One of the discussions I’ve been having ever since CENTCOM’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked by ISIS supporters is whether or not agencies like U.S. Central Command should even be on social media
The short answer is, obviously, yes. At least it’s obvious to me.
Like any innovation, social media is not without risks. Depending on what you use, it’s a public or semi-public platform. Whatever you post will be seen by more people than you intended — this is a given. So you always post as if the world is your audience.
These are easy and evident truths.
What isn’t so obvious is if being on social media offers real benefit to organizations and companies. Recently, I went on CNBC to talk about this subject and the host asked me what were the actual benefits of social media. I was so surprised by the question that, initially, I asked him if he wanted to know about the risks or benefits. For the sake of argument, let’s start with the former. Read more...More about Hacking, Security, Cyber Security, Business, and Marketing
Facebook updated its privacy policies on Thursday, but the real change came in the form of the site using basic language so people can better understand how everything works
The company introduced a page called Privacy Basics, which tells users how to manage settings — including photo tags and what others can see about you — that's not just for friends, but also advertisers.
The page is colorful and uses easy-to-decipher verbiage ("How can I stop someone who's bothering me?"), instead of forcing users to weed through buried tools to find what they're really looking for. It is available in 36 languages Read more...More about Mobile, Facebook, Security, Privacy, and Policy
With half of its overall traffic now on mobile, Facebook is putting more time and resources into to making sure its main app isn't as buggy for users as it was in the past
According to the company, its New York-based team of mobile engineers have been able to cut the crash rate on iOS by 50% over the past several weeks after catching a long-term bug that was messing with the app.
The announcement comes as the company is forcing users to download a standalone Facebook Messenger app, removing the ability to send messages to friends and family within its existing app. (This has been a sore subject for many.) Read more...More about Facebook, Apps, Security, Tech, and Apps Software
One of the oldest Facebook scams is back — again.
The color change scam tricks users into downloading malware via a site that claims to let users change the colors of their Facebook profile.
The latest iteration of the scam has already affected more than 10,000 people around the world, according to Cheetah Mobile, a Chinese Internet company that highlighted the most recent appearance of the scam in its blog.
The malware begins by advertising an app that tells Facebook users they can change the color theme of their profile. Download the app and you're directed to a malicious phishing site, according to Cheetah Mobile's security researchers. Read more...More about Facebook, Security, Social Media, and Facebook Scams