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Does President Obama Think Facebook Isn’t Cool Anymore?

You may have seen the headlines where a statement from President Obama said while at a coffee shop attempting to sign up people within the 18 to 34 year old demographic for the Affordable Car Act plan. The President was overheard by an Atlantic associate editor Robinson Meyer saying “It seems like they don’t use Facebook anymore.”

As to who “they” is, we suspect that he meant the folks in the demographic he was attempting to get to sign up for Affordable Car Act plans. Meyer came to this conclusion in his complete thought process of the perception of Facebook and social media in general for that age group.

Facebook definitely had swagger but some think it is lost it over time as the company is not as cool as it used to be. You have to delve deep into the structure of Facebook and who is helping to run it now. Back in its early years it was nothing but Harvard students zoned in on a computer screen, which molded into the coolness we see in the company Apple. Now, Facebook is more like Dell where they employ folks who are suit and tie minded and faced with a shaky IPO and buyouts in the billions for companies like Instagram.

Whatever direction Facebook is headed in, there will always be those who are skeptical of the path it is cutting through the preverbal tech forest in each of its 1-billion user’s back yard.

What are your thoughts on Facebook and do you think President Obama was on point for his implications on “they” not using Facebook anymore?

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How to Avoid and Remove Facebook Malware

If you utilize Facebook enough, then you have probably run across some form of Facebook Malware that may infect your computer with a virus, post spam on your wall or post spam on your friends’ walls. You know, those silly posts you may see on your friends Facebook feed saying:

“oh s**t, one more really freaky video O_O
IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn Exclusive Rape Video – Black lady under attack!

Yea, that is a totally bogus message and is basically a scam to get you to click on the LINK. Don’t do it or you may be sorry.

It is all extremely annoying and there is an easy way to keep it from happening again. Cnet, one of my favorite techie places to visit for tips and tutorials like this, did a video on avoiding and removing Facebook malware. Check it out below and be sure to post your experiences below in the comments area.

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The Top 5 Facebook Hacks, Attacks and Scams You Need to Know About

facebook-security-hacks-scams-attacksLately myself, along with upwards of over 500 million people, have used Facebook and spent a bit too much time on it attempting to tweak settings so we do not become the next victim of a new Facebook scam. Little did we know, all we had to do was know about the top 5 Facebook hacks, attacks and scams so we could avoid them.

Recently I have noticed that it seems to be an abundance of scam links on Facebook not only from bogus accounts, but from my very own Facebook friends. In looking into some of these scams I have found out that the majority of them are composed of some type of enticing link or one that appears to offer a video of a woman in a bikini. Sure, I don’t mind perusing a nice looking female specimen every once in a while but not at the expense of sharing the same link with every friend I have on Facebook and compromising my personal information. Unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening in one of my top 5 Facebook hacks, attacks and scams that you need to know about.

Facebook is a great place and the only social network that connects so many people from around the world. Facebook over the course of 2 years has done wonders in improving privacy and basically giving the user more settings than the space shuttle. Every Facebook user must, however, learn about some of the most common scams and attacks usually rendered by hackers over the internet. These attacks can range from a simple link to a rogue Facebook application designed to steal personal data.

Here are the Top 5 Facebook Hacks, Attacks and Scams You Need to Know About

#1 Clickjacking: This is a process that has become very popular on Facebook where an enticing, eye-catching, too-good to be true link is posted on someone’s profile asking that you copy and paste it to your web browser or click on it to view. After doing so, the user’s Facebook wall is then populated with the same link which essentially spreads it to all of their Friends luring them to click on the same link. Ultimately, clickjacking could allow a hacker to gain access to a user’s Facebook account.

#2 Fake Questionnaires or Polls: Facebook has recently implemented a polling system that allows users to post a poll full of questions that they choose and share it with their friends. Unfortunatly there has been an onslaught of fake polls and questionnaires circulating Facebook. These fake polls sometimes redirect users to pages outside of Facebook were they can act as a Phishing site designed to steal personal information. Furthermore, these fake polls could lead to malware laden sites that offer quizzes and online games that could prove to be harmful to a PC.

#3 Fake Friend requests: Let’s face it; some people on Facebook do not have much of a life outside of their computer screen. For those who fall into this virtual trap, hackers are seeking them out by sending friend requests for the purpose of extracting data from the Facebook user. If a Facebook user’s privacy settings are set to block non-friends, then by requesting to be a friend will bypass that feature provided the user on the other end accepts the friend request. It is best to only accept friend requests from people that you actually know instead of a stranger.

#4 Fake Facebook Pages Spam: There is an abundance of fake page profiles setup on Facebook that are usually headlined with some type of feature that is not offered by Facebook such as a ‘Dislike button’ feature. These fake pages are usually created by hackers who look to steal personal information from users after they either LIKE the page or choose to ‘attend’ a page’s newly created event. .

#5 Rogue Applications: Fake Facebook apps have been a growing problem since the conception of apps on Facebook. It is already bad enough that Facebook apps have access to obtain personal information from your Facebook profile. Rogue apps takes it a step further by potentially posting bogus links to your wall or even reposting something personal about you. Anytime that a user chooses to use a Facebook app, they have to click Allow when the app requests initial permission to access information about you thus opening it up to pilfer your personal data.

What do you do to avoid Facebook attacks, scam and hacks? Will you continue to use Facebook in knowing that so much ‘bad stuff’ can happen?

The video below on how Facebook beefed up security in response to all of the daily scams circulating the largest social network in the world.

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Facebook is Testing a ‘Stalker (Subscribe to) Button’

facebook-stalker-subscribe-to-buttonEver wanted to keep close tabs on certain friends on Facebook? Well, you may be able to because Facebook is testing a ‘Subscribe to’ button that will allow users to receive alerts any time a specific ‘chosen’ friend performs certain actions over Facebook.

Basically, this new feature would allow you to ‘subscribe’ to a user and then you will be opted in to receive exclusive notifications in the notification bar (or on your mobile device) any time the chosen friend posts content to Facebook.

If you really think about this, then you will start to think things are getting a little creepy on Facebook. I can only hope there will be an opt-out function where it will not allow any of your friends to “Stalk” or subscribe to you. Last thing some people need is their boss subscribing to them on Facebook and finding out that they spend 5 hours playing around on Facebook. I wonder how a lawyer would handle the case if the person gets fired? What about restraining orders… how will that play into the mix because after-all, this would be considered “Stalking” someone don’t you think?

Would you want to use the ‘Stalker Button’ feature? Would you allow your friends on Facebook to use it on you?

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Get a Free Apple iPad, iPhone 4, $5000 Gift Card Through Facebook… Not Really!

Have you seen those offers on Facebook that offers a free Apple iPad and you tried to sign up for the offer after becoming a FAN (LIKE) the offer? I bet you are still waiting on the free iPad to arrive in the mail aren’t you? Or maybe you are like some other people that I know and you got fed-up with the numerous surveys that you had to complete before filling out your info to ‘claim’ your free iPad.

Well, you may have already guessed it by now but all of those offers are scams! Graham Cluley has an interesting video demonstrating what exactly is happening with these scams found on Facebook which I have posted below for your enjoyment and education on these scams. It is not only the free iPad offer but other ones such as a free iPhone 4 or even a chance to win $5000. They are all scams and an easy way for scammers to get your personal information or send you annoying promotions through email as spam or through regular snail mail.

The not-so funny thing about this is some researchers believe hackers will use these enticing scams to spread malware eventually. Facebook staff really cannot keep up with the number of scams that are currently circulating over the social network that now has over 500 million users. It is completely up to you to use caution with these scams. If it is too good to be true, then it usually is especially on Facebook. Even if a friend supposedly sent you the link/offer, it is possible that they too LIKED the offer and it has sent out an invite to all of their friends.

Have you ever found a legitimate online survey and actually received the prize that you claimed online? If so, please tell me so I can get in on the deal too!

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“Most Hilarious Video Ever” Malware Attack on Facebook

I have witnessed about 3 malware attacks on Facebook just in the past two months. The latest one I discovered through several online security and social sources online is called the “Most Hilarious Video Ever” malware attack that uses an enticing video link to trick you into downloading malware.

I found it to be rather interesting that these hackers are using vulgar material to get users to click on a malicious link and download a fake Flash Video Player update (FLV). Hackers know what type of material grabs your attention and what better way than offer some type of video that has flesh or is suppose to be “hilarious”? In this specific case, the FLVPro tool which is essentially a malware file and not a legitimate FLV player application. Not only does this fake Flash Player Video file compromises your Facebook account, it can change lead to phishing that steals personal information thus causing identity theft.

The video below is an excellent demonstration of Facebook’s Malware attack of the “Most Hilarious Video Ever.” It is funny alright, so funny that you might have someone using your identity to clean out your bank account.

The next time that you see such a wall post on Facebook, do yourself a huge favor and delete it at once and change your Facebook password immediately.

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Are Facebook’s New and Simplified Privacy Controls Enough?

facebook-privacy-changesMany of us would agree that Facebook’s privacy controls and settings were rather complex and in the end revealed too much private information to the world. Now with Facebook making a change Wednesday to simply and improve privacy controls it still leaves some users worried about their private data on Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, admitted that the privacy settings were complex and as a result decided to make Facebook users happy by implementing a change that includes the following.

  • One simple control – One control that sets privacy up for all friends, everyone or friends of friends.
  • The one control applies to all content now.
  • The new control plays to all new features of Facebook going forward now.
  • Granular controls are still available for the users who liked them.
  • With a simple click you can ‘set’ your privacy settings.

Facebook as also changed the Basic Directory Information. All of the ‘connection’ settings have been removed as it confused many members. This means it will be less publicly available information and you will have real privacy controls. In addition, friends will still be able to find you.

Platform sharing has also changed with the latest privacy settings overhaul. There is now an option to fully opt out for platform and instant personalization.

Facebook as provided new details and examples of these changes along with a granular permissions model. You can research this information for yourself and I have to admit, some of it is less confusing than it use to be but be rest assured, some people will still find it difficult.

What it comes down to is users taking out the time to actually ‘change’ their settings now that they have been simplified. If no action is taken, then it means a user could still be telling something that they thought was private on Facebook.

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Quit Facebook Day: Naysayers or a Mass Exodus?

quit-facebook-day-just-say-noSo you may or may not have heard about the “Quit Facebook Day” website or idea that on May 31, 2010 that a large group of people have made a commitment to delete their Facebook account for either privacy issues or concern that Facebook will over-take the world.

Okay, so Facebook now has over 400 million users. Great. But that does not give them the “power” to conquer world domination. Maybe these people are right, their personal information is plastered all over the internet. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t the internet a public area and Facebook is basically a public forum? When did people get the notion that their information posted on a “public forum” would be private?

Facebook gives you several options and different ways to manage your information. Some may not be fair choices but never-the-less, they are so kind to provide “privacy” settings. Quitting Facebook for some is like quitting smoking. It will take almost an act of congress to quit the habit. For others, they are quite fed-up about how their information is shared over the internet.

The Quit Facebook Day website has only grown to just over 4000 followers who have made the choice to quit Facebook come May 31st. Wow, 4,000 people, I am sure that’s going to worry Mark Zuckerburg to death (sarcasm here if you have not noticed already). The question comes down to this. Can you really live without Facebook? Will your friends on Facebook understand your frustration?

Facebook wants your data and they want to share it. Facebook is not like Windows. You may not like Microsoft but you probably still use their software just about every day. Same thing with Facebook. Zuckerburg can be compared to Bill Gates, both goofy Harvard frat boys. Both now have a reputation for being a ruthless businessman even though I am still not sure how Facebook is really making any money.

So, on May 31st will you join the “Quit Facebook Day” group or will you be like me and update your Facebook status wishing everyone else a happy “Quit Facebook Day”?

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Facebooks Privacy Secrets and over 170 Settings to Confuse You

facebook-addiction-syringe-1Facebook has been confronted with several privacy concerns lately and a new chart has been released to clear up any confusion someone may have in regards to their personal information on Facebook. Everyone and their mother is addicted to Facebook but who really cares about privacy? I know I do.

In an effort to help clear privacy setting issues up… a new chart has been revealed with all of the Facebook Privacy settings all laid out. After looking at the provided charts posted on the NYTimes website, it has still left me a bit concerned and scratching my head. You see, there is about 50 settings that have over 170 configurable options for privacy settings on Facebook. With that many settings I think it would be almost impossible to assured that your settings have locked down every shred of personal or identifiable information on Facebook with this many privacy setting combinations. It is almost like configuring the space shuttle for launch… images private… GO, wall private… GO, personal info private… GO, and so on.

Facebook’s Privacy Statements have increased from 1,004 words in 2005 to about 5,830 words this year in 2010. Wonder what else they had to express that took up so many words? That’s longer than the United States Constitution!

Facebook Privacy Policy word-count chart - Click for full size

Facebook Privacy Policy word-count chart - Click for full size

Check out the Facebook Privacy settings charts below. See if you become just as confused as I did.

Facebook Privacy Settings Chart - Click for full size

Facebook Privacy Settings Chart - Click for full size

Are you confused yet?

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Betty White on SNL Video: “Facebook Sounds Like A Huge Waste of Time”

Facebook vs. Phonebook, which one do you trust and which one is not a waste of time? Well, ask the ‘Golden Girl’ Betty White who at 88 years old hosted Saturday Night Live last week. It is very interesting that Betty White put so much emphasis on Facebook and how ‘popular’ it has become. In her humorous opening to the Mother’s Day special for SNL, it does raise the questions about Facebook and where it currently stands with all of the privacy concerns. If you want to get a good laugh in today, then check out the SNL opening clip below.

[sources: watching-tv-ew.com, hulu]

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