The new Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 is rolling out to select users.
November 12, 2019
Today’s Tech News Briefs:
A rollout of Google Photo’s re-designed single-view overflow menu and metadata (EXIF) panel; an upcoming Google badging system that will shame sites that are slow loading; the best Network Mapping Tools; how to create HTML newsletter from RSS feed of any website for free; AND, Facebook is rolling out a Shortcut Bar Setting feature on iOS (coming to Android in the weeks ahead) that gives you control over what you see at the bottom of its mobile app…
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November 9, 2019
Today’s Android Apps:
A Facebook alternative (Swipe for Facebook) – lightweight, highly customizable, and battery friendly, with a strict “no tracking” policy to ensure your privacy is secured; Watch 100+ live TV channels (Pluto TV) and 1000’s of movies and TV shows on-demand, all streaming free; An art drawing game (Paint by Number) to color modern artworks with coloring by numbers…
Most everyone does Facebook… Here is a web browser extension called Blue Messenger that gives you the smartphone version of Facebook in your browser. With built-in alerts, you will never miss a FB message or post again, with this extension. Appears Blue Messenger is available for Chrome, Opera and Firefox (with Edge coming soon).
If you are a writer or someone that struggles with words and their definitions, I highly recommend TheSage (a comprehensive dictionary and thesaurus). I know you can look up words on Google, but TheSage is even better in that it is right at your fingertips when working from your computer. There is a FREE version of TheSage and a version you can buy (with more features). I usually download the portable version of this software.
Last on the list today is Earth Alerts. This software application gives you the ability to monitor global activity occurring, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and tropical cyclones (typhoons, hurricanes, tropical storms, tropical depressions and other disturbances). Like we need more disasters in our life…
Facebook sure has been in the news a lot lately and now I am seeing where they are rolling out their own curated “News” tab that will highlight news it believes is relevant to individual users — read more @ engadget
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“Believe Nothing, Verify Everything, Don’t Spread It”… People are like lemmings and will believe and follow anything… The social networks, in conjunction with foreign adversaries (enemies), have used these platforms to incite people by posting “false” sensitive topics in regards to 2nd amendment rights, abortion, social security, religion, race, party affiliation, etc.. that has caused the current divisive thinking in the United States. In other words, Facebook is and was used as a propaganda platform by foreign enemies. If you see these sorts of postings, avoid spreading them because the enemy wants you to spread these things so that there is chaos, hate, and divisiveness.
Much of what you read during the last election cycle on Facebook was posted through Russian infiltration and to this day it is still occurring. Dirty Politicians had done the same, as well, and now Facebook has given the official green light for them (the dirty politicians) to do so again (see source link at the end of this post).
Don’t be a lemming, “Believe Nothing, Verify Everything” via reputable sources. What you see on Facebook or any of the social network platforms should be checked and verified. For God’s Sake, don’t spread it if you can’t verify it. Don’t let it get under your skin; and, one way to do that is by blocking the sources entirely. If you must post your political thoughts, set up a Facebook group or another page for that purpose only.
Why Facebook can’t stop politicians from lying |The Verge
As of this week, though, that policy comes with an asterisk. As Judd Legum reported this week in his newsletter, Popular Information, Facebook is now exempting political figures from this policy. If a political candidate or party wants to run a Facebook ad announcing that their rival is a lizard person, they now have an open lane to do so.
Facebook’s new rules let politicians lie in their ads. It’s bad, but asking Facebook to regulate political speech is worse…
Hiding a comment means it will disappear from your point of view. However, the person who posted it, along with any of your mutual friends, will still be able to view it. But what kind of comments are worth hiding? Well, maybe the ones that could spoil a TV show you’re watching, for example. And finally, reporting a comment is kind of like a citizen’s arrest. Well, not really… but it does mean that if you see an offensive comment, you can flag it to the Facebook police who will then decide if it has violated its community standards. If it does, it’ll be deleted.
Facebook is not synonymous with “the internet,” but it boasts one of the world’s most complex and multi-faceted websites. It rivals many standalone software apps with the sheer amount of personalization, tweaks, and tinkering available to visitors. In fact, there are so many things you can do on Facebook.com that you can’t know about all the official, baked-in, easily accessible functions just a few clicks away. Read on to awaken your inner social superstar.
Facebook Dating lives within your Facebook app. The extension is made available to users 18 and above, who need to opt-in and activate their Dating profile – kids on Facebook won’t randomly chance upon a new dating app that lets them meet suitors in town. Once activated, it requests for your gender, who you’re interested in, a bunch of T&Cs and several privacy settings. You can tweak your dating location, distance from you, age and height preferences. You can even indicate religious preferences and whether you’re okay with your date having children.
Within the settings of Facebook, you can determine if your account is logged into from somewhere else. For example, my wife and I share our account. If she logs into our account from home and I am away and I log into the account, she can see that I logged in, from where and what device was used to access the account. Learning this is especially helpful if you suspect someone else has your login credentials (and, if you do suspect that, change your password immediately. Do not wait…).
To get to this feature do the following:
- Click on the “down arrow” (see screenshot below) and when the menu appears, click on “Settings”.
- On the left side, click on “Security and Login”.
- At the “Security and Login” page, you will see “Where You’re Logged In’. If you click on the down arrow for “More”, a history of where the account was logged into from is generated. You can determine where and when the account was accessed.
- If you see something that appears suspicious, click on the 3 dots to the right side of the entry and when the small menu appears, click on “Not you?”. You can also select “Log Out” to log the person out. If you do click on “Not you?” details about the login is generated with an option to secure the account immediately.
If you have that specific friend that you are tired of seeing their rampant political postings (or any type of posting for that matter) that goes against your views; yet, you do not want to offend them too much by unfriending them, there are several quick options in Facebook to fix this.
Here is how to do this:
The next time you see a post from this friend, look in the upper right corner of the post and click on the three dots (also called an ellipsis). A dropdown box will appear where you will see the following options:
Hide Posts – see fewer posts like this. (Facebook will attempt to block any further postings such as what you are seeing; BUT, you will still see other postings from this friend).
Snooze XXX for 30 Days – Temporarily stop seeing posts. (This option gives you a break from the friend and you will not see any postings from the friend for 30 days).
Hide All From XXX – Stop seeing posts from this person. (This option is the nuclear option. You will stop seeing the friends posts; BUT, they will still remain a Facebook friend and they will not know any different).
Have you ever noticed when scrolling your Facebook timeline. and you come across a post that consists of a video; that the video will autoplay? This may seem like a real convenience; but, if you are like me, I find it a real nuisance.
To turn the video autoplay feature “off”, follow these steps:
- From the top right of Facebook, click on the “” (down arrow) and select Settings.
- Click Videos on the menu located at the left side of the screen.
- Click the dropdown menu next to Auto-Play Videos and select Off.
To my reader’s at “What’s On My PC”… If you use Facebook, take a moment to read this. I have seen some of my Facebook friends being hooked into this. It is a “scam”. PLEASE, take my advice “Believe Nothing and Verify Everything”; especially, on social media.
Scammers are pushing multiple fake Facebook profiles of Ellen DeGeneres, popular US TV show host and producer, with the goal of tricking people into jumping through a few money-making hoops. This isn’t a sophisticated scam. It isn’t hacking the Gibson. It won’t be the focus of a cutting edge infosec talk. However, it’s certainly doing some damage—up to a point. This scam is a victim of its own ambition.
Facebook confirmed Thursday that hundreds of millions of user passwords were being stored in a “readable format” within its servers, accessible to internal Facebook employees. Affected users will be notified, Facebook said, so they can change those passwords.
Unlike the “unsend” feature in Instagram’s direct messages, however, you will only have 10 minutes from when you send the message on Facebook Messenger to delete it from the chat for both parties. Similar to WhatsApp’s delete feature, the removed message will be replaced with a line of text saying that you “removed a message.”
Tired of Facebook? Want to nuke your account forever? Follow the source link below to learn how to delete your Facebook Account in seven steps…
Whatever the reason, here’s the no frills, just the facts, seven-step (ahem) guide to deleting your entire Facebook account, not just the app.
Technology and Facebook can be wonderful things; however, as technology continues to advance (such as facial recognition), we cannot foresee how this technology can be used in a way that can ultimately compromise our being for financial gain, or ill intent. In all my years as a tech guru, I have seen the good that technology has benefited us; but, there will always be that element of evil that will take technology advancement and use it against us. I encourage you to read this article about posting our kids on Facebook or any social network for that matter and how this ultimately profiles them in a way (as they develop) and how this could be used in the future.
In other words, it’s possible that your precious child’s face is already being studied and analyzed by Facebook in its efforts to build better facial recognition algorithms. What those algorithms could be used for in the future is anyone’s guess, as even Facebook won’t confirm they will just stick to suggested photo tags.
You probably noticed today that Facebook was down and started wondering if it was the service or something on your computer. To determine if Facebook is alive (or down), check out the outage map at Down Detector.
Here is what the map looked like this afternoon (around 1P EST).
Been receiving messages from my Facebook friends that they received another friend request from me and noticed others have been receiving this as well. Did some research on this and found that this is all BOGUS. Just stop doing it and disregard those messages… You can read more on this by clicking on the source link below or Google it (numerous sources out there on this matter).
You can stop forwarding that latest warning from your Facebook friends about your account being cloned. You weren’t. It’s bogus. And you’re just making it worse. It starts out:
“Hi….I actually got another friend request from you yesterday…which I ignored so you may want to check your account…” Then it tells you to “hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears…then hit forward….” Your account isn’t sending duplicate friend requests. And you didn’t receive a request from the person you’re forwarding it to.
You can delete your account (permanently) but, nothing is ever permanent when it comes to the internet (and that includes Facebook).
To fully delete your Facebook account forever and ever, go to facebook.com/help/delete_account. Just be aware that, per the Facebook data use policy, “after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users.”
To be on safe side, if not affected, reset (change) your password…
If you are a Facebook junkie and also use the Google Chrome Browser take a look at the Social Book Post Manager that is featured on Lifehacker…
Called Social Book Post Manager, the extension allows you to delete all your posts on the social network before a specific date, or specify the types of posts you’d like to delete through word search. For instance, you can search for posts that contain the name of your ex, or “weed.”
- Open a new tab in your web browser and head to Facebook.com and login.
- Click on the downward arrow in the top-right corner and choose Settings, or head to Facebook.com/settings.
- At the bottom of the General tab click on “Download a copy of your Facebook data.“
- Select what you would like to include, or leave everything selected (default) then click Create File.
- Wait until your data is ready to download. You will receive a notification when it’s done.
- Click on the notification, review the file size, then click Download.
- Enter your account password to confirm your identity, then wait for the download to complete.
Here is how to manage your kids timeline on Facebook Messenger…
How can I tell if my info was shared with Cambridge Analytica?
Facebook has a page set up to help you determine if your Facebook data was compromised by Cambridge Analytica (which was used to influence people during the last Presidential Election). I encourage all Facebook users to do this… VERY IMPORTANT!
Click the source link below to go directly to the Facebook Help Center:
In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where an app developer was able to sell your personal Facebook data to a research firm that helped Donald Trump win the election, Facebook has (and still is) taking some major league heat on this; and, rightfully so. As a result of this scandal, Facebook has vowed to become more transparent on how they use our personal information. Following the news on this, Facebook users became very concerned and wanted to know how to download their Facebook data.
With that out of the way, how do I download my data from Facebook?
The easiest way is to click the link below or enter the following web address in your browser:
Note: You can also get to the settings by clicking on the small “downward facing triangle or arrow”, at the top right corner, on any of your facebook pages (after you log in).
Then, simply click on “Download a copy of your Facebook data”… After which, the following will appear where you then click on “Start My Archive”.
After you click on “Start My Archive” you will be prompted to enter your Facebook password.
Once the password is accepted, you will receive a notice on the screen advising that an email will be sent to the email address you registered with Facebook with instructions to complete the download.
When you receive the email, you can click on a link (in the email) that will take you back to the “Download Archive” page, where you will once again click on the “Download Archive” button, enter your Facebook Password, at which point you will be prompted to save the download.
The downloaded data will be contained within a “zip” file. A zip file is one file that contains many files and you should be able to open the “zip file” by double clicking on it, to see the contents. If you fail to download the data within a few day, you will have to repeat this process. The file size for the data will be large and may take time, so be patient.
Once the data is downloaded, open the file and click on the file named “index” to navigate the downloaded data. You will be shocked and surprised at everything that has been collected.
Maybe, “Big Brother” is watching…
Facebook is like candy. You develop a sweet tooth for it and can’t put it down. Like the internet in its’ entirety, there is a good side and a bad side. Recently, Facebook has been subject to quite a few inquiries on what information it collects and what it does (and has done) with that information. If you are a Facebook user there is high probability your personal information (profile) has been compromised (data mined) and used for (maybe sold) for unscrupulous purposes. Below (click on the source link below), an article by Kim Komando, is some more information coming out on how the Messenger component of Facebook is being used to track you. In the end, including myself, if you use Facebook, you have been revealed; whether it is posting photos, jokes, your opinions, your cuddly animals; we all have been revealed and compromised… I am especially disturbed on how Facebook is and has been used as a propaganda tool to lead politically influenced lemmings off a cliff with misleading information that has fed people’s minds of mistruths that ultimately has changed the profile of our entire country. In a sense, as much as I love the idea behind Facebook, it has caused damage to our country, as a whole; and, what I find is people either people do not understand the magnitude of all of this or they just plain don’t care. Anyhow, click on the link below to learn more from Kim Komando…
Embattled, bruised and bloodied but the hits just keep on coming for Facebook, aren’t they? In the shadow of the Cambridge Analytica hubbub…
Facebook Lite has actually been around since 2015; however, was only available in other countries where mostly 2G networks were the norm. It has now been released to over 100 countries, including the United States, and is geared to run on older Android devices where memory and storage could be an issue (if you installed the full mobile version of Facebook).
When I hear the word “lite” I have to try it out. My theory is that if it is designed to run on older smartphones, Facebook Lite should fly like an eagle on a newer phone.
For testing purposes, I installed Facebook Lite on my Motorola Moto G Plus (5th Generation), 64 GB Storage, 4 GB RAM, which is a mid-range modern smartphone, to see if in fact it would fly like an eagle.
End Result: It flew like an eagle and I am definitely keeping it installed on my smartphone. From what I can tell, it will do everything I need it to do when it comes to Facebook… I say give it a spin if you are finding that the full install of Facebook is causing your phone to slow down or you want to fly like an eagle on your new phone.
Source: Facebook Lite
I am big on privacy and security and never wanted anything to to with Facebook; HOWEVER, this past year I caved in. I am actually enjoying Facebook and have used the site to promote the blog (click here) and another public Facebook page I am experimenting with, called “Protection of Our First Amendment Rights – The Fake News Daily“. Again, I am big on privacy and security; AND, one downfall with Facebook is navigating the menus to turn privacy and security features “on and off”.
For example, after seeing how my private Facebook page looked on the public side, I noticed there were posts on the public page that I did not want there. As a matter of fact, I didn’t want any of my private (friends only) posts on the public page and commenced researching “How can I reset all “PAST” public posts on Facebook to be friends-only posts?
Here is the instructions I found and decided to post them here on the blog for others:
- Open up your Facebook page
- Click on the small triange in the upper right corner of the blue bar (at the top of the window)
- On the menu click on “Settings”
- On the left sidebar, click on “Privacy”
- When the privacy window opens, on the right side, click on “Limit Past Posts” (to expand that section).
- Click on “Limit Old Posts” (click on graphic below to see example)
- Click on “Confirm” (see graphic further below)
Plucked this news from the Android Police that all you Facebook users need to know about.
Using facial recognition technology, Facebook can alert you to any photos in which you’re visible regardless of whether or not you’ve been tagged. Soon, the Facebook app will have an opt-in toggle for the facial recognition alert. When enabled, notifications appear in your account when Facebook thinks it spotted you in a photo.
SOURCE: Android Police
Tired of seeing my political posts on your timeline? You don’t have to “unfriend or unfollow” me, just put me in snooze. I truly hope you don’t do that because I do look for news that I think you “need to know” and is factual; however, if you must, just put me to sleep (in Facebook Snooze).
With Snooze, you don’t have to unfollow or unfriend permanently, rather just stop seeing someone’s posts for a short period of time. The people, Pages, and groups you snooze will not be notified. You will be notified before the Snooze period is about to end and the setting can also be reversed at any time… READ MORE
SOURCE: Facebook Newsroom
Ok, if you are looking for an alternative “lighter version” of Facebook and Facebook Messenger, for your Android smartphone, go with “Friendly For Facebook”. I have tried every “lite” version app out there and “Friendly For Facebook” has topped them all. I have found it to be very reliable with minimal space usage, memory usage, and battery usage; plus, the notification feature and the ability to upload a photo (or video) works quite well (which was important to me). The Facebook Messenger component is built right into the same app. What I found with many of the other “lite” versions out there is that either/or the notification feature was not available and/or the ability to upload a photo/video simply would cause the upload to hang.
Why would you want to go with a “lite” version option? The true Facebook app and Facebook Messenger app will consume a large amount of space on your phone, will use more memory and will cause noticeable battery drain. If you are experiencing noticeable problems when running Facebook, you may want to uninstall it, then you may want to install a “lighter” version (such as “Friendly For Facebook). The “lighter” apps for Facebook are built (by third party developers) as an extension of the Facebook mobile website. By going “lite”, you will preserve your battery, storage and data, while giving you back control over your news feed. The lighter versions may not be as robust at the true Facebook app; but, it gets the job done.
Why You’ll Love Friendly
• Download videos from Facebook
• Take control of your news feed with Keyword Filters.
• Sort your news feed by most recent posts.
• Block FB Ads
• No need for another Facebook messenger app
• Secure your account with Fingerprint & Passcode Lock
• Quickly switch between multiple FB accounts
• Beautiful material themes
• Fast Facebook lite app! Don’t settle for anything else.
SOURCE: Go to the Google Play Store on your smartphone, search for “Friendly For Facebook”. You can take a look at the app, here on the web by “clicking here“.
Since I started using Facebook, I am seriously looking at the security and privacy ramifications that we expose ourselves to when we do social networking (such as Facebook). With that being said, I encourage you to read “4 Ways to Crack a Facebook Password & How to Protect Yourself from Them“.
You will see more postings, from me, in the future in regards to Facebook vs. Security and Privacy, as an effort to help protect ourselves from that element of our society who prey on honest people.
Here on this roundup of Geek Squeaks’ you will find the most pirated movies; 13 apps for your smartphone, made to get your butt out of the bed; how to hide (or delete) those annoying Facebook “so called” friends; a new image editor that is available as a portable app; how to protect your company from email fraud with tips from the FBI; and the TOP TEN best sellers in routers.
Geek Squeaks’ of the Week 17-012
Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. ‘John Wick: Chapter 2′ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Logan’. ‘The Boss Baby’ completes the top three… READ MORE
13 Alarm Clock Apps That Will Get Your Butt Out of Bed – Amid this collection for iOS () and Android (), whether phone or tablet-sized, features can vary wildly. But they all tell the time and get your ass out of bed in the morning. Or after a nap. Some do it gently, some do it harshly, some do it with new-age special effects, and some make you work to wake. Whatever you’re needs, you’ll find them here, all for free… READ MORE
How to Hide (or Delete) Your Most Annoying Facebook Friends – Want to break up with one of your Facebook friends? You can unfollow, block, or unfriend that person. Let’s look at all the options… READ MORE
Draw, paint and optimize your pictures with NPS Image Editor – NPS Image Editor is an unusual freeware tool which aims to provide the simplicity of Microsoft Paint with far more functionality, including custom brushes, filters and transparency control… READ MORE
QLED vs. OLED: What’s the Difference? – In the world of visually stunning displays, OLED is the gold standard, but Samsung’s QLED technology is looking to challenge this supremacy… READ MORE
Building a Digital Defense with an Email Fortress – Businesses Beware—Fraudsters want to cash in on digital data, and your vulnerable e-mail account can give them the keys to the kingdom. One of the biggest dangers lurking in your in-box is a version of a phishing scheme.
In this case, the fraudster sends you what appears to be a legitimate e-mail. He may have hacked someone else’s e-mail account to get to you, or he may have “spoofed” an e-mail address making it look real… READ MORE
Best Sellers In Routers
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I love Kim Komando’s tech column at USAToday and find her posted information very useful and on the same parallel to my blog when it comes to assisting home-based computer users.
Kim recently posted an article, “These 7 tips will help you master Facebook” that you should read, if you are an advocate of Facebook. In all honesty, I do not care for Facebook; however, I do care about the safety and security of people (which has been my lifelong profession as a law enforcement (and security) officer and computer info specialist).
The one tip that Kim posted in this article that jumps out at me, in regards to your safety and security, is the tip “Find out where you are logged in”… Many Facebook users (carelessly) log into multiple devices, often at multiple locations, and keep their Facebook pages open in order to “conveniently” access their account without having to log in. The upside to this is user convenience; however, the downside to this is you are setting yourself up to have your account compromised, which could result in devastating consequences.
To see if your account is open on other devices and locations, here is how (as Kim Komando pointed out) to determine that:
Just to go to Settings >> Security Settings >> Where You’re Logged In, and you’ll find a list of devices that are currently accessing your Facebook account. The feature also lists login metadata, such as when and where you last checked in, plus the type of device you used. Keep in mind that cell phones sometimes show weird locations, which may refer to a cell phone tower and not necessarily to where you were standing at the time.
That said, if your login information looks a little fishy, it’s possible your account has been compromised. It’s best to lock down access before this even happens.
Kim Komando is a consumer tech columnist for USA TODAY. She also hosts the nation’s largest radio show about the digital lifestyle, heard on 435 stations in the USA and globally on American Forces Radio. Find your local radio station, get the podcast and more at Komando.com.
SOURCE: USAToday – Kim Komando
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