The dangers of using a cellphone for uploading photos on Facebook I’ve written statuses to myself before, and some to long-time friends (people I have known for years, if not decades). Earlier today I uploaded something for myself—which Facebook made public.
I was able to repeat this just now. I uploaded a random image and conﬁrmed that the privacy settings were set to ‘close friends’. (Note that using this method to write statuses to a group works—just not photographs.) The image went up. Then, when rechecking on a desktop computer, I noticed that the image was open to pretty much everyone apart from two groups, and names from a now-deleted list.
I will report this as a bug to Facebook, but it goes to show just how lame their privacy settings are when you are not using a proper computer.
YouTube privacy The screen you get to when you click ‘Manage privacy’ for YouTube from Google Dashboard. Why am I not surprised?
Privacyfix is a simple little Chrome & Firefox Add-On that enables anyone (with one of those browsers) to monitor and adjust Facebook and Google privacy settings. The add-on gives you instant warning signs on the settings that you’ll want to take a look at and enables you go directly to the place where you can change those settings.
If you are in anyway worried about your online privacy (which you probably should be) this is well worth installing.
Browser privacy check Not a bad idea. When I think about it, it’s actually surprising it’s taken this long for something like this to come out.
Timeline, 2010 It’s not conclusive, but last year I checked the 2010 summary of wall posts and other activity, taking a screen shot in the process. I had checked other years as well, but for some reason, I took this shot. This isn’t one of the affected years, but in my mind it lends some credence to my claim that I looked at earlier years and saw that all was well.
Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies.
Ten years from now, no cyclists will bother showing up at the Tour de France. It will just be a bunch of lawyers gathering in an air-conditioned building for three weeks seeing who has the most money to blow ﬁling lawsuits and discovery motions and subpœnas.