Part two in a series exploring security around the world’s most popular social network, Facebook.
In the first post of the series I outlined the main security settings for protecting your Facebook account. This time I take a look at a more widespread problem that’s been brought into the spotlight amidst the recent Facebook changes… Cookies! In particular, tracking and persistent cookies, not the tasty crumbly chocolatey good ones.
The first in a series that will describe the many and varied new or hidden options of Facebook.
In recent weeks Facebook have released several updates to their platform, some are right on the home page like Top Stories and News Tickers while others are behind the scenes and often go unnoticed. Over the next few weeks I aim to outline the major changes and options that might not receive so much mainstream publicity.
A brief look at why we need to patch our computers.
Many people treat a computer in the same way as a car or washing machine; if it’s not broke don’t fix it. Unfortunately there are varying degrees of broken and only when it gets to ‘really broken’ do we tend to notice. Here I take a look at why we should make the effort to patch a computer even when there appears to be nothing wrong.
Some suggestions on how to make your Facebook account more secure.
Once again Facebook have added new features under the radar, enabled by default and unannounced. Not everybody necessarily wants everything shared with everyone so it would be nice if Facebook would either disable features by default and allow people to opt-in, or in the very least let people know that there are new features coming up.
Here is a quick review of the latest feature and a how-to for disabling it…
An insight into secure web browsing. Part 2.
In a previous post I gave a quick overview of SSL and HTTPS, what it is, what it means and what it looks like. This time round I’ll give a run through of where you should expect to find HTTPS, when you should aim to use it and when there’s no need to worry.
An insight into secure web browsing. Part 1.
Most of us send a huge amount of information across the web every day. Some of it is casual, some personal, some of it is private and confidential. Much like talking to a friend, doctor or bank manager you probably wouldn’t want a stranger listening to your conversations. HTTPS helps to protect your conversations and my aim here is not so much to explain how it works (hint: it’s pretty technical) but to help you to understand how to take advantage of it.
I should point out that HTTPS is not without flaws. It is not a panacea, it will not protect us from websites being compromised and you will still have to be alert to the dangers on the web.