Privacy is being a major concern when our social life on the web is increasing rapidly. Any information about us that is displayed on the web, will be available to anyone, if it not properly secured. And this information can be handled by malicious users and it could work against us. [Read more…]
You may have never noticed the list of applications that your Facebook profile is connected to. It might be a friendly application suggestion from your friend which prompted you to try out a particular application . But did you think about the privacy concerns that would be associated? Well many of the application and the application developers get access to a large part of your personal details. So revisit the applications that you may have trusted out of impulsiveness and remove any unwanted ones. Here are the steps to do that.
Go to account and select Privacy Settings
In your Privacy Settings Page on the bottom left side you can find Applications and Websites. Click on Edit your settings below the heading to reach the settings page for Applications, Games and Websites.
In the settings page for Applications, Games and Websites, select “Remove unwanted or spammy applications”.
On the “Applications you use” page edit settings for the application that you want to remove and select “Remove Application”
Viola!! you have got it done. From now onwards always check what any application would access from your personal profile before you accept any application request from your friend or relative.
Cookies are a piece of information stored by the user’s web browser on the user’s computer. It could be used to authenticate, track or maintain some specific information or even store site preferences. There are 2 kinds of cookies
- Session Cookies – It exists as long as you browse a website and expires when you leave the site.
- Persistent Cookies – It is stored on the computer for a longer period maybe months or even years or you could specify how long you want them.
Most websites use the cookies to track your personal information. [Read more…]
With all the privacy issues that Google Buzz had faced initially, it is once again trying to revamp the privacy concerns, giving the users the control over the privacy. Initially the Google Buzz users were automatically following the people whom they used to email and chat with most frequently. But now Buzz suggests people whom they could follow. [Read more…]
There is a phishing attempt on Twitter which is spreading via Direct Messages. It tries to get your usernames and passwords using a Direct Message saying “You’re on Here?” or “someone posted on their blog about you” and these messages are followed by a link. Once you click on the links, it might direct you to another page, which may ask you for your login credentials. If you enter your credentials, your account may be compromised.
Do not click on such links or Enter your login credentials.
Twitter had recently created http://twt.tl as a URL Shortener to protect users from malicious sites. So if the link appears to be a potentially harmful one as per twitter, it can be re-routed to a warning page. Even though twitter does it, it is better to be careful NOT to click on suspicious links and save your accounts from being compromised!
With the social networking sites being so popular, privacy is at stake if you don’t give proper attention. Here are a few things that could be done to make Facebook more secure.
Know who your friend is
Its always better to know who are there in your friends list. When you get friend requests, be careful not to approve any request, make sure it is from your friend and then approve it. You can group your friends into various lists like they have on orkut. Acquaintances, Friends, Family and Foe 😉 Once you group your friends its easier to decide which group has to view your posts, photos and the lot.
Photos – Everybody loves watching them
You can decide which group of friends should see your photos. You can decide that the photos of some family event need to be seen only by your family members, the photos of your friend’s party can be seen only by your friends group and so on… For this you need to access the Privacy setting. In the main Facebook page, there is a menu “Account”. Click on that and we can see “Privacy Settings”. [Read more…]