Thursday, 12 April 2012

Are Facebook Privacy Disclosures Sufficient to Satisfy Users' Concerns?

Facebook has been under intense criticism since last few months regarding privacy concerns all around the globe. Everyone is taking it quite seriously. And things are changing quite rapidly regarding company's control of user data and disclosure policies.

There is a general sentiment about this social platform everywhere - people love it. But they have also started to get scared of it. Rightfully so! They have every reason to love it. And they have every reason to be afraid of it.

Facebook Privacy: Image Courtesy of Mashable

Facebook today resembles a friendly ghost!

You know that it is your friend today. But you don't know when and how it will hurt you tomorrow. And you will not be able to do a single thing against a ghost who safeguards all your secrets and history.

According to a recent New York times report,

"The archive Facebook published two years ago gave users a copy of their photos, posts, messages, list of friends and chat conversations. The new version, Facebook said, includes previous user names, friend requests and the Internet protocol addresses of the computers that users have logged in from. More categories of information will be made available in the future, Facebook said."
So your ghost friend has been tracking you all the way along?What can you do when you have made a deal with the devil?

“We welcome that Facebook users are now getting more access to their data, but Facebook is still not in line with the European Data Protection Law,” said Mr. Schrems, a student at the University of Vienna. “With the changes, Facebook will only offer access to 39 data categories, while it is holding at least 84 such data categories about every user.”

But there is a slight problem. I do not mind having a ghost friend traveling and tracking me. I only hate it lying to me.

Here is another excerpt from the report:

"In 2011, Mr. Schrems (a student at German law student) requested his own data from Facebook and received files with information in 57 categories. The disclosure, Mr. Schrems said, showed that Facebook was keeping information he had previously deleted from the Web site, and was also storing information on his whereabouts, gleaned from his computer’s I.P. address."

In the end, decision still remains yours. Either you keep dragging yourself with the dangers of being played by your ghost friend or you simply avoid it by saying Goodbye.

Read more about the New York Times report on Facebook privacy

Saturday, 17 March 2012

What is Internet Security and Why it is Important for You to Know About it?

Internet security is a key phenomenon in modern day highly interlinked world. World's top organizations invest billions of dollars annually to protect their networks from malicious users and unauthorized access from around the globe. But with the increase of privacy issues with the advancements in today's internet, everyone, rather than techies need to have a basic knowledge about the concept so that you do not end up in loosing your personal information and important assets to someone you are not very much fond of.

Internet Security

Wikipedia states as follows with reference to this concept:

Internet security is a branch of computer security specifically related to the Internet. Its objective is to establish rules and measures to use against attacks over the Internet.

Now, thinking about for a minute, you will understand the value of knowing a little bit about this phenomenon in your own general networked environment as you must would have heard about people loosing their hotmail accounts, facebook ids, twitter passwords to hackers. Why? Simply because of their lack of knowledge of taking key steps of securing their computers or devices regarding internet usage. After all internet is the grand dady of all networks - a huge network of networks. And everyone else is in the network along with you. Therefore, you need to take steps to handle issues regarding your own safety.

Read about very basic steps to how to break into a network through the following guide. You will find simple methods to hack into sessions and steal passwords (do not start impressing anyone as these tips are only of basic nature and include more information to increase your knowledge).

Internet Security and Your Own Privacy

If you are not actually interested in knowing in detail about the topic but want to know about the basic steps to tackle the problem, here is a simple set of tips:

1- Make sure you use an updated antivirus software
2- There is nothing bad about using internet security suits.
3- Try to avoid browser toolbars
4- Malware removal tool should be a must as well
5- Never leave your sessions without logging out of any service
6- Wi-fis are dangerous. Make sure you password protect your networks.