Facebook Monitors Your Private Messages and Photos For Criminal Activity, Reports them to Police

August 9th, 2015

by Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Live | August 8, 2015

Facebook has a new little known software that monitors your profile chat and pictures for criminal activity. The software will proceed to alert an employee at the company who will then decide whether to call authorities or not.

The software will monitor individuals who have a ‘loose’ relationship on social media networks, according to an interview with Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan.

Reuters interview with the security officer explains, Facebook’s software focuses on conversations between members who have a loose relationship on the social network. For example, if two users aren’t friends, only recently became friends, have no mutual friends, interact with each other very little, have a significant age difference, and/or are located far from each other, the tool pays particular attention.

The scanning program looks for certain phrases found in previously obtained chat records from criminals, including sexual predators (because of the Reuters story, we know of at least one alleged child predator who is being brought before the courts as a direct result of Facebook’s chat scanning). The relationship analysis and phrase material have to add up before a Facebook employee actually looks at communications and makes the final decision of whether to ping the authorities.

“We’ve never wanted to set up an environment where we have employees looking at private communications, so it’s really important that we use technology that has a very low false-positive rate,” Sullivan told Reuters.

The software has been used to help gather information on potential murder suspects as well. In just one case, 62 pages of information, pictures, chat and posts where gathered and handed over to local authorities by Facebook in a recent subpoena request.

Facebook most likely wants to keep this software secret since most people do not think fondly of someone rummaging around their private messages and photos looking for criminal activities. Also how far is this system willing to go and will they soon pursue minor crimes or even thought crime?

7 Reasons You Should Quit Facebook in 2015

February 22nd, 2015
by Matthew Kitchen, contributor to Mens Journal

Ten years ago Facebook was just cresting as the cool new social media site that helped you keep in touch with the people you didn’t actually like in high school. We fed it our thoughts and feelings, shared our meals and locations and our top ten movie lists, kept it up-to-date on our relationship status, political views, favorite links, and personal information — all in the name of staying connected, and all without a thought to our security. But with a decade of questions regarding how Facebook makes money now answered, and a general understanding of how sharing information online can be dangerous (while the platform constantly updates its security protocol), we continue to use it anyway, even though many of us are just checking in as ritual and have threatened our exit from Facebook for years.Of course, screen time in moderation is, for the most part, perfectly acceptable, and social media can offer a few genuinely beneficial uses. But before you log in or tap that app on your smartphone again, here are a few reasons to quit Facebook in 2015.It Wastes Your Time
It’s estimated that the average casual user (17 minutes per day on Facebook) who has been active on the site for 10 years has wasted upwards of 40 entire days of their lives scrolling and liking and commenting on pictures and posts. And more engaged users, who spend at least an hour a day on the site, have clocked 150 days feeding the Facebook beast during the same time. Think about how long you spend on the site each day, and what else could be a more productive use of your time.Facebook Uses You to Sell Stuff…
In 2012, the site manipulated posts from 689,000 accounts without consent in an experiment that examined whether or not it could affect your emotions by making a few edits on your page. The study was done, according to Facebook, to “improve our services and to make the content people see on Facebook as relevant and engaging as possible.” Skeptics think it was really used to discover the monetary benefit of a Like. COO Sheryl Sandberg later apologized, adding that they “never meant to upset you.”

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And Targets You with Advertisements
One time you wanted to buy a thing, and then you searched for that thing, and six months later Facebook is still reminding you that you should think about buying that thing, even if you already bought the thing. Yes, most sites do this thanks to embedded cookies, but only Facebook seamlessly posts these ads in your timeline with enough regularity that you can only assume your friend has an odd obsession with the latest Norelco razor.

It’s Bad for Your Health
Facebook isn’t just a harmless website dedicated to cataloging your vacations, poor wardrobe choices, and myopic thoughts on sporting events (which can both define or destroy relationships), it can actually do you harm. Studies hint that it can impact your immune system and inhibit the release of growth hormones, impair digestion and vision, limit thinking and kill creativity, and affect sleep patterns and happiness.

“Who Are These People, Anyway?”
The average adult has 338 friends on Facebook and probably doesn’t know more than 10 percent of them anymore, or at all. Many of them likely have new lives, some have new last names, new passions, new facial hair, and new humans they’re now responsible for keeping alive (read: babies). These are not the friends you knew, and semi-casually keeping up with them is a waste of time that could be better spent with new, real friends. Or on Twitter.

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“But I Don’t Care About Privacy”
Fair. That’s your right. But the problem is that we’re setting precedent for the future without yet understanding how it will affect the free and open Web, and simultaneously creating an internet that relies on you having a Facebook account to access sites that are not Facebook. As one of nearly 1.2 billion users to date, odds are decent that your account won’t be hacked by someone with ill-will toward your family. That doesn’t mean that permitting easy access to your information goes without consequence, both immediately and decades from now.

Nothing You Post Actually Matters
Very few people care what you’re doing, whom you’re with, where you’re eating, or what you just bought, and the people who do were probably right next to you when you did it. We all saw that funny Ice Bucket Challenge video, and if we didn’t see it, it’s fine. We’re all fine. You’ll sleep well without knowing which childhood toys you owned are now worth a fortune, and you will absolutely “believe what happened next” on Upworthy, because someone took time to write about it. These articles only exist because you share them on Facebook, and you only share them because they exist. So, instead, just invite a friend over to talk about how much you both loved Save By the Bell. The internet can only take so much nostalgia.

If you’re serious about quitting Facebook today, you can do it right now by clicking here.

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Do not use search engines to look up tech support numbers!

February 11th, 2015

Several of our customers have reported looking for a tech support phone number using google, yahoo, bing and other search engines.
The phone numbers showing up are to rogue bad guys who speak with a heavy accent and want to remote control to your computer, which then leads into paying $200-$300 for a clean-up that is not needed, or for virus removal when there really is none.
Do not fall for this. Go to the companies website to obtain their support phone numbers.
Check out this article about it:

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March 17th, 2014

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Macs are considered (incorrectly) to be more secure than PCs

May 22nd, 2013

by Flatworm – 5/4/13 5:12 AM

In Reply to: Security on tablets, should we be concerned? by Lee Koo (ADMIN) Moderator CNET staff

There are two reasons why Macs are considered (incorrectly) to be more secure than PCs.

The foremost of these is that PCs have been far more numerous since the dawn of the age of personal computing, and their prevalence continues to grow as time passes. This makes them a far larger and more lucrative target for those who seek to profit from malware. There is less incentive to penetrate the Mac world, and because it requires different codings and methods, meaning additional work for the hacker, it is largely ignored. The criminal element will always prefer the easiest path to the richest potential reward.

Secondly, Apple has from the beginning maintained a tight, proprietary control over software development, while the PC world is far more open. This makes it more difficult for hackers to locate the vulnerabilities in the Mac O/S and software for them to exploit.

But those vulnerabilities are there nevertheless, and they have on occasion been exploited by bad guys who see an untapped field. Indeed, because most Mac users are careless about security, presuming themselves safe, the vulnerabilities are probably greater and more numerous, but are less frequently exploited by bad guys seeking profit.

But if you think you can do online banking with any greater security on a Mac than on a PC, you are sorely mistaken. The vulnerabilities there are largely in or arise from the network or are on the bank’s server, and are independent of whatever end-user device you may employ to access them. Your computer, whether a PC or a Mac or a Linux box or a smartphone or whatever, is just a dumb remote terminal and might as well be a VT100 or a Wyse 50, which themselves were COMPLETELY immune from attack, being dumb.

You can put your name, address, DOB, SSN and bank account number on a clever phishing site as easily from a Mac as from a PC.

What is JAVA? Do I need it? Is it safe?

April 20th, 2013

Java is a 3rd party program created and maintained by SUN. It’s only needed when a Web site that you are visiting uses it. It won’t work unless you have it installed on your system. It’s safe, until a vulnerability is discovered, then a patch (update) is sent to your computer to fix it. Once the update has been downloaded and installed, it’s safe once again. For more information, check out http://www.java.com

Signs you may be infected

March 22nd, 2013

1. Popup ads appear even when no browser is open.

2. Browser navigation gets redirected.

3. A security program you never installed pops up scary warnings.

4. Posts you didn’t write appear on your social media pages.

5. A program holds your PC for ransom.

6. Suddenly you can’t use common system tools.

Call Computer Works @ 928-8055 if you think you’re infected.

Incidents of Malicious URLs, Mobile Malware Skyrocket

February 22nd, 2013

Check out this report from McAfee.

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February 21st, 2013

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