In their hunt for market dominance, social networks Facebook, Google Buzz, and Microsoft Live are redefining what social means and in the process, straining the bounds of personal privacy.
Facebook, the big daddy of these three, has made quiet changes to its privacy settings, ones that members need to understand if they are going to manage the distribution of their personal information.
I find Facebook useful, mostly as a way to stay in touch with a select set of my friends and former co-workers. It’s not my public soapbox nor a window into my personal life, left open to the world for that, I have blogs and Twitter.
As much as I like Facebook, it has a flaw that I’ll never see in my blogs and hopefully never see with Twitter. It seems the proprietors of Facebook find it necessary, desirable, or profitable to change member privacy settings, usually with little notice to members. In every case I can think of, privacy settings have become more relaxed more open, if you will. More »
1. Delete items from address bar history
While it’s very handy to have your recently visited pages autocompleted as you type, it’s not always desirable. Go to the address bar (Ctrl-L), start typing an address, and the drop-down menu will appear with the URLs of pages you’ve visited. You can highlight and delete these at will, for maximum privacy.
2. Protect your PC from malware
3. Speedily search for images
Browse Google images and your results are split into blocks of 21. But use CoolIris and you’ll get all your results displayed on a 3D photo wall, a much faster and easier way to find the images you need. It only works with some sites, unfortunately, but as these include Google, Flickr, Picasa, Yahoo, Photobucket, Facebook and MySpace then you’ll still have plenty to browse. Especially as it searches and displays YouTube videos, too. Give it a try. More »
A new Facebook application brings the popular social networking service back in the spotlight, as it attempts to take users on a dangerous website and deploy malicious files on their computers. ‘Secret Crush’ is a Facebook application claiming that it is able to disclose the friend’s name that has a “secret crush” for a certain registered member. The application requires Facebook members to invite five other friends to use it, but instead of revealing the secret admirer, ‘Secret Crush’ takes the users to a malicious website attempting to drop an infection.
One of the infections has been identified as MyWebSearch, a computer threat that displays unwanted pop-up adverts on all the affected computers. More »