn’t entirely to blame, of course. Some of it is old-fashioned techno-naiveté. Users tend to be too trusting when a new technology arrives. Just two months ago we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Melissa virus, the first e-mail worm that really shut down the entire computing world. Its method sounds quaint — or even silly — today. The Melissa message, which appeared to come from a co-worker or friend, read simply: “Here is that document you asked for … don’t show anyone else ;-).” Few Net users would fall for that trick in a standard e-mail today. But Facebook users are falling for very similar criminal tactics because they are working in a new medium. Many will have to touch this new stove and find out that, here too, they can be burned.
Here, too, Facebook is a victim of its own success. Mary Landesman points out that because nearly all Facebook messages are legitimate, recipients are much more likely to fall for the occasional e-mail trap. On the other hand, most traditional e-mail messages are spam (80 to 90 percent) and most inboxes are full of malicious messages, so consumers are much more wary when using regular e-mail.
“The fact that a majority of Facebook correspondence is still valid gives people a false sense of security,” she said.
Facebook didn’t ask for the job of Internet security cop, but that’s the job the company has now. So far, phishing attempts have been clumsy, often marked by broken English and silly-looking URLs. One recent message urged recipients to click on a link with arcane labels like “Check 121.im.”
But this weekend, a more sophisticated version included a link that looked like this:
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appears to link users to Facebook.com, when in fact it sends clickers to a Web site in Russia (Web browsers ignore all the characters before the semicolon in a link). Expect a steady progression in phishing techniques during the next few months.
Facebook is taking some actions to ward off disaster. It hired security firm MarkMonitor, which has experience in getting phishing Web sites removed from the Internet. The firm says it’s already removed 240 phishing sites since the beginning of the year. When it discovers an ongoing phishing attack, Facebook reaches into users’ inboxes and removes the harmful messages. Because it’s a closed system, that technique is effective at preventing a large outbreak, at least on messages from within Facebook.
But the technology is limited and reactive. Facebook can only shut down an attack after it has started. And it can’t remove notification e-mails that are sent outside its systems, leaving users who get those e-mails still vulnerable.
Facebook is hardly the only social networking site with a problem. Twitter, which was hit this weekend by the same Russian video phishing note as Facebook, also makes things easier for crooks. Last week, security firm Trend Micro said that 13,000 Twitter users were hit by the so-called “Twittercut” phish, which promised to help clickers quickly gain 1,000 new “followers.”
Because there are multiple domains that can be used to log in to a Twitter account, Landsman points out, users are less likely to be skeptical of a link to an unusual Web site.
But Facebook is the 800-pound gorilla with the 200 million users. It should set the tone for a new set of social networking security standards. It should stop pushing users to share information with third-party applications, stop using e-mail links as a main tool of communication, and work harder to educate users about the risks they’ll encounter while using the site.
RED TAPE WRESTLING TIPS
The oldest of all Web security advice still applies. Never click on a link you didn’t expect, even if it comes from an old friend. Always type in Web addresses manually. Think before you click. Count to five if you have to.
Landesman also says that social network site users should avoid what she calls “promiscuous friending.” The wider your network of friends, the more likely one of them will get hit with a
virus and their computer will attack yours. Limit your friends and you’ll limit your exposure.
by Bob Sullivan
Have you ever thought how it could affect you if someone stole your identity? According to the latest information available from the FBI you have every reason to fear. This according to the FBI is the fastest growing crime wave in the USA. Not rape as horrible as that is, not mass shootings like the one at the Omaha mall as shocked as everyone was but stealing identities of people like you and me.
In researching the facts for this article I was amazed at the examples of everyday folks that have had their identity stolen and didnt have a clue until the damage was done in some cases so completely that it will take years to sort everything out. Sometimes the culprits are found and prosecuted and sometimes they change identities AGAIN and become someone else and move on. They leave in their wake a tragedy of damaged credit and lives that take years to recover from.
We are going to give you a number of examples of the identity theft AND then we are going to give you a solution that I hope you will follow. Be proactive rather than just think this happens to others and could never happen to you. It can indeed.
From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in congressional testimony: A NASA engineer went to his bank where he had banked 11 years for a loan and was refused. He had to use his retirement funds for his sons education. A consumer spent three years trying to repair her damaged credit rating due to identity theft and was unable to purchase a new home. A department store clerk whose identity had been assumed by a shoplifter has spent several years seeking employment in the retail industry (unsuccessfully).
These are real examples but if you dont know the persons yourself might be inclined to dismiss this, dont its real. In an article we published a few months ago entitled, Be Careful What You Throw Away we pointed out that there are people who make a living just going through trash looking for that one jewel like your bank account number, credit card number(s), social security number or anything that gives them a leg up to become you. They open credit cards using that information; even bank accounts, purchase homes and cars then abscond leaving the victim to sort it all out.
Here are a few more examples:
Thousands of Social Security numbers posted on Texas state government site.
A security expert discovered that he could very easily find personal data from all tax liens and loan agreement notices filed in the state of Texas before June 2005. When he inquired about this the Secretary of States office told him it was the individual citizens responsibility to let them know that they didnt want their SS number published. How are they supposed to know this?
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Waiters have been caught using hand-held computers to secretly steal personal information. This is known as skimming. It has been determined that up to 70% of this type of credit card theft is done by restaurant personnel. Security experts warn that you are in danger every time you hand your credit card to a stranger.
Thousands of Ohios state employees had their bank information stolen.
Just this past summer the news reported that a computer back-up tape was stolen from an interns car. This put the state officials in Columbus, Ohio into damage control mode. The tape contained the fund-transfer bank information for almost 30,000 state employees.
Just a couple of months ago the Arizona Republic where we live reported that they have uncovered a mill cranking out thousands of false identities. Their big fear is with our new law going into effect on January 1 requiring employers to verify SS numbers with the Feds before employment, is the identity thefts will increase allowing these illegal folks to continue to work using your name or mine.
Have I convinced you yet that you are in imminent danger? I hope so because everyone is. The problem is this isnt like locking a window/door to keep a burglar out. Its a little more complex than that and yet it isnt, not really. The solution is as close as your computer Its called LifeLock!
LifeLock is a one of a kind. You have heard their advertisement on the radio where their CEO gives his Social Security number and tells who they are and what they can do to protect you. There are several copy cat companies who provide the same service but this is the ONLY ONE whose CEO dares to give you his personal Social Security number and also a Million Dollar guarantee if someone steals your identity. No one else gives you that. After we researched this information, both my daughter (my partner) and myself both signed up for this. We were convinced and glad we did.
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Spyware programs are sent to intercept your computer with the job of sending back personal information, this is done without our knowledge or permission. Some programs sent out will only to collect information for the purpose of advertising and marketing. However there are those more malicious programs that threaten our privacy and can lead to identity theft ,affiliate fraud and the theft of your credit card numbers.
Ways to tell if your computer is infected:
If your computer is behaving erratically, shutting down, different homepages appearing, running slower. You may find that your computer has been infected. If it has, you can remove it yourself with the help of an anti spyware remover. With there being a lot on the market it is hard to know which one is the right one for you.
What to look for in an Anti spyware program:
When looking for a good anti spy program, you will want one that is fast and easy to use and compatible with your system. Always choose a program with good customer support, and check whether there is an extra cost for updates.
After it has been installed, set it up to automatically scan regularly, as there are new threats created all the time. It is also a good
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