Many Facebook users unaware of privacy risks: report

Many users of Facebook are unaware of the privacy risks from the massive social network site or fail to take adequate precautions, a report by Consumers Reports says. The report found nearly 13 million U.S. Facebook users do not use, or are not aware of the site’s privacy controls. An estimated 4.8 million Americans have posted about where they planned to go on a certain day—a potential tip-off to burglars, the report noted. And it found that 4.7 million have “liked” a Facebook page about health conditions or treatments, details that insurers might use against them. The report, part of the nonprofit group’s State of the Net survey, estimated that seven million households using Facebook said they had trouble last year, ranging from someone using their log-in without permission to being harassed or threatened. That was up 30% from the previous year. Only 37% of Facebook users said they have used the site’s privacy tools to customize how much information is shared with third parties, according to the Consumer Reports survey.

“Facebook really is changing the way the world socially communicates and has become a successful service in part by leveraging copious amounts of personal data that can be spread far wider than its users might realize,” said Jeff Fox, Consumer Reports technology editor. “Our investigation revealed some fascinating, and some disquieting trends—but ones always worth knowing for consumers who wish to keep their personal data under better control.” The report indicates Facebook gathers a considerable amount of information from users that they may not be aware of. “Some users might be surprised to know that Facebook gets a report every time they visit a site with a ‘Like’ button, regardless of whether or not they click on that button, have a Facebook account, or are even logged in,” the organization said. It did give credit to Facebook for taking privacy and security “seriously” by implementing checks against abuses and inappropriate applications. But Consumer Reports said Facebook should do more by fixing “a security lapse” that permits users to set up weak passwords including some six-letter dictionary words and to help users avoid inadvertently sharing status updates with the public.

Consumer Reports points out that all of this data collection is not without risks. The report was based on a survey from Jan 16-31 of a sample of 2,002 people. In a statement, Facebook said it works to help protect the safety and privacy of its users. “We believe more than 900 million consumers have voluntarily decided to share and connect on Facebook because we provide them options and tools that place them in control of their information and experience,” the company said. “As part of our effort to empower and educate consumers, we always welcome constructive conversations about online privacy and safety.” The number of people using Facebook worldwide had risen to 901 million by the end of the quarter, according to company documents. Facebook is expected to make its much-anticipated stock market debut in the coming weeks in a public offering which could raise as much as $10 billion, the largest flotation ever by an Internet company on Wall Street.

Source: Japan Today

Hacking Android devices: What to worry about

It’s not just malicious apps you need to be wary of infecting your smartphone. Now, navigating to poisoned websites are a threat, too. Security researchers have discovered a new malware targeting Android devices that doesn’t take the usual route of embedding itself in an app. The malware, dubbed “Not Compatible,” is instead tucked into websites that try to push the malware onto visitors’ devices, representing a dangerous new technique by hackers to try and access personal data, according to research from Lookout Security and separate findings from Symantec Corp. Fortunately, the malware isn’t very stealthy. To get infected , you would need to approve the download of the application, which masquerades as a security update. And the handful of known sites distributing it have low traffic, according to Lookout. “This threat does not currently appear to cause any direct harm to a target device, but could potentially be used to gain illicit access to private networks by turning an infected Android device into a proxy,” Lookout researchers wrote on the company’s blog. Mobile malware threats are not as widespread as those targeting PCs. Criminal hackers are experimenting with different business models for mobile devices, such as tricking users into subscribing to pay-text-message services that the criminals control. The lesson from the Not Compatible findings is similar to warnings PC users have gotten for years: The worst kind of update you can download to your machine is one that you didn’t ask for and don’t know where it comes from.

 Source: The Times of India

Twitter, an awe-inspiring story for SMEs

Twitter is growing fast at over 1.123 million accounts per day, which amounts to more than 13 new accounts per second. So, as an SME if you think you have an exciting product or service for the common man, just embrace Twitter

Small and medium businesses (SMBs/SMEs) are no longer social media-averse. Given the current growth rate, SMEs cannot discard social sites, especially if they want their products to go global and reach millions of people in no time. Among all the social sites currently available on Earth, Twitter enjoys a special spot. One of the best means to promote businesses, Twitter can spread the popularity of a product or service to every nook and corner of the world. Twitter, ranked one of the ten most visited websites, is growing fast at over 1.123 million accounts per day, which amounts to more than 13 new accounts per second. So, as an SME if you think you have an exciting product or service for the common man, just embrace Twitter. Look at IBM. Thanks to Twitter, the IT major can predict wait times at airports by crowdsourcing information from tweets. It tweets for mentions of airports, then send an @reply to the tweeters and ask them to reply with wait times. Another interesting fact is that scientists can tell with great accuracy where you are from just by the words you use in your tweets.

Currently valued at $8 billion, Twitter’s evolution is just mindblowing that a startup or an SME can do well to emulate. Like every startup, Twitter – when started in 2006 by Jack Dorsey – was just an idea with only three people working on it. The origin of the company goes back to a ‘day-long brainstorming session’ conducted by board members of the podcasting company, Odeo. Dorsey introduced this idea while sitting in a park and used the first Twitter prototype as an internal service for Odeo staff. This social networking site’s popularity shot up with the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in 2007. Twitter usage increased from 20,000 tweets per day to 60,000 during the SXSW event and since then the company has not looked back. The number of tweets has ever been growing super fast. In 2008, there were only three million registered users and only 1.25 million tweets per day. Within the next one year, eight million users were registered with the site.

Source: CIOL Bureau

How to make pgAdmin connection with PostgreSQL ?

I would like to discuss regarding pgAdmin connection with PostgreSQL.

We will go with screenshots one by one.

In first screen, I have opened pgAdmin, and clicked on “Connect” icon.

When we click on “Connect” button, following window will get appear in which we have to enter postgresql information.

Press “OK” button when done with information. You will get below error message because of PostgreSQL user authentication.

Now, lets solve this error by using following commands.

Once you completed this process from command line, do the same process for entering PostgreSQL information.

You will see the following screen with connection in pgadmin.