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Cyber crime is on the rise and there were two recent incidents that affected thousands.
JPMorgan Chase & Co has warned nearly 465,000 holders of prepaid cash cards that their personal info may have been accessed by hackers who attacked its network in July. Yes, way back in July.
“The cards were issued for corporations to pay employees and for government agencies to issue tax refunds, unemployment compensation and other benefits,” reports The Huffington Post.
JPMorgan announced it learned in September that its web servers used by the Ucard.Chase.com site had been compromised, fixed the problem and reported it to law enforcement. The bank is notifying the cardholders, who account for about two percent of its roughly 25 million UCard users, says bank spokesman Michael Fusco.
While the bank keeps the personal information of its customers encrypted, during the breach, personal data belonging to those customers had temporarily appeared in plain text. The bank says that “a small amount” of data was taken, but not vital personal data such as social security numbers, birth dates and email addresses. Because of this, the bank is also offering the cardholders a year of free credit-monitoring services. No funds were stolen as a result of the breach.
Of course, this it not the first time this has happened. Various banks and companies have been victims of computer breaches. “In 2007 some 41 million credit and debit card numbers from major retailers, including the owner of T.J. Maxx stores, were stolen” reports the HuffPo.
Earlier this year, U.S. prosecutors said a global cybercrime ring had stolen $45 million from banks by hacking into credit card processing firms and withdrawing money from automated teller machines in 27 countries.
In another cyber break-in, more than two million passwords for sites including Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google have been stolen and posted online, reports the BBC.
All of the compromised passwords have been put into Facebook’s password reset process. Facebook users are able to protect their accounts by activating Login Approvals and Login Notifications in their security settings.
As far as Twitter, they have also resent the passwords of the affected accounts.
Yahoo also responded. “This particular incident occurred when users’ systems were accessed through malware. It’s likely that these systems had out-of-date browsers or operating systems. We have implemented password resets on these accounts to protect our users,” a Yahoo spokesperson told HuffPost.
Facebook has done a little bit more fine tuning. It has replaced its “Hide All” button with an “Unfollow” option. Rather than just blocking the updates from people you don’t care to stay in touch with, the social network has made it easier to cut ties all together.
No more baby pictures. No more vacation snapshots. No more grammatically incorrect rants about that thing you don’t care about. But, it’s a more gentle way to unfriend someone, allowing users the option of blocking content from certain people without offending them with a full on de-friending. And the unfollowed friends won’t be be notified of their downgraded status.
“This means you are still friends, but updates from that person won’t appear in your News Feed. The goal of this change is to help people curate their newsfeed and see more of the content that they care about,” Facebook said in an email.
Facebook started rolling out the “Unfollow” button and a related change to its users last week. It has also added a “Following” button next to the usual “Like” button on a page or next to the “Friends” button on a personal timeline. This will also enable users to block posts.
Have you ever unfriended someone? Did it lead to a confrontation?
Don’t be alarmed if you see your selfie in a social media advertisement. You technically gave us permission, Facebook says.
“Although the company deleted language that said parents were implicitly consenting to ads featuring their children’s posts by letting them use Facebook, the company said it was already getting that permission when teenagers sign up to use the service,” the NY Times adds.
But Facebook argues that the very purpose of remodeling their policies is to make it more explicit and clear. “As part of a legal settlement, we agreed to further explain how we may use your name, profile picture, content and information in connection with ads or commercial content,” Facebook says. “We included an example of how these ads work and explained that when you limit your audience, we’ll respect that choice.”
Should your photos be used in advertisement, Facebook assures users that they won’t be shown to anyone beyond who you allow to see your profile. “For example, if you compliment Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte in a post that can theoretically be viewed by your Facebook friends, the coffee company can pay Facebook to broadcast that comment to all of your friends to improve the chances that they see it,” the NY Times explains.
This type of advertising is more valuable to Facebook’s sponsors because it seems genuine and sincere as opposed to a traditional advertisement. Facebook is pushing for its users to share more information — as a result, users will only see ads that interest them and conversely, advertisers can find their target audience.
What do you think of Facebook’s policies?
When you’re single and dissatisfied with love, ladies, do yourselves a favor: don’t log onto Facebook. It’s the absolute worst thing you could do.
Think about it: In your newsfeed, you face an endless stream of happy couples in love. And when you’re recovering from a devastating breakup, the last thing you want is to be bombarded with smiling couples making kissy faces, gushing statuses about date nights and baby’s firsts and wedding planning. This is the kind of cheery optimism that makes you stop and quietly wonder to yourself, “Geez, am I behind everyone else?”
When I was in college, it seemed like everyone I knew was getting “OMG #engaged!!!” Cue the countdown apps to “the big day” and rants about the typography on the invitations not being perfectly right, gushing about picking out bridesmaid dresses, and Instagram photos with the caption “Should I pick Badgley Mishka or Jimmy Choo for my bridal shoes? Help me pick, girls! ”. Ughhh.
But even more unbearable and unavoidable is an oversharer’s worst weapon — tagging. I knew one lucky bride-to-be who tagged every invited wedding guest whenever an announcement was made about her upcoming nuptials. (Needless to say, I defriended her faster than you can say “I do”.)
Zoe Strimpel would agree. She’s the author of Man Diet: One Woman’s Quest to End BadRomance and recently spoke out against Facebook at a lecture. “What [Facebook] does is it enhances the sense that your life is lacking,” she said to The Daily Mail, ”and specifically, when you are single, you focus in on all those pictures of perfect weddings, perfect babies, perfect couples.”
This isn’t exactly a revolutionary concept. It’s the ultimate and oft-written about ironic twist to Facebook: our online social networks disconnect us from our in-person social networks. And what we see online is not always reality.
Read more at YourTango.com
We’re all guilty of having stalked someone on Facebook at least once or twice because, hey, social networking is the way of the world today, right? However, there are some people out there who are seriously suffering from some major stalking disease that they need to cure ASAP! Here are 14 signs you’re a Facebook stalker.
The latest in the “You say what now?!” news: Snapchat, the social media that sends pictures and messages, then automatically deletes them, turned down a buyout offer from Facebook that insiders say was worth $3 billion. According to The Wall Street Journal‘s Digits blog, Snapchat is fielding offers from lots of investors and potential buyers, some of them valuing the company at $4 billion.
A spokesperson for the company didn’t comment on the offer, but the WSJ says the 23-year-old founder of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, is waiting until early next year when the number of users will grow and, by extension, so will the dollar value of the offers. Snapchat is two years old.
Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion last year and has recently been in the news for questions over whether teens are tired of the social site as older users join in the fun. (Facebook says this is true.) Snapchat has become more popular with the youths. And overall, the tech industry is heating up, from a business standpoint, with the recent Twitter IPO and the growing financial interest in digital companies.
It should be noted that Snapchat hasn’t yielded any revenue yet. But in June, it raised $60 million in funding. Analysts speculate that the offer from Facebook is an attempt to reach the young market that might be growing disinterested.
Have you ever used Snapchat?
From Hello Beautiful
Because these days, raping girls and bragging about it on social media has become a thing…I’ve got to report something that turns my stomach merely typing it. A group of teen boys in West Auckland, New Zealand, who call themselves The Roast Busters have been getting girls as young as 13 intoxicated, gang raping them and broadcasting it on their sick Facebook page of the same name (that has since been taken down) for two years now. What’s worse about this entire story is that New Zealand’s police say they can’t do anything about the group or their raping for leisure! Oh and police have confirmed that one of the boys is the son of a high-profile entertainer, and the other is the son of a police officer. There goes that same privilege we say in the Steubenville and Maryville rape cases.
Reports claim the police have known about this group since their start, yet no arrests have been made.Detective inspector, Bruce Scott has said that “none of the girls have been brave enough to make formal statements to us so we can take it to a prosecution stage or even consider a prosecution stage.” Even though police have investigated, collected evidence and the rapists only brag on social media, even at one point recruiting new members, police still do nothing to take these young criminals to court. Detective Scott has also said, “The reason we have not prosecuted anybody is we don’t have sufficient evidence at this stage.” Well isn’t that interesting?!
The boys, who are between the ages of 17 and 18, can be seen in their videos, driving around in what they call “The Roast Mobile.” One of the members says, “We pick them up, never drop them off, roast them…” The young man in the photo on the left, Joseph Levall Parker, has left the group.
Anonymous interviews with some of the victims have helped in getting the Roast Busters’ Facebook page shut down. “They don’t understand how I feel inside; they don’t understand how this has hurt me,” one victim says.
It’s being reported that as a result of publicity around the case, one of the young men who previously declined to cooperate presented himself at a police station early this afternoon. Another member is also being interviewed by police. At least, now there is an investigation happening and maybe, just maybe justice will be served.
Read more at HelloBeautiful.com
Before your friend runs her mouth about the new Scandal episode you missed, you can pinch her lips shut and shout, “Wait! I didn’t see it yet!” But what happens when you’re on the net? The odds of your eyes befalling onto a site that will spoil your favorite show is dangerously high! Luckily, a new Chrome app can fix that.
It’s called Unspoiler — a free application for Chrome, a web browser, that blocks any reveals from your favorite TV programs. “Once you’ve downloaded Unspoiler, click the ‘UN’ button in your toolbar and type in the words you don’t want to see–anything from ‘Olivia Pope’ to ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘New York Knicks,’” a press release states.
Before you proceed to viewing any website, Unspoiler will check for keywords that suggest a plot reveal. The app will then slap a red banner across the page saying “Warning! This may be a spoiler for [insert favorite show].” After that, once you’ve finally get around to watching Scandal or whatever guilty pleasures you love to watch, you can go back and read the banned text. After all, I’m sure you’d love to know what MadameNoire thought of the latest episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta. But not before you get to check it out for yourself.
The free Chrome app is great for Facebook and Twitter, which are breeding grounds for spoilers. Once a popular show is on, everyone flocks to social media to post and tweet their reactions and launch a nation-wide conversation. A conversation many wish they haven’t overheard — what good is watching the episode now if you already know that Olivia Pope will [insert spoiler]? (Is it Thursday yet?!)
But Unspoiler isn’t perfect — for sites like Tumblr, which mostly lists images and moving gifs, you may find that the app won’t be much help there. However, looking at the big picture, “it seems to do a pretty decent job of keeping the biggest reveals out of reach,” GeekOSystem explains.
Will you get it?
By now, almost everyone has Facebook, Twitter, Keek, Instagram, Vine, etc., so with all these social media outlets how does it fair in love? I feel like social media has taken over our lives! When you are friends with the guy or girl you are seeing, you scour their Facebook activity to see who is commenting the most on their statuses and if they are of the opposite sex; beware this may cause an issue with your new mate!
I have stayed away from having my mate on my Facebook and if they were on it before we started dating I remove them as a friend. I know most would say by my doing this I will automatically cause a trust issue for my mate, but I don’t feel that it should cause a trust issue. I am trying to prevent the jealousy issue people have when they see men comment or like my status and I have no problem showing my partner my Facebook page when we are together.
I’ve seen so many relationships end because of a comment someone made on a Facebook status. No one can control what other people put on their Facebook or Twitter. So there is no reason to get upset about every little comment! Now if your mate says something back that is discerning or flirty, then you can tell your partner you are not ok with what they put as a response.
I think social media has made things harder for people to date and married couples are now making a Facebook page with both of their names, which to me is a waste of time. Why create a new page? That is just time consuming and everyone on your Facebook should know you are married already! And if they don’t, then those people aren’t privy to your life and shouldn’t have access to it anyway.
Read more at YourTango.com
Do you use Facebook to expand your dating pool? You’re not the only one. And if you don’t, you might be missing out. Why? With Facebook there is a transparency because you can actually see potential partners’ photos, read their interactions, and extract a greater understanding of their their day to day reality.
You can even do a little investigative digging, asking mutual friends about them, analyzing photos, getting a feel for their personality based on how they interact with “friends” on their wall. Well … that’s if they are being honest and truly transparent. The danger with Facebook is that you can also create an identity for the intention of anything from getting a job, a date, or a social life (despite the reality that you sit at home feeling pretty cool about yourself for collecting a slew of “friends”).
Con artists are undoubtedly slinking around Facebook, so here’s where to spot the scammers:
Lie Alert! Relationship Status
Relationship status can be very deceptive. You can declare yourself as single, in a relationship, engaged, married, in a civil union, in a domestic partnership, in an open relationship, it’s complicated, separated, divorced, widowed — or avoid answering anything at all, the go-to for many guys who are playing the field of the free dating site that is Facebook.
Even if his status is “single,” don’t trust it. Maybe he hasn’t “gotten around” to changing his status yet. Do your digging before believing a Facebook relationship status. Check out a few photos. Or, just ask him straight up. If you trust him enough to go out on a date with him, you should be able to ask him the very simple question: “So, what’s your relationship status?” Simple.
Lie Alert! Friends
This is one of the areas that Facebook can create serious deception. You might seem to have 15 or just 2 friends in common and that automatically gives you a sense of comfort as you think “well he knows my friend from high school so he must be a good guy who I can trust.”
Not so. Fact is that you can friend request anyone and, even if they don’t know you from Adam (sorry all of you Adams out there), there is still a decent chance that you will be accepted; particularly if Facebook is used more for the purpose of business than keeping up with your true friends and family.
Read more at YourTango.com