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Facebook Faces Privacy Failures and Backfires

facebook-privacy-issuesI use to think that Twitter had all lot of privacy issues but lately it seems Facebook has become king of privacy backfires.

If you use Facebook’s chat feature then you may have noticed that today it was down due to maintenance. Well, I had to find out what was going on because I like to chat with my geeky partners via facebook chat from time-to-time and low-and-behold, Facebook was fixing a security hole that allowed others to view pending friend requests and chat history of friends.

A few sources including TechCrunch posted this issue today along with a demonstration video below. Among other security issues that Facebook has had blow up in their face lately, are issues that lets people view others events that they are attending via Facebook’s Graph API. That’s right, any old Joe Schmo could go to http://zesty.ca/facebook/ and search for anyone and view upcoming events that a specific person has accepted to attend.

As more and more people join Facebook, currently over 400 million members, they will start to find other security holes. Remember, nothing online is full-proof. There is always a way for a hacker, or your friend, to get a-hold of personal information. If you post it online, then you better be sure that you do not mind sharing it with the world.

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How to Completely Disable UAC Popup Notifications In Windows 7

Do you ever get sick of those annoying User Account Control (UAC) popup alerts that display on your screen every time you attempt to install an application or make setting change on your computer? I know when I “upgraded” from Windows XP on one of my PCs it annoyed the heck out of me. There is a simple hack that you can perform to disable these UAC notifications in Windows 7. I call it hack because this is not something that is suggested or recommended by Microsoft due to potential security issues on your system.

In order to completely disable the UAC feature in Windows 7 to prevent the popup notifications when installing a program or making changes to Windows settings, simply follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the Start Menu and select Control Panel and then double click the User Accounts icon.
    Windows 7 control panel user accounts settings
  2. Find the text “Change User Account Control settings” and click on it.
    change windows 7 uac settings
  3. A new window will popup up for adjusting the UAC or User Account Control Settings.
  4. Adjust the slider all the way to the bottom in the “Never notify” position.
    adjust uac settings slider to never notify
  5. Click OK.
  6. You will get a notification in your task bar stating that you must restart for the changes to take place.
  7. Restart your computer.

This will have completely disabled the User Account Control notifications. Once again, this hack is not recommended to perform as it can be a security risk. Perform at your own risk.

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