Over 90% of Facebook users hate having photos of them posted without approval

SophosLabs: Facebook users overwhelmingly agree that it’s rude to post photos or videos of them without asking permission first. Some even think it should be illegal. Sophos has polled over 800 Facebook users, asking whether people should seek permission before posting photographs or videos online of others. Although a large majority – 83% – of polled Facebook users think it’s just common courtesy to ask permission before posting a photo or video of someone else (and a further 8% felt it should be illegal not to have received approval), some respondents believed that Facebook’s existing tagging controls allowed you to remove a picture that you didn’t want published online....

February 16, 2012 · 6 min · 1137 words · Omid Farhang

Facebook: Keeping You Safe from Scams and Spam

Facebook Security: Facebook is committed to bringing you a safe experience on the Internet, and today we are announcing several new features to help protect you while online. Partnership with Web of Trust First, we’re happy to announce a partnership with Web of Trust . Web of Trust is a free safe surfing tool that tells you which websites you can trust based on the ratings supplied by other Web of Trust community members....

May 20, 2011 · 4 min · 672 words · Omid Farhang

Facebook adds “new profiles”

Avira TechBlog: Facebook offers a “new profile” feature that many users adopt very fast. It is possible to mark the best friends and family and show them more prominently with their pictures. Also, it accumulates information like the uers’ work places, where they are living and so on. Even projects and co-workers can be shown now. This may be a useful addition for many users. But it should be used with care; in the end, this feature gives Facebook a deeper insight and more valuable data....

December 6, 2010 · 1 min · 156 words · Omid Farhang

Google bars data from Facebook as rivalry heats up

Reuters: Google Inc will begin blocking Facebook and other Web services from accessing its users’ information, highlighting an intensifying rivalry between the two Internet giants. Google will no longer let other services automatically import its users’ email contact data for their own purposes, unless the information flows both ways. It accused Facebook in particular of siphoning up Google contact data, without allowing for the automatic import and export of Facebook users’ information....

November 7, 2010 · 4 min · 679 words · Omid Farhang

Facebook touts encryption as solution to security flaw

Facebook has proposed a solution to a recent security flaw that allowed apps to transmit personal data that involves encrypting the relevant string of numbers, according to a post on its Developer Blog on Thursday. The new set of parameters would allow developers to apply encryption within the next few weeks, preventing data that identifies application users from leaking to places it shouldn’t be. Facebook’s security flaw works something like this: when a Facebook user loads a particular kind of application (one that uses iframes) and authorizes the application to access their profile, the URL of the iframe then carries the user’s UID, a number that can link the account to actions on other websites....

October 22, 2010 · 2 min · 268 words · Omid Farhang

Zynga sued in privacy breach controversy

218 million “class members” probably won’t settle for Farmville dollar A suit has been filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on behalf of a Minnesota woman charging game maker Zynga with leaking the personal information of 218 million Facebook members in violation of federal law. The suit seeks class action status. The action follows by three days an investigative story by The Wall Street Journal that found a large number of Facebook’s apps – including Zynga games such as Farmville and Mafia Wars – leaked the user IDs of Facebook players and their friends to outside companies....

October 22, 2010 · 2 min · 394 words · Omid Farhang

Facebook Privacy Issues – again

Media report about a new privacy leak on Facebook which has been found just recently. It is possible to find out with which persons someone is in contact with – therefore one just has to create a fake account using a known email address of the person to spy upon. Facebook doesn’t verify whether the address is real so the new account can already be used. Up to 20 contacts are visible according to the reports....

October 18, 2010 · 1 min · 170 words · Omid Farhang