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Facebook today announced a revamp of its user privacy controls, responding to widespread public criticism following its f8 conference product launches with systematic changes that it said came out of weeks of nights-and-weekend work by its top engineers and designers. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called the release a “modern privacy system” that reflects what the site has become and incorporates feedback from users. “We made a lot of changes at the same time, and a lot of what we were trying to do we didn’t communicate that well,” said Zuckerberg. He acknowledged users felt there were so many controls that they were overwhelmed and didn’t feel comfortable sharing.
To some users and tech writers , it appears Facebook won’t let anything stand in the way of its quest for World Wide Web domination. Maybe not even its users’ privacy. As most Facebook users already know, the social networking site has yet again updated its privacy settings.
Adam Rosenberg is the Online Community Manager at Salsa Labs . Most recently, he was the New Media Manager at the Center for Democracy & Technology where his work focused on Internet privacy, data protection, cybersecurity and open government issues. The latest changes to Facebook have seen their fair share of criticism, with many users examining more closely the definition of “public vs. private.” Some users have been turned off enough by Facebook's envelope pushing when it comes to privacy to go so far as to contemplate a mass Facebook exodus .
We reported yesterday that Facebook is aiming to get people to be more public on the site and that anyone who hasn't changed their privacy settings will now see it "recommended" that their status updates, photos etc. be exposed to the whole web.
One of the most anticipated days in the history of social networking site Facebook has finally come: the company announced today that it has begun making status messages, photos and videos visible to the public at large by default instead of being visible only to a user's approved friends. UPDATE: After we wrote this post, Facebook HQ emailed to tell us that the first wave of users who get this feature will have their messages made public by default because their profiles were already marked as public, but that when they open the feature up to subsequent users - those users will have default privacy settings that match their pre-existing profile privacy settings.
Alison Driscoll is an interactive copywriter and social media consultant who specializes in . She authors a blog at alisondriscoll.com . provides users with the opportunity to share just about everything: photos, links, videos, virtual gifts and random musings in the form of status updates. Under the guise of “being social” and “maintaining transparency,” Facebook fiends post anything and everything about themselves on this now omnipresent social network. This begs the question, how much is too much? Younger generations have no problem sharing nearly every detail of their lives, but is publicly posting all this minutiae really such a good idea?
Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): Close'n Forget, one of the runners-up for Mozilla's Best Firefox 3 Extensions , has updated to, well, actually work more often, erasing any site's cookie/history/AwesomeBar evidence from Firefox with one button click. We've never featured Close'n Forget as its own download 'round these parts, but, then again, back when it made an appearance in the awards round-up, a handful of commenters were saying it just wouldn't close a tab, or wasn't offering enough customization. A few bug fixes and updates later, and Close'n Forget seems to really do its intended work. After installing, right-click your toolbar and hit "Customize" to add its tiny X icon to your button array, or right-click any page to get a "Close and erase cookies for current site" option.
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. Or at least, a funny thing happened over the weekend with regards to Twitter, spam and phishing (from Chris Pirillo ). I really had no plans to outline my thoughts on the scam, because it is already being covered ad nauseum . However, I feel like I have to anyway. The scam operates like any typical Windows worm and begins with a DM from a victimized Twitter follower.
<img border="0" class="image-full" alt="Twitter_hack" title="Twitter_hack" src="/images_blogs/photos/uncategorized/2009/01/06/twitter_hack.jpg" /> An 18-year-old hacker with a history of celebrity pranks has admitted to Monday’s hijacking of multiple high-profile Twitter accounts, including President-Elect Barack Obama’s, and the official feed for Fox News. The hacker, who goes by the handle GMZ, told Threat Level on Tuesday he gained entry to Twitter’s administrative control panel by pointing an automated password-guesser at a popular user’s account.
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Windows/Mac/Linux (All platforms): Darik's Boot and Nuke does what it sounds like, so it's not a tool you want to mess around with unless you really want everything securely wiped off your system. If you're donating or otherwise handing off your hard drive, however, it's a serious tool for erasing data so it's really, really hard to ever find again. You load Darik's tool onto a CD, DVD, USB flash drive or even a floppy disk, and after it boots, you can either choose which mounted hard drives it should wipe clean and in which fashion (with varying numbers of over-writing to meet the standards of, say, the U.S.