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 find your #UDID for your iPhone as #Anonymous posts 1,000,001 IDs on Pastebin #Antisec

It appears that Anonymous have posted 1,000,001 UDID’s from a total of 12,000,000 iOS devices that they “retreived”  from the FBI

This is the message on Pastebin – http://pastebin.com/nfVT7b0Z which they say had 370,000 hits 1 hour ago at the time of posting this.

The reason for this was to aparently expose the FBI Agent for having 12m Apple UDID on his laptop – why we wonder is the reason for this, are they being tracked?

On the Paste bin it says…..

why exposing this personal data?
well we have learnt it seems quite clear nobody pays attention if you just come
and say ‘hey, FBI is using your device details and info and who the fuck knows
what the hell are they experimenting with that’, well sorry, but nobody will care.
FBI will, as usual, deny or ignore this uncomfortable thingie and everybody will
forget the whole thing at amazing speed. so next option, we could have released
mail and a very small extract of the data. some people would eventually pick up
the issue but well, lets be honest, that will be ephemeral too.

There’s not much you can do about it as you can’t change your UDID but you can have a look to see if yours is on the list.

How to find your UDID

 1. Plug in your iPhone and open Itunes

2. Click on your device to see your iPhone Stats 

At the top it says – Name – Capacity – Software Version – Serial Number – PhoneNumber

3. Click Serial number and it will change to Identifier (UDID) this is the number that you need. 

Then according to anonymous you can download a decryptedfile of the pastebin entries to see if your UDID is on it.

From @anonymousirc – bit.ly/RHwRC5  – they say that they are working on a browsable version so you could just wait for that..

UPDATE

The Next Web have now published a safe way to find out on this Link

 

Anonymous say that they haven’t included any of your data as such –  in the document but hackers  could easily find out some information, such as your address.

This is what they actually say…

there you have. 1,000,001 Apple Devices UDIDs linking to their users and their
APNS tokens.
the original file contained around 12,000,000 devices. we decided a million would be
enough to release.
we trimmed out other personal data as, full names, cell numbers, addresses,
zipcodes, etc.
not all devices have the same amount of personal data linked. some devices
contained lot of info.
others no more than zipcodes or almost anything. we left those main columns we
consider enough to help a significant amount of users to look if their devices
are listed there or not. the DevTokens are included for those mobile hackers
who could figure out some use from the dataset.

That is about all we can do at the moment, we need two questions answered – from Apple – how to we protect our identities if the number has been posted.  And from the FBI  why do they have all of this information?

We will watch it unfold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LinkedIn Update, Member Passwords were Hacked – How to change Password

LinkedIn have now confirmed that some of the passwords were hacked today.

Well, what they actually say is “We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts.”

  1. Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.
  2. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in these emails. For security reasons, you should never change your password on any website by following a link in an email.
  3. These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords.

So that is a good thing to remember – never change your password from a link in an email, and don’t on this occasion.

To confirm they say if you have been compromised you won’t be able to log in and LinkedIn are going to send you details, I would assume you have to click forgot password to reset.

But if you are still nervous about it all, you can simply change your password.

How to change your Linkedin Password

First go over to where your name is and click on it …… as above – then click SETTINGS

Then click Change Password.

Finish by putting your Old Password here and then your new Password Twice.

Also remember…….. never use the same passwords for other accounts.

Hope this helps

 

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Person Folder – A NEW Social networking site!

A NEW Social networking site

What is Person Folder?

Person Folder lets you keep track of your friends and connections the way YOU want.

Its a brand spanking A NEW Social networking site;  users may create a personal profile, both public and private, add other users as friends and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common interest user groups, organized by workplace, school, or college, or other characteristics. Profiles also have the ability to create full profile page customization and the ability to add a music player.
I joined it today, its still in beta, they are constantly working on it, creating fun happenings, and magic behind the curtains – who knows what might happen!

It appears that Person Folder arrived on the scene after a few people were  just fed up with Facebook’s security, hence the slogan.

One thing that I did notice straight away (which is totally different to Facebook, sadly) is that EVERYTHING is set to ME ONLY – then you go to settings and change it to either “friends”, or “everyone” if you want. Which of course is how it should be!  🙂

I thought that I did have a problem with it, when I went to view public profile – it had information on there that I had kept to “only me” but when I looked at my profile after I’d logged out – it was just as I had set?

This is my profile page, I’ve set up my profile picture and a background (that I created) very easily.  Its very simple to navigate around the site, everything is clearly labelled and tagged, and its very smooth and fast. You have folders for photos and music, which are simply uploaded (say no more) – and you can share with your friends via your inbox or your wall.

Here is Franc’s page its much more exciting than mine; with two followers 🙂

A NEW Social networking site

Its very early days yet for Person Folder and there are so many site features that they are going to be adding:

# add band/artist specific profile options
# add a latest friend requests box to sidebar
# add new messages box to sidebar
# add more customization options for public profiles
# add an advanced user search option
# divide image selection options by category
# add more profile type options
# create a friend suggestion box for sidebar
# add a jobs board
# create a blog section
# create a classifieds section
# create an events section
# create a system to take snap shots from a webcam
# create a system tp take movie clips from a webcam
# create a robust mobile version of site
# add a music voting system
# add a photo gallery view page for friends
# add seemless ajax routines to site functionality

If there was one  thing I would like to see, it would be a bit more colour, a bit more razzle; it seems a bit bland. Although I like old – Twitter.com because it is bland and simple? Maybe twitter is different.

I will post an update once I’ve had a full look round, but if you want to join me, that would help, sign up here www.personfolder.com I’m Michelledh.

Edit- update 2016, personfolder seem to be gone.

I am honestly trying not to encourage Facebook to delete my Facebook page; I’m not as big I know but it  happened to The BullDog Estate , can you believe that – and as Facebook appear to be looking at my posts from time to time, really – its a bit of a worry!  Must be a just a bot alert. So if the page is still there, please like it for me, thanks.

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 

Can you see who’s looking at or stalking your Facebook Profile? – NO!

I’ve seen another batch of these messages similar to the free make up scams, where an application tells you that you can track who’s been looking at your Facebook Profile. 

Update: New one seen today called Facestalkers – exactly the same thing, the name might change but the song remains the same. 

This is fake, its a scam. 

I’ve not clicked on it myself but I am pretty certain that it takes you to an advertising page or to a fake page after asking if it can access your Facebook account and then reposts messages from your account, I’ve seen two types of messages  per person so far. 

This is how I know its fake. 

From the Facebook help page. 

Every so often these applications appear insisting that they can inform you of who has looked at your Facebook profile and they catch people out as people would like to know, but as I’ve shown you from the above statements, Facebook do not allow this, they have actually make it technically impossible they say. 



There are also now Facebook pages and groups stating the same things – they are obviously also fake. 

Facebook security posted this. 

These pages and groups and applications have many names Profile keepers is the lastest one I’ve seen but there are loads, all claiming to tell you who’s checked, stalked, read, viewed your Facebook Profile.

So, the answer is ……. NO, you cannot see who has been looking at your Facebook Profile page.

Don’t click on these links, it just fuels the virus. 

If you already got caught out by a scam like this then these instructions from Facebook will remove it

If your account has been taken over and used to send spam, you should follow these steps immediately:

 
  • If you can’t reset your password because the email address you use to log in has changed, or if your account has been disabled, visit our help page.
  • Make sure you have up-to-date security software on your computer, run a scan, and remove any malicious files. If you don’t do this, and your computer is infected, your account may be taken over again. If you don’t yet have protection for your computer, you can download a complimentary six-month subscription of McAfee security software. Learn more on the Software tab.
  • Application and Plugins › General Application Support: Adding, displaying, and removing applications





    You can remove an application you have allowed from the Applications You Usepage. To get to that page, follow these steps:

    1. Go to the Privacy Settings page from the “Account” drop-down menu located at the top of any page on Facebook.
    2. Click the “Edit your settings” link under the Applications and Websites section towards the bottom of the page.
    3. Click on the application you’d like to remove. If you don’t see the application listed, you can find it by clicking the Edit Settings button towards the top right-hand side of the page.
    4. You’ll then see an expanded view of your settings for that application. From here, you can click the “Remove application” link. Once you confirm you’d like to remove the application, it will no longer have access to your data and be removed from your profile, bookmarks, and your Applications and Games Dashboards
    Update – I’ve seen two new ones today !! both saying you can see who your facebook stalkers are …..don’t fall for it people! 


    Hope this helps



 

 

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