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…]
YouTube has been a popular video sharing site since 2005. We can upload, share and view videos when we are connected to the internet. What do we do to view your favorite videos when we are not connected to the internet? YouTube does not provide a direct option to download the videos. But there are many other applications or browser plug-ins we could use to download the videos and it view it offline. Mostly when we download the videos it will as a .flv file. Its nothing but a Flash Video. So you might need a Flash Player to play the videos or you may need to convert it into other formats. [Read more…]
How many of you think twice before posting things on Social Networking sites? We post photos, personal thoughts, our whereabouts and much more things on social networking sites… But are we really comfortable about it when we realize that there are many people whom we don’t know personally or people whom we may not be so comfortable with or even who may take advantage of what has been posted? [Read more…]
- Change your passwords regularly, at least twice in a year.
- Never share your password with anyone. If you have shared your password with anyone, then change your password at the earliest.
- Make sure that your password is a combination of numbers, characters (both capital letter/uppercase and lowercase/small letters) and special characters increase the strength of your password.
I want to be more secure
- It is always better to use a different password for each of your online accounts. Use different password management utilities like the PasswordSafe to store your password( Refer to our previous article on password managers ).
- Remember to uncheck/deselect the ‘remember me’ option when you are using a public or shared computer to access your online account
- Use private browsing while dealing with sensitive accounts (Refer to our article on private browsing.)
- Try using addon’s like WOT to get alerts in case your are reaching a bad site. This addon shows you which websites you can trust for safe surfing, shopping and searching on the web.
Watch out for hidden threats
- Never click on suspicious links
There are a huge number of spam messages floating around in the internet. These messages would have attractive text which is purposely put to attract you to click on the links/pictures. It is possible that these messages could be from your friends email/online account in case their online accounts are hacked.
- Beware of Phishing Sites
Phishing is an online attempt to trick the user for getting his/her account credentials by presenting a webpage to the user and making him believe that it is the original website. Visibly the fraud website would look exactly like the original site. The URL from a fraudster could look similar to the original one (e.g. https://mail.google.com.abcd.com/, here the actual domain is abcd.com, which is used by the fraudster).
So next time don’t think that https:// before a url alone would protect you. Always make sure of the website address in the address bar of your browser before entering your user name and password. The domain name of the website (e.g. google.com) you are trying to view should always be before the last “.com” (or “.net” or “.co.in”, or whatever top level domain they use).
Follow these tips and keep your online identity secure. Read more about taking back your lost online account in our upcoming post.
Extended Authentication (XAuth) makes social sharing easier by automating the way users share the content on various social networks. XAuth was an initiative by Meebo. When you log in to social networks like Google, Microsoft, MySpace, Yahoo! and others, these services notify xAuth.org that you have an active session with the service. When you visit a website, which is xAuth enabled, XAuth will ping all the partipating social networks to see if your session is still active. If any of these services are being used, you can authenticate directly from the publisher’s website and share the content to your social network. It is similar to Facebook Connect, but it is meant for every social network.
Picasa Web Albums have increased the number of Albums you can have, from 1000 to 10,000. It is aiming at being a prime place where you can keep all your digital photos. The free storage space remains the same of 1GB per user account but you can upgrade it at an reasonable rate.
Evan Tsang and Tammy McLeod, Software Engineers at Google said “We want Picasa Web Albums to be a place you can share and store all your digital photos, regardless of how many you have. We recently made extra storage really affordable, but until now, Picasa Web accounts have been limited to a maximum of 1,000 albums. We heard that you needed more room, and because we want you to keep sharing your photos and posting them to Buzz, we’ve worked hard to now raise this limit to 10,000 albums.”
The default view would only show a 100 albums. You can option to view more albums or all albums.
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…]