Here’s a website that shows the growing profiles of Facebook. You can click to zoom and see every profile.
So a couple of friends told me there was nothing wrong with their computers…. I asked if I could scan them because I just wanted to see what was on them…
Malware today can be removed using SuperAntiSpyware Portable, A-Squared, and other utilities such as Malwarebytes. You may be infected and not even know it.
What is the order to remove viruses and malware? It varies. Start here-
- Start the computer in Safe Mode (Press F8 when starting it)
- Run MSConfig and Unselect all Startup items
- Run CCleaner, DiskMax or FCleaner (Make sure you erase any *.tmp files)
- Run RKill (only if necessary)
- Run Stinger
- Run SuperAntispyware Portable
- Run Malwarebytes
- Run A-Squared
- Run A-Squared Portable
- Run NoVirusThanks
- Boot into regular mode
- Run SuperAntispyware Portable
- Run Malwarebytes
- Run A-Squared
- Run MV-RegClean
- Run NoVirusThanks
- Defrag your computer.
- Reenable your antivirus and other startup items that you know are safe.
- Check your internet options and uncheck proxy settings under connections.
- Change passwords on websites if you had anything on your computer.
BE PATIENT let the scan finish in each one of the above programs. The programs may find something the others didn’t. LET IT FINISH!
With more than half a billion users around the world, Facebook has altered our everyday lives for better or worse, and in ways we may not even recognize. Correspondent Lester Holt explores the real story behind the $50 billion dollar social network juggernaut.
Catch this video on CNBC
In my opinion, we should slow down, ignore our devices and make human contact and balance technology and our lives.
PCWorld has reported that a cross-browser worm may be for sale in forums and on the net for as little as a $1000. They go on to report that it may capable of infecting Windows, Apple and Linux based browsers. Currently anti-virus programs may not be able to detect this worm. Read More
So.cl (Social) is Microsoft’s look into the world of going social on the web. It was mistakenly published and seems to have been a research project that is now gaining steam.
If you have left MySpace and feel crowded with the other 901 million people on Facebook, then soon, very soon you can get into SO.CL. But is it for you? If Google+ just didn’t work out and circles became confusing and no one jumped ship at Facebook, it may be different. How? You see, So.cl is apparently a combination of social searching that allows you to interact with your social sites on a different level or to use video chat with friends. So.cl would allow users to collaborate information and to interact like never before.
So is Microsoft stepping up to Facebook? No. Will we see more and more sites step up to Facebook? Yes. Will they win the title of the #1 Social site? It would be tough. How tough?
With 901 million people on Facebook (let’s move their stuff)-
- If 1 million people left daily, it would take 2.5 years
- With >100 billion photos on Facebook, it would take around 273 years at 1 million photos per day
At Socl, you can sign in with Windows Live or even sign in with your Facebook account. So what is So.cl really? It is an experiment in open search that can (if you want it to) post information and share information in your stream on Facebook. I see it being used as a window to Facebook for students and people doing research.
Want to see the apps you have given permission to? Apps that may have permission to access your profile, contacts, and apps that may be violating your privacy? You only have to click two links to help with your privacy.
An opinion ~
Why I don’t join apps or invitations… Are you folks reading this? Take a second and READ what they tell you they can do on your behalf…it is like having a power of attorney?
Dawn posted an excellent link on Facebook to clean your apps. MyPermissions is an excellent website to control your social sites. Apps often take personal information and can expose your privacy. You can use this site to control who is getting what information by editing or deleting any apps you may have given permission to.
This site provides a deeper setting in Facebook and allows you to remove or control apps that control your information and privacy. -For example one of the classmate type apps sees and uses your pictures, status updates and other personal information. You can clean your permissions by using this service…free and no signup. Sign in to Facebook and then open this link (click below). Next click the Facebook logo. This will redirect you to Facebook to your app settings in an easy to use format.
You can also clean up other applications twitter, Google, Yahoo and other sites.
On Facebook? Watch what you click and don’t fall for scams. Recently I saw Facebook Security had posted to my wall. But I knew a friend was hacked. How? When you use Facebook, you will see associated friends in the top right corner. In fact Facebook Security and I had 24 mutual friends. So I knew instantly.
If you see an email or a name on your wall that says Facebook Security, hover your mouse DON’T CLICK on the name Facebook Security (this is the fake name they will be using and not just in email). If you look in the lower left corner of your screen you will see your real friend’s name that has been hacked. Call them and let them know. Do NOT Communicate with them on Facebook! You can be talking to the hacker…
Here’s some rules and tips!
- Don’t list your phone number and personal information
- Don’t take pictures of valuables (they may be in the background of your pictures)
- Don’t announce vacations or trips
- Don’t check in at coffee shops, theaters, or other places (you are telling whoever that you are not home)
- Set your profile to private
- Don’t leave your account logged on
- Don’t accept anyone as a friend
- Don’t post pictures that may embarrass you later
- Don’t give information about what school you attend or the hours (limit the information)
- Don’t let your license plate appear in pictures
- Only let true friends post to your wall (limit it under privacy settings)
- Don’t post questionable materials or other articles that may be considered offensive (use common sense)
- Keep your antivirus up-to-date
- Don’t click on any link you don’t know where it goes -including tagged pictures
- Use a complex password
- Don’t vent your feelings on Facebook
- Don’t allow public search engines to index you (under privacy settings)
- Use two part authentication
- Don’t talk about work unless it is positive and public information
- Avoid games that may be from a malicious programmer – games that ask about favorite characters or quiz you and reveal information about you
There are tons of other privacy items you have to worry about. Think about it this way. You meet someone in the mall and you have never met them before. Do you give them all of your information? Are they your friend after one meeting? Would you give them your cell number?
Do you have a tip?
The REAL Facebook Security
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National Cyber Security Awareness Month
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With the live feed of comments and having all of your friends subscribed to you, every like or comment is bouncing through your Facebook and on other friends’ pages. You can go through one by one after clicking on the link below and slowly work your way down from friend to friend and slowly uncheck likes and comments.
So with larger pictures and a live feed, many users are complaining about bandwidth. Where I live (rural) we only have 1 meg down. Even friends with 3 and 6 meg down, are reporting extreme hesitations and latency problems. A simple solution for Facebook programmers. Options to view thumbnails only on picture postings and a simple enable or disable for the live feed. Problem solved.
Some links that may be helpful -
Known Issues (Lost photos, login problems, etc.)