GetPRSM – The security friendly Social Network?

getprsmAt first glance you think GetPrsm seems to be a fabulous social networking site, the site was created by Datacoup who put together this site after NSA’s sweeping data collection program. Datacoup which was founded by Matt Hogan is itself a  free web & mobile application that empowers consumers with their own personal data.

What about this GetPrsm Social Network?

Is it a new network or what?  Let us see what GetPrsm’s features are…

The Network boasts

  • No Ad’s ever
  • Unlimited Storage
  • 320 million users (are alarm bells ringing yet?)
  • Never worry about sharing again

With a host of things you can share on line including….

Purchases – Internet Searches – Email – Blog Posts – TV shows watched – Photos Uploaded – Locations – Phone Calls – Videos Watched – Texts – Social Media – And More.

Uh huh….

Instantly upload trillions of megabytes of data.

Key Partners Include

  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Apple
  • Yahoo
  • Skype
  • AOL
  • At&t

Now you get it – there is a clue in the name – PRSM.  Yes, you’d be wrong in thinking the new social networking site was actually real – it’s in fact just a parody site to promote awareness and attention to the issues on security.

When you click on the Sign up Now button

It says Un-Oh!  Looks like there is already an account associated with this device and/or user

getprsm

Contact technical support.

Then when you click Contact Support

Its takes you to a blog post entitled

Massive Spying Program Exposed

Very clever … We like it ! 🙂

We have heard some rumours that someone might be making this site a reality …. stay tuned.

How to get Facebook’s new Timeline and What the heck is it?

introducing timeline

Can’t wait to get Facebook’s New Timeline ?

You will have it very soon, don’t worry! However if you have been chomping at the bit since the launch of Timeline in December for your Facebook Profile to change and can’t wait any longer you can get it right now.

Before we go into that, some are still asking – What is Facebook timeline?  Facebook timeline is a new profile layout that will show your Facebook activity from the time you joined Facebook. In a Time… Line!  Clever?  So, now your Facebook friends can look through your whole Facebook networking history not just what you posted today or last week.  Fun or Scary?  You may want to change some settings, I will show you how. I’m surprised actually that some of my most safety conscious friends are loving the new timeline.

This is Mick Say’s Timeline…He’s from the Online Marketing Academy – I’m sure he won’t mind me showing you what it looks like.

I do like the fact that you can have a cover picture (the large picture at the top) it makes the page look much more professional and interesting.

Ok I will stop going on and tell you how to get the new Facebook timeline now.

All you have to do is go to Facebook’s page Introducing timeline and click the green button at the bottom of the page get timeline

Thankfully you have a full Seven days to play around with how it looks and the privacy settings, which you will want to change, before it actually goes live on your own Facebook page. However if you are finished editing or don’t want to you can publish it whenever you like.  Even if you don’t activate the New timeline now, when it eventually does come to you, you still get those seven days to adjust the settings or remove posts that you don’t want to be seen.

I can see this being a problem for those people that only go on to Facebook once a week – I’m sure there are such people – they won’t even know that the new timeline is on their page.  So getting it now might be an option for them.

You can remove certain stories – posts or comments for which I wrote a blog about in  September on Adding and Removing Stories (Pictures and statuses) from your New Timeline.

To alter how posts are seen and who by

Go to your Activity Log which is the button on the right under your cover picture.

Here you can alter each item to Public, Friends, friends except acquaintances, only me or custom, and more. Or you can remove it.

This on the Facebook help pages there is  “Timeline: A New King of Profile” this will give you all of the information that you need to know about the timeline.

Timeline Basics

Related Topics

I think that just about covers it, I hope that you are now clear on what Facebook’s new timeline is and how to change the settings.  If you have any questions and can’t find the answer, please don’t hesitate to put a comment here and I will try to help you with it.
Hope this helps.

 

 

 

Facebook now have to sort out privacy say FTC

The Federal Trade Commission said Facebook’s claims about its privacy policies were unfair and deceptive and violated federal law.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them.

The FTC have ruled that Facebook will now be required to obtain approval from users before making any changes to privacy settings or how data is shared and also stop anyone accessing a deleted account within 30 days of its deletion.

This is good news. Isn’t it what we said all along, opt in, not opt out!   I am not against Mark Zuckerberg or Facebook but they really need to listen to the users.  From what I’ve seen they aren’t good listeners.

In Mark Zuckerberg’s blog post today he actually said…

Overall, I think we have a good history of providing transparency and control over who can see your information.

REALLY?  He still doesn’t see that people were confused about keeping certain data or information private, or what was being shared. Then it was changed and private information suddenly wasn’t private any more, and then changed again, people had no idea what was going on. 

He then admits “We’ve made a bunch of mistakes.” 

Erm.. yeah.

This case has been going on for 2 years now, and Facebook have apparently made many changes to Facebook to try fix things, or they said they did. But now Facebook have actually agreed that they will implement these changes, I wonder will it actually happen, and what will haven’t if they don’t.

The FTC complaint lists a number of instances in which Facebook allegedly made promises that it did not keep:

  • In December 2009, Facebook changed its website so certain information that users may have designated as private – such as their Friends List – was made public. They didn’t warn users that this change was coming, or get their approval in advance.
  • Facebook represented that third-party apps that users’ installed would have access only to user information that they needed to operate. In fact, the apps could access nearly all of users’ personal data – data the apps didn’t need.
  • Facebook told users they could restrict sharing of data to limited audiences – for example with “Friends Only.” In fact, selecting “Friends Only” did not prevent their information from being shared with third-party applications their friends used.
  • Facebook had a “Verified Apps” program & claimed it certified the security of participating apps. It didn’t.
  • Facebook promised users that it would not share their personal information with advertisers. It did.
  • Facebook claimed that when users deactivated or deleted their accounts, their photos and videos would be inaccessible. But Facebook allowed access to the content, even after users had deactivated or deleted their accounts.
  • Facebook claimed that it complied with the U.S.- EU Safe Harbor Framework that governs data transfer between the U.S. and the European Union. It didn’t.

Facebook got off pretty lightly by the sounds of it, they didn’t actually admit to any wrong doing and they didn’t even get a fine. It sounds more like they have been asked to make these changes and Facebook said Ok then.

However under the FTC agreement Facebook are to obtain periodic assessments of its privacy practices by Independent third party auditors for the next 20 years!

 

What do you feel about all of this, are you concerned about Facebook privacy – do you want more changes?  What changes do you want?  Or are you happy with Facebook as it is now?

Watch this space…

Hope this helps

Did Google+ help with the Facebook improvements

Yesterday The Facebook Blog  announced on a very mixed up post that they are making a “bunch of improvements” so that it is easier to share our posts and photos.   These improvements are starting to roll out over the next few days – you’ll know when you have them as you will see a prompt for a tour, which might not be a bad idea to do.  Hopefully I can make it clearer for you what the changes are.

Photos and Posts

Facebook are making the sharing options next to the posts and photos on a drop down menu instead of being on a settings page. These options were there already just not in the right place.  There are also more changes to help with privacy and sharing.  Which does make it look a little bit more like Google+ but I’ll leave that for you to decide.

Profile

This will help with people understanding who they share with, right here on your profile it actually says who are you are sharing this information with – I like this!

Photo Tags

If someone tagged you in a photo before and you didn’t want it you had to then go in to the photo and remove it, maybe days later which could be embarressing – Now however you will be notified and you can approve or reject the tag.   Anyone can now tag you in a photo, they do not even have to be your friend, but you have to approve it for it to show on your profile, but its not clear if it shows on their profile if you approve or not?

I like this

They have also moved the View Profile As button to the top of your profile page, instead of having it hidden away.

Sharing

Facebook has now put icons and changed the word “Everyone” to “Public”  (Google+) on who you share with …   You can also now edit status updates or change who see’s the posts if you sent it out incorrectly. This could be both helpful and annoying.

Locations

The new feature here is that you can now check in to anywhere you don’t actually have to be there, you can say that you “would like to be” somewhere or that “you are going” somewhere, and now it is not restricted to mobile only.

So, basically most of these changes aren’t really new features but slightly changed or moved to a more accessible place, which is great, as still people do not understand Facebook privacy, perhaps these improvements will help.

Hope this helps

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook Phonebook – are my contact numbers on show?

Here we go again ..

There is some confusion on Facebook about your contact numbers from your phone showing on your Facebook profile – this has popped up again since the arrival of the new application from Facebook called “Facebook Messenger”  where you can IM people from Facebook.  (Maybe because you have to Sync your contacts to use it?)

There is a viral message appearing in our feeds that says …

All the phone numbers in your phone are now published on Facebook.  

This ability (contacts)  has been there since the “Facebook Phonebook” feature at least a year ago, maybe more.   We also had a similar viral message going around then which warned that it was a security threat.

This can only happen apparently if you have in fact sync’d your mobile application with Facebook.  Even though I have even searched through lots of my friends to see if I can see any of their friends phone numbers – There is no option to view other peoples contacts.

However! … I can see my own contacts numbers, which include some of my Facebook friends… strange as I have never with my knowledge done a sync, it even comes up with a huge warning when you click the sync saying are you sure that all of your friends want you to sync their numbers with Facebook, so I would have noticed.    I tried to see if I could see these numbers from another account that I have, and I could not.

So the worrying thing isn’t that I am sharing my friends numbers but that I can see  my Facebook friends numbers, do they realise that they are sharing these with me?  I am assuming that they can’t see mine, as in the beginning I had this option stopped but now I will have to check for certain.

According to Facebook these are the instructions to …

Remove phone contacts from Facebook. 

1. Top right of screen – Click Edit Friends

2. On the left – Click Contacts.

You will see here your mobile contacts, either from your phone or your friends numbers, that have apparently allowed their number to be shown.

3. On the right – Click visit this page.

4. Click Remove.

This takes sometime, so just leave it to work its magic.

you will see this message …..

When  you have done this removal it still appears to show the people that have evidently voluntarily shared their own number, I was going to show you how to check this but see what happens next….

This is weird, you used to be able to go in to Account – Privacy preferences –  Customise settings –  Contact information  to set privacy for your mobile number but that option, (on mine anyway) has disappeared, gone, vanished!

If anyone has any  light on that matter please share it with us.   If you do share you number is this option still there?

Facebook privacy is a worry …… we need to keep on checking these things and making sure that we  have our settings customised and keep checking back in case facebook change the game again!

On another note, or maybe the same, Facebook appears to have been having some issues over the last few hours, some people are complaining that they cannot post or cannot like, various problems are cropping up, when I tried to “like” something I had a message about problem with database. Others have said it just will not them them post at all.

Hope this helps – if you can help too then please do.

What is the Facebook Face Recognition system and how to disable it.

Facebook has now launched its Face Recognition system to be available more users.  This system can apparently automatically identify people in your photos from their facial features  and help you tag them, they are not automatically tagged, its not that clever, but it will search through photos when loaded to find any that look like your friends and suggest you tag them.

As usual this is an opt out system from Facebook, which means when it does start, you could automatically find yourself tagged in loads of photos without your knowledge of any changes on Facebook. So if you think this is a bit too much against your privacy you might want to remove the ability now.  Even though I don’t think the option to use the facebook face recognition system is available yet in the UK, the ability to disable it has suddenly appeared, so I assume it will not be long.

How to disable it.

Go to Account Privacy settingsCustomize settings

At the top on the left you see: Things I share – scroll down to Things others share.

Suggest photos of me to friends (When photos look like me, suggest my name) – Click Edit settings

You will see a button that has Enabled click that and Tick Disable

Lastly Click OK

If you have any questions on how to protect your privacy on Facebook, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Hope this helps.

 

Facebook increase security after hacking?


Maybe its no coincidence that Facebook recently announced some new security just after Mark Zuckerberg’s personal fan page was evidently hacked.

However, for whatever reason, better security on Facebook is always a good thing.

Hypertext transfer protocol secure
Firstly from today they say on the Facebook blog posted on 26.1.11. you’ll be able to experience Facebook entirely over HTTPS  –  It might be a good idea to turn this on (as always we have to turn it on rather than off)  this especially if you are accessing Facebook on free WiFi – like at coffee shops, airports and other public places. 

HTTPS is used by banks or online shops – a lock shows in the address bar to show that the browser is using a secure connection, (“HTTPS”) to communicate with the website and protect your information. Pages do take longer to load, and some applications may not be supported but privacy is the key so that shouldn’t worry us. Facebook say that they will work hard to resolve these issues.

To set this up…..

Click Account – Top Right
Account Settings
Tick – Browse Facebook on a secure connections HTTPS
Click Save.

As yet I do not see this option, but seeing as it took me over 2 months to get Facebook email, we may have to wait a while.

Social Authentication
Facebook also mention in this blog that they are now going use Social Authentication, where you have to name your friends from photos to log into Facebook maybe from a different country as normal  – but this isn’t actually new as my BF had to do this when he logged in on holiday in September. So that’s strange. Also this maybe be fun for Facebook users that have 800 friends that they don’t *really* know.



Quote
At Facebook we strive to put people at the center of all of our products and to design every experience you have on the site to be social. This is obvious in products like photos, where pictures are organized around the people that appear in them. We also want to bring the benefits of social design to experiences where you wouldn’t traditionally expect them, like account security. Social authentication is our latest effort toward this goal.

The vast majority of people who have used Facebook have never experienced a security problem. However, if we detect suspicious activity on your account, like if you logged in from California in the morning and then from Australia a few hours later, we may ask you to verify your identity so we can be sure your account hasn’t been compromised.



If and when this all takes place, (if it is not already in place) we obviously welcome any new security measures to stop password thieves and hackers. Sadly though a recent press conference Facebook were reported in saying that they believe they are doing enough to stop apps spamming users.

Therefore there is still a long journey ahead to fully protect our privacy on Facebook.




Pics from Facebook blog link above and Fulcrum Strategies Group 

Facebook Allowing Apps To Access Users Phone Numbers and Addresses (update – not cancelled)

When you are going to allow a Facebook application now you might see this …


… as Facebook has now allowed developers access to your private information. As announced on the developers blog page on Saturday here.   See updated information at the end. 

As you see can see its not only allowing the application access to your basic information but also your current address and mobile phone number.

Of course you can just click don’t allow on the permissions page (if you notice it)  or you can make sure that this personal information isn’t on Facebook in first place, which would be my advice. 

To make sure you have not got this information to share with third party applications.

Go to 
  • Profile (Top Right) 
  • Edit Profile (Top Right) 
  • Contact Information (Left menu) 


If you have your private information here then, delete it and click save changes at the bottom. 

Facebook obviously isn’t interested in our privacy, we know that by now, so its up to us to be vigilant and keep an eye out for these things. 


Update, Facebook has now posted a blog 

Improvements to Permissions for Address and Mobile Number

They say here not that they are cancelling this (as some reports have said) but just postponing it while they make some changes to make sure it is more clear for users to see more clearly when they are sharing their phone numbers and addresses. 
Quote “We look forward to re-enabling this improved feature in the next few weeks.”