Twitter Spy

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At least, they are honest about it. The busy little birds in Twitter have informed us about their decision to check out every now and then what is going on our devices. For what is worth, they will collect data about the apps we use on our smartphones, but not about what is inside them. Do you believe them?

All of these, for the advertising purposes. Is this disappointing or simply inevitable? Does it change a thing to be aware about it? Allegedly, we are given a fair choice to disable this option. Do you buy it? Honestly? Maybe, we should check what other IT guys are doing in this field. Can it change something?

Not machines, but the ads will rule our world. And, unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about it, for real. Yet, there is a comfort from the least expected source, such as the NSA. With nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about. As simple as that. Forget about privacy that is the simplest thing you can do.

Or, forget about your apps. There is no win-win situation in this case. There are only ads-ads situations. There is only the ads’ way, or the highway. We sure hope we will not end up living in caves. On the second thought, maybe the caves live is not such a bad idea. You want to live a healthy life. Here is your chance.

Golden Rules And Cyber Fools

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Privacy and social networks simply do not go hand in hand. Does it really have to be this way? Well, it depends on you. At this dark hour for our privacy, it would be nice to remind ourselves of a timeless classic in this field. According to the NSA golden rule, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about.

As simple and as complicated as that. On the other side, here is one more goldie just for you. There is no such a thing as privacy on social networks. The man, who invented the Facebook, said that. If you want to keep something a secret absolutely and permanently, you have no other choice than to keep silent.

So, what are we supposed to do? Use the social networks to suit you the best. However, do not forget that everything and anything on these networks come at a certain price. It is up to you, whether or not a certain social network will become a social spider’s web for you. Maybe you are a spider itself.

Yet, you just do not know it. Either way, it is the social networks’ way or the highway. We have a choice, to use them or find some other way of communicating and making new friends. Is this a true choice, in the first place? Or, you can create a new social network of your own. Maybe you can change the world.

Dial F For Murder

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Can you believe that there is such a thing as a Facebook murder? This is not a game. Pay close attention. We are not talking about a situation when someone kills his own profile or remove a person from a friend’s list. Oh no, real murders with a link in the virtual world are our primary concern here.

For the UK police Facebook is a serious and respectable partner in crime against the crime itself. For what is worth, top crime experts are making the profiles of the most dangerous potential murders on Facebook. You do not have to be a police expert to figure out yourself that all comes down to the proper prevention.

On the other side, we do not want you to get a wrong impression that Facebook is to blame for some of these unwanted things. The people with bad intentions will always find a way to materialize their malicious desires. In this sense, the criminals are no different than the ordinary users on Facebook.

There is an important moral of this story. Do not leave an open door for the trouble on Facebook. The last thing we need is to turn ourselves into an easy prey for the Facebook predators. Who knows, you may stumble across a cyber troll, or even worse a truly dangerous man with an innocent profile.

I Am The Moderator!

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So, how do you think the system works? We are talking about the immense content sea of the social networks. You think that you have seen it all, don’t you? You take the situation on the modern social networks for granted. You do not like what you see. Well, without moderators that would have been a living hell.

According to some very reliable urban legends and unreliable rumors there is an entire army of literally hundreds of thousands of social network moderators out there. Most of them are freelancers from the third world countries. For a couple of hundreds of dollars per month you get the top class human filter.

Thanks to these busy little bees we have a unique chance to enjoy ourselves in the cleaned version. Do not you even dare to ask what had to be eliminated during the process itself. All for your pleasure and convenience. Why? Because the good old Facebook does not want to upset its users too much.

If so, how come we do not have hundreds of thousands of cyber security moderators? Well, that is more costly. In addition, from the provider’s point of view, this is a completely different thing. The one he is ready to pay for, only when something bad happens. Poor busy little bees, they fly only in one direction.

Chloe’s Law

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Does it really have to be this way? Do we really have to suffer from something malicious in its nature, before we finally act in order to protect the future victims? Unfortunately, the cyber world follows the footsteps of the real world, it should not have. We had to see Chloe’s suffering in the cyber world, first.

And then, to do something about it in the real one. Now, you will think twice before you make any threats on Twitter or Facebook, or anywhere else on the Internet. Instead of six months you are very likely to spend up to two years for these cyber crimes in the UK. Even if no harm is to follow eventually.

Is this fair? If you are asking yourself this kind of a question, then Chloe a famous UK model who faced rape threats on Twitter can help you with that. The days when you could publish all kinds of things that come across your mind online are long gone. Every threat hurts, whether it is a real or cyber one in its nature.

We sure hope that one day we will be able to witness the namless laws, which will have nothing more than a series of simple meaningless letters and numbers. The day when we see that there are no names associated with the new laws will be the day when no victims will be required for their birth.

El Hacker Dorado

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Here comes the bringer of bad cyber news. The permamemtly and incurably pessimistic Kaspersky Lab. So, what have we on the cyber trouble menu this time? The trouble with the curve in this matter is always related to the notorious so-called human factor. Let us see what is happening on social networks.

Especially, if you are accessing them on your mobile phones. For the newbie hackers this is a golden opportunity. You simply cannot believe how reckless the users can be on the social networks, while using their accounts on the smartphones. If you want to find something out, just ask and you will get it.

There are so many useful information leftovers all over the social networks that all you have to have is a little bit of patience and a detailed approach in order to make a use of it. In addition, the mobile social networks are such a nice cyber place for the malicious phishing activities. Is this enough?

Unless we change something about our cyber habits, there is no software in the world to save our privacy or a credit card. We have proven it one more time that bad habits online inevitably gave birth to the serious offline troubles. It is about time for us to do something serious and effective in this field.

Dr. Offline And Mr. Online

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The immortal story about Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde just got itself an additional chapter. This phenomenon has become so much obvious that we cannot ignore it. Not any more. It seems that some people go through a complete transformation once they get online. Why? What is happening with them?

It turns out that the Internet and especially the social networks bring the worst in some of us. In addition, some people cannot recognize themselves once they evaluate their previous online behavior. Now you see that the analogy with the Dr Jekyll and Mr Story story is definitely not an exaggeration.

From the cyber security point of view, this can cause so many serious problems. The cyber villains are your friendly neighbors in the real life. There is no way you can guess what they have done, said or suggested in their online mode. It is just like you are chasing two completely different guys, one good and one evil twin.

So, why should we worry about what someone does in the cyper space? Well, it is only a matter of time before someone gets confused about the real and cyber life. Who will prevail? The good offline or the bad online person? What if the online mode of behavior becomes the dominant offline mode?

Facebook Inaugural Internet Defense Award

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Finally, someone has realized that there is no such a thing as a bad investment in IT security. Finally, some positive news from the Facebook’s kitchen after the troubling series of events associated with the privacy controversies. This is what we need. A little bit of both to improve our IT security.

We need contests with prizes and bug bounty programs with awards. Facebook has generously awarded two German researchers with $50K for their paper “Static Detection of Second-Order Vulnerabilities in Web Applications.” The great thing about this news is that Facebook is willing to go to the next level.

The logic with this is quite a simple one. If we can detect these extremely important vulnerabilities, the next thing to do is to find a way to eliminate them successfully. Facebook is looking forward to seeing some additional research in this field. It will also invest some money for it, as well.

It comes without saying that is better to invest time and money in these kinds of IT security researchers, rather than to spy on your own users including all kinds of secret experiments, which threaten our privacy. Our hats off to Facebook for this one. We sure hope this is only the beginning.

Tweet Me Silently

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How many friends you have on Twitter, who simply have to tweet about every single thing that happens in their lives? We do not even have to try to guess, too many already. So, what can you do about it? According to one of the most recent rumors, Twitter is already experimenting with a new option, which will allow you to “turn off” updates when it comes to the most annoying tweet-maniacs.

How it is supposed to work? Well, you do not have to worry, this feature will not end up your “virtual friendship”. In fact, it will improve your relationship by not showing you all countless and absolutely meaningless updates of what are your friends up to from minute to minute. In this way you will allow your Twitter account to run in a “silent” regime without your friends knowing about it.

There is only one drawback when it comes to this highly anticipated feature. It is still in the experimental phase. And, you know how it goes with Twitter, don’t you? They like to experiment, but they also like to keep some of the “inventions” only for themselves. On the other side, we hope that improving our user’s experience will be too much an imperative to ignore in this matter.

Is this a way to cheat on our friends or just an elegant choice to preserve our nerves? Well, it is entirely up to you. Maybe, you should block the most annoying friends, who are literally dying for some attention, or stop using Twitter in the first place. It is and will always be your choice, at the end. Even the Twitter itself cannot help you with this one.

True Facebook Likes

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It seems that the days when you had to like something on Facebook for the purpose of liking itself are long gone. Facebook is pretty much determined to improve its News Feed at all costs. Even if it has to mean sanctioning the accounts, which ask for you to like their posts or pictures directly or in an implicit way.

It is more than obvious what are the true intentions of these “unethical favors” on Facebook. In this way some posts or pictures, gain more social media awareness and sharing percentage much more than they are deserving under the “normal” circumstances. Let us say this is something similar to some Facebook users’ efforts to tell with a certainty who are they real and virtual Facebook friends.

For what is worth, we have to say that this is easier to be said than actually done. Anti “spam like” action on Facebook will have to be extremely thoughtful and careful. The last thing we need is to see some “collateral” damage on Facebook in this matter. Who can say with an absolute certainty which likes are a part of real or “cosmetic” activities on Facebook?

Well, we have to say that this effort deserves some real respect. On the other side, we have to ask ourselves how far will Facebook actually dare to go in its pursuit of the real truth. How about one more “painful” area on Facebook? Can they do something about the fake profiles? Or, maybe they like to impress us with the stunning numbers of their users. Can we like this?