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Twitter introduces Photo-tagging: Here is how to turn them off on your account

Today, Twitter announced a new feature that allows users to upload multiple photos on a single tweet. More important feature is the new option that will allow users to tag other users to photos. The new feature will be available to iPhone users first and then later to Android users. Twitter.com will see this feature last.

I own an Android phone, hence I could not check the new feature out for myself. But Twitter has posted this helpful image that illustrates how the new photo-tagging feature will work.

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This could be an issue as Twitter is a very public platform and just about anyone can tag anyone on Twitter by default to a photo. Thankfully the privacy options does offer control over who gets to tag you in photos.

How to turn of photo-tagging on your Twitter account:

  • Log in to your Twitter account on a desktop computer.
  • Then look up Settings and Security at the following link https://twitter.com/settings/security
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Twitter >> Settings >> Security

The default option selected is to “Allow anyone to tag me in photos”. Change it to not allow anyone to tag you in photos or limite tagging to only people you follow.

Since this is a opt-out feature and not a opt-in feature, I am sure there will be some people who will find strangers tagging them in photos an unwanted headache.

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[How to] Unlist Your Phone Number on TrueCaller App

Websites like TrueCaller easily allow people to lookup the name of the person to whom a phone number belongs to. It behaves mainly like a global directory. Truecaller itself has some useful apps too on Android and iPhone. The android app actually displays the name of person if the phone number that you are receiving a call from is not saved in your contacts.

But what if you do not want Truecaller to list your phone number? In the interest of privacy, Truecaller has an option to unlist your phone number.

TrueCaller Unlist

How it works:

  • Visit Truecaller’s unlist page and type in your details.
  • Enter the right captcha and your phone number becomes unlisted.
  • I was surprised that it did not send a confirmation code or something on the phone but then it makes sense. If it does not ask permission before listing them, they do not need to unlist them either.

Though unlisting your number is useful for privacy, TrueCaller can be very useful to get notified of numbers which give you those spammy marketing calls which you wished, you had not answered.

Do drop in your comments.

Link: Truecaller Unlist

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How to enlarge locked Facebook profile pictures

After Google plus, we finally found a way by which you can enlarge a profile picture of locked Facebook profile pictures album. People on Facebook lock their profile pictures so that it can’t be misused by their friends or any other Facebook user. Obviously anybody will not use a small 160x160px picture anywhere because faces on such a small picture are hardly visible. But what if someone can enlarge it up to 720x720px? Let’s see how you can do it.

  1. Open a profile with lock profile pictures album for example this profile:

https://www.facebook.com/ninakaur28?fref=ts

  1. Now right click on the profile picture and click “Copy image URL”. For example the URL of image for the above profile link is:

https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-ash4/c96.36.448.448/s160x160/314224_4552785855326_321076708_n.jpg small facebook profile picture 3. In the above link change 160×160 with 720×720, so your new link will be:

https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-ash4/c96.36.448.448/s720x720/314224_4552785855326_321076708_n.jpg enlarged facebook profile pictureThats it, you can also give this trick a try with any Facebook profile with locked profile pictures. Please note that by this post we don’t want to give a new option to profile stalkers to invade user privacy and misuse their pictures. This post is just to aware people that your profile picture is not safe even if it’s locked.

Happy Facebooking. 🙂

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Facebook Introduces Simplified Privacy Options

Facebook has introduced a simplified, easy options to manage privacy. Users will be prompted about the new changes when they visit the site from their browser. The new layout is a lot better than the previous one for privacy settings. On Facebook, users will see a new ‘lock’ symbol on the top right hand corner. Clicking on it will display the simplified privacy options.

Facebook's Simplified Privacy Options
Facebook’s new simple drop-down for managing privacy options

These privacy options are not exactly new options. They are pretty much the same except that they are displayed in a less ambiguous way.

Facebook has managed to rack up 1 billion users but it has to keep growing to remain at the top in the social media sphere. The previous method of showing privacy options was very ambiguous and extreme confusing for people who were very new to Facebook.

You might like to read up on guidelines for best privacy settings for your Facebook account.

Facebook still seems to have some strange quirks regarding settings. One of them is the tagging of users in photos. I have still not figured out how to un-tag myself from photos. If anyone has figured it out, let me know. 🙂

Do drop in your comments.

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Beware! Your current profile picture is public on Facebook

Facebook is trying hard to make most of the user’s private content public. First they launched Cover Photos where we don’t have any option of making pictures private i.e. only friends can see them. Now they have launched another feature which will automatically make current profile picture public.

From now every time you upload a profile picture, it will be public by default. Even if your profile picture album is set to be private, the current profile picture will be public and it will be shown to everyone who visits your profile or opens up your profile picture album.

Thankfully we have an option of making profile pictures private. We will tell you how you can do it but first of all check your recently uploaded profile pictures whether they are private or not.

How to make a profile picture private again?

In order to make a profile picture from public to private again open your profile and go to photos. Now open your profile picture album and open a particular picture which is public. Then click on the Earth icon (in case the pic is public) given below your name and select your privacy level. See the screenshot below for more clarification:

From the drop down list you can select from the following four options:

Public: Picture will be public and visible to anyone on Facebook.

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Friends: Enlarged Picture will be visible to your friends only. However anyone can see the thumbnail.

Only Me: Enlarged picture will be visible to you only.

Custom: You can select few friends who can or cannot see your picture.

Click on your desired option and close the picture.

So next time just make sure you do these necessary changes before you upload a new profile picture. Please share your views about public profile pictures in the comment section below. Click here for more Facebook Posts.

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How to check if your system is safe from Alureon/ DNS Changer or not?

Finally its 9th of July i.e. Malware Monday when there’s a risk that thousands of PC worldwide (including India) may lose their internet connection due to a virus called Alureon or DNS Changer Bot. Alureon is a malware designed to redirect the traffic to fake websites in order to steal user information such as financial transaction info or personal stuff like usernames, passwords e.t.c.

Alureon will also change the DNS of a system and redirect it to another server without any warning due to which that system won’t be able to access internet.

To check if your computer is infected or not; the DNS Changer Working Group created a list of websites which will tell you whether your PC is safe or not. One such website is http://www.dns-ok.us/.

Click on the website and it will tell you the status of your PC. If its GREEN your PC is safe but if its RED, your PC is possibly infected and you may lose your internet connection.

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Here’s the list of websites where you can check if your PC is infected or not. To be on a safer side we suggest you not to make any online transaction or download any unknown file from the internet on July 9th 2012.

Link: DNS OK

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Privacy bug in Facebook Timeline cover photos

Well just think before you upload a new cover photo on the recently launched Facebook Timeline profile. For those who don’t know, a cover photo is the new banner or header of your profile on Facebook. You can change it and upload a new cover photo or select from the existing photos anytime you want to.

But there’s a privacy bug (feature according to Facebook) in these cover photos. These cover photos are public and anyone on Facebook can access it and view or download your photo even in high-resolution. Moreover not just the current cover photo, but your whole cover photos album is public. Let’s have a look at few things you should know about these cover pics.

  • Cover Photos are ‘Public’ and anyone on Facebook can see it.
  • Not just your current cover photo, but your whole album is publicly visible.
  • This album is visible to people in your restricted list as well.
  • People can download or view all your cover photos.
  • Unfortunately there’s no way of hiding a cover photo or its album. It’s public by default.
  • You have to manually delete a cover photo to hide it from public.

Keeping these photos public isn’t a good idea and there should be an option of making this album private. I hope Facebook will change it after another legal action against them for invading user privacy.

Editor’s Note: We missed that Facebook informs about public status of a cover photo as cited by Dnyanesh Mankar. Still we feel that the entire album should not have been made public by default.

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Congress website hacked, Official content replaced by pornographic message

The official website of Congress party or better we can say the ruling government party of India got hacked. On Friday morning attackers hacked the website and replaced the profile page with a pornographic message. The reason why attackers hacked the website on Friday is due to a large number of expected visitors as it was the birthday of Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi.

“I have been informed that the website has been hacked, and the site had been swiftly closed down once the intrusion was detected.” said the spokesperson of the party. There was some Pakistan based E-Mail ID too included in the message but government is unable to find the hackers using that E-Mail.

Well this is not the first time when a Pakistan based group hacked an Indian website, there are many such cases in the past few years and cyber crime department did nothing except the same message by communication minister Kapil Sibal that such content on popular websites like Facebook, Google and Yahoo is ‘unacceptable’.

Stay connect for more updates on the issue.

 

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Facebook Commits to Better Privacy, But Will You Trust It?

Facebook_logoFacebook has started to acknowledge that they are not doing a great job of managing private information which is shared by people. The main problem with privacy seems to be the ever-changing Facebook privacy policy.

Default options have been adjusted over time and some old problems like photos being visible to people you did not share the image with explicitly have made people distrust Facebook when it comes to privacy.

Facebook has been investigated for how it manages privacy of their users. Mark Zuckerberg in a post has now admitted they made mistakes when it came to managing privacy of users.

Overall, I think we have a good history of providing transparency and control over who can see your information.

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That said, I’m the first to admit that we’ve made a bunch of mistakes.

Facebook has a different tone now compared to 18 months ago, when Facebook changed default privacy settings for users which left many angry and disenchanted with Facebook. It seemed that Facebook would get away with anything they do because people do not have any real alternatives.

Competition always makes companies more humble and Google+ might just have improved Facebook on finally accepting that they are not all that popular when it comes to privacy.

Facebook has settled charges with FTC (Consumer watchdog in the US). These charges were that Facebook deceived consumers by failing to keep privacy promises.

Just wanted to know from our readers who are on Facebook. Do you trust Facebook when it comes to Privacy? Do drop in your comments.

Related: Best Privacy Settings for Facebook!

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How to keep yourself protected while chatting on Yahoo Messenger

Yahoo Messenger and its ‘Chat Rooms’, told us how to chat and make new friends online years before the launch of Facebook. But it also gave birth to online spamming which infected thousands of users and their privacy. Though most of the people stopped using Yahoo Chat Rooms now but spammers are still there. And if you’re still using Yahoo Chat Rooms then here are few steps which will tell you how you can keep yourself protected from spammers and hackers.

To keep yourself protected it is necessary to keep your PC protected first, check out few points below:

  1. Before logging into a Yahoo chat room make sure that you have a good and updated Anti-Virus installed on your PC. You can also download a freeware if you don’t want to spend on a new, full version anti-virus.
  2. Avoid using your real name, location or any other personal data in your account. Even if you’re using it make sure that it’s not visible to everyone else.
  3. Never click on any link sent by other users. These links are generally in the format ‘Click here to see me http://….’. For your information these kinds of links are not sent by a beautiful girl, rather these are just automatically generated messages by a robot.
  4. Never accept a webcam request, spammers send these request to create a direct IP address path so that they can transfer Virus or Malware to your PC or access your PC’s data.
  5. Never share your data like phone number, location, and family or bank account details to anonymous users in IM. Also don’t ever go and meet someone you don’t know personally. Never trust anyone after chatting for just few hours
  6. Don’t let minors use Yahoo or any other messenger services. Keep it blocked on your PC so that they can’t access it when you are not there.

Don’t forget to share it with your friends to keep them protected too.