Students do what Social Giants drag ass on

While Facebook, Google, Yahoo and other Social Media Giants debate on whether blocking fake news on their services will be bad enough for their bottom line (because they make revenue for clicks on their sites and traffic flow) instead of focusing on the greater good for their users and society on a whole, a group of college Students have stepped up on done their job for them. Continue reading Students do what Social Giants drag ass on

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Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens

If you are a parent, thinking about becoming one or know a parent that can benefit from this coverage; please allocate some time and watch and pass the word on to as many families as you can. This is an important piece that parents, guardians and well, everyone needs to watch; and make sure your child(ren) watch it with you. In today’s word where the interwebs is the place to be and where children spend most of their time; it is important that we all know what they do, how they are living their social lives, what they are doing online and with whom, etc. Anderson Cooper captures a lot of this in the #Being13 special report.

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Atlanta (CNN) For the past two years, CNN has been investigating how teens use social media.

#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens airs on October 5th (tomorrow) at 9 p.m. ET on CNN

Across the country, eighth graders (with the permission of their parents and schools) allowed child development experts into their online world. Experts studied 150,000 posts across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Ahead of the special, CNN asked some of the teens who participated in the study about the impact of social media on their lives. Their answers express solely their opinion and are edited for brevity and clarity.

What does social media mean to you?

Morgan: Social media means a lot to me, and it’s very important in my eyes. A lot of my life revolves around it. So, without social media, my life would be pretty different.

Zack: Social media, to me, means a place where I can post things about myself for other people.

Jay: Honestly, I really love social media. Social media is a great way to chat with your friends.

Emmy: It makes me feel really happy — I guess? I don’t know how to explain it. It gives me mixed emotions, but most of the time it makes me feel very happy. I don’t know, it is just something I really like to do.

What is the purpose of social media?

Morgan: To me, social media’s purpose is to have a way to connect with people online. It helps you to still be in touch with lots of people even if it’s not face to face. It can also have the purpose of letting people know who you really are. People can be themselves, and be more open than they might be in person.

Zach: The purpose of social media is so I can express who I am, what I do and places I go.

Jay: Social media definitely has more than one purpose. One of the ways is to interact with your friends and meet new people. Actually, it is funny that you ask, because my school just based everything online. They are making us get these apps, and then we get all of our homework on it. So now, everything is basically off social media, Facebook and everything. Like, I am in this class, and they give us stuff to do that is on the Facebook page. We have to get this app called Google classroom. We are basically going paperless. Everything is going to be online now.

Emmy: I would say to be connected to everything and everybody in your school and your friends and have like a mini community online.

Describe what it feels like when you are cut off from social media?

Morgan: Being cut off from social media is awful. Even just one day off it makes you feel like you’re totally out of the loop on everything. I always feel like I miss out on tons of stuff, and everyone knows more than me about what’s been going on lately.

Zach: It feels as if something really important has been taken away, and if I don’t have it, I will just be a more grumpier and frustrated person in general.

Jay: Oh well, it happens a lot because my mom keeps taking away my phone. I guess sometimes I feel like I am not able to talk with anyone. I feel sort of like cut off from all my friends, because I am not going to be able to talk to them to see what they are doing. When you think about it, that is one of the only ways you can interact with them when you are not with them.

Emmy: It makes me very upset. My parents would ground me from my phone before they would ground me like into my room, because I am constantly always on it. If I am disconnected from that, I just feel like I have nothing to do. Everything I do is on my phone. I go outside and play sports, but I am always doing that. I am always on my phone — usually. So, when I am disconnected, I am very upset and just beg and beg my parents to give me it back. Or, I ask my friends when I get to school, “What’s been going on?” So like, everybody knows what is going on, but I am the only one that is out. I feel left out.

Do parents and teachers understand why social media matters so much to kids your age? What don’t they get about it?

Morgan: I don’t think parents and teachers understand why social media matters so much to kids my age. They don’t get that everything relies on how we look in a picture, how many likes/followers we have, if we get a comment back from someone, etc.

Zack: What don’t they get about it? They do understand that it is very important to us, but they don’t understand why. Because, when they grew up they didn’t have the social media that we have. So, they don’t understand why or how important.

Jay: Oh, definitely not! My parents don’t have social media or anything, where our generation has grown up with the advanced iPhones and new apps coming out. But my parents just see it as distractions. Like to us, it was basically something we grew up with and something we have known all our lives.

Emmy: Since they didn’t have it when they were younger, they don’t understand why we are constantly on it. They don’t understand why we have to post everything, because they know some people might get mad or offended by it. They just don’t get it. Like, I know my dad uses social media, but they still don’t use it as much as we would.

Cooper quotes from one of the many online attacks that his team unearthed.

“Go die. Stop trying to be popular,”

“Holy s— your [sic] ugly.”

(And that’s one of the tamer ones!)

Headlines from CNN’s “Being13: Inside The Secret World of Teens” include:

  • Middle schoolers view social media as a real time score board for a 24/7 popularity contest.
  • Students in our study admit checking their social media accounts more than 100 times a day. Middle schoolers “check” social media more than they post. The more they look at social media, the more distressed they can become.
  • Social media interactions often matter more than real life conversations. The line between the real world and the cyber world no longer exists to middle schoolers.
  • #Being13 identifies new, painful ways teens bully and strategically exclude each other on social media. More than a third of middle schoolers admit they purposely exclude others online.
  • 94% of parents underestimated the amount of fighting on social media. We decode the language teens don’t want their parents to understand.
  • 15 percent of middle schoolers admit they have received inappropriate photos, many of which are used for revenge porn.
  • #Being13 explores the connection between selfies and self-esteem. We’ll introduce viewers to teens who take 200 selfies before selecting which one to post.
  • “#Being13: Inside The Secret World Of Teens” also gives families a practical roadmap for navigating the new challenges of parenting plugged-in Tweens. We show parents what to worry about and what to let go, and how to use social media as a way to deepen their relationships with their children.“Being 13” is a follow up to AC360°’s Emmy award winning special report, “Bullying: It Stops Here.”

Most Common Internet Acronyms

#

  • 143 – I love you
  • 2 – To
  • 20 – Location
  • 24/7 – Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
  • 411 – Information

A

  • AFAIK – As far as I know
  • AFK – Away from keyboard
  • AIM – AOL Instant Messenger
  • AKA – Also known as
  • AM – Antemeridian
  • AOL – America Online
  • ASAP – As soon as possible
  • ASL – Age, sex, location
  • ATM – At the moment

B

  • b/c – Because
  • b/w – Between
  • b4 – Before
  • BBIAB – Be back in a bit
  • BBL – Be back later
  • BCC – Blind carbon copy
  • bf – Boyfriend
  • BFF – Best friends forever
  • Bling – Overly flashy jewelry
  • blog – Web log
  • BRB – Be right back
  • BTW – By the way
  • Buck – Dollar

C

  • Cab – Taxi
  • CC – Carbon copy
  • CTN – Can’t talk now
  • cya – See ya
  • CYE – Check your e-mail

D

  • Dis – Disrespect
  • DIY – Do it yourself
  • dl – Download

E

  • ETA – Estimated time of arrival

F

  • f – Female
  • FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
  • fb – Facebook
  • FUBAR – Fouled up beyond all recognition
  • fwd – Forward
  • FWIW – For what it’s worth
  • FYI – For your information

G

  • Gamer – Video game player
  • gf – Girlfriend
  • GG – Good game
  • GJ – Good job
  • GL – Good luck
  • GLHF – Good luck have fun
  • GPS – Global positioning system
  • gr8 – Great
  • GTG – Got to go

H

  • HOAS – Hold on a second
  • HTH – Hope this helps
  • hw – Homework

I

  • IAC – In any case
  • IC – I see
  • IDK – I don’t know
  • IIRC – If I remember correctly
  • IKR – I know, right?
  • IM – Instant Message
  • IMO – In my opinion
  • info – Information
  • IRT – In regards to

J

  • J/K – Just kidding

K

  • K – OK

L

  • L8 – Late
  • l8r – Later
  • LAN – Local Area Network
  • LMAO – Laughing my a** off
  • LMK – Let me know
  • LOL – Laughing out loud

M

  • m – Male
  • MIRL – Meet in real life
  • MMB – Message me back
  • MMO – Massively multiplayer online
  • Mooch – Freeload
  • msg – Message
  • MYOB – Mind your own business

N

  • N/A – Not Available
  • NC – No comment
  • ne1 – Anyone
  • NM – Not much
  • noob – Newbie
  • NP – No problem
  • NTN – No thanks needed

O

  • od – Overdose
  • OMG – Oh my gosh
  • OMW – On my way
  • OT – Off topic

P

  • PC – Personal computer
  • PHAT – Pretty hot and tempting
  • PK – Player Kill
  • pls – Please
  • PM – Postmeridian
  • POS – Parent over shoulder
  • ppl – People
  • pwn – Own

Q

  • qt – Cutie

R

  • re – Regarding
  • ROFL – Rolling on floor laughing
  • ROTFL – Rolling on the floor laughing
  • RPG – Role playing game
  • RSVP – Répondez s’il vous plaît
  • RTFM – Read the flippin’ manual

S

  • sec – Second
  • SMH – Shaking my head
  • SMS – Short Message Service
  • SOS – Someone over shoulder
  • Sry – Sorry
  • sup – What’s up

T

  • TBA – To be announced
  • TBC – To be continued
  • TBD – To be determined
  • TC – Take care
  • thx – Thanks
  • TIA – Thanks in advance
  • TLC – Tender love and care
  • TMI – Too much information
  • Troll – Offensive comments poster
  • TTFN – Ta-ta for now
  • TTYL – Talk to you later
  • Tweet – Twitter post
  • txt – Text
  • TY – Thank you

U

  • u – You
  • U2 – You too
  • ugh – Disgusted
  • UR – Your

V

  • VM – Voicemail
  • vs – Versus

W

  • w/ – With
  • w/e – Whatever
  • w/o – Without
  • W8 – Wait
  • WB – Write back
  • Whoa – Expression of surprise
  • WTF – What the f***

X

  • XOXO – Hugs and kisses

Y

  • Y – Why
  • YOLO – You only live once
  • YW – You’re welcome

Z

  • ZZZ – Sleeping

How do I block or unblock an app in Facebook?

Been getting a lot of app request lately. I do not do the apps thing as you never know what you are getting when allowing these apps access to your account. With Timeline it became a bit of a hassle to block apps, so here is how to do just that with little work.
Blocking an app means it won’t be able to access any information about you from Facebook or send you any requests.If you received a request for an app, and you want to block the app:

  1. Go to the App Center
  2. Click the X button next to the request
  3. When you see the yellow box, click the Block (App Name) link

You can add and manage your blocked apps in the Blocked People and Apps section of your Privacy Settings Page.

To block an app you haven’t received a request from:

  1. Navigate to your Privacy Settings Page
  2. Click Manage Blocking across from Blocked People and Apps
  3. In the Block Apps section, type in the app’s name

To unblock an app:

  1. Navigate to your Privacy Settings Page
  2. Click Manage Blocking across from Blocked People and Apps
  3. In the Block Apps section, find the app you want and click Unblock

Note: You’ll need to grant the app permissions again if you would like to re-add it to your profile (timeline).

Relationship drama: “Ask” button controversy shows Facebook is for stalking, not interrogations

Facebook can sometimes seem like a digital microcosm of your entire life. It’s where you share snippets of personal information with your friends (and the company’s advertising network), chat with everyone you’ve ever met, and make any major life development “Facebook official.” But the harsh dismissal of a new feature allowing Facebook users to ask friends if they are in a relationship when they haven’t told Facebook yet, shows that the service still has its own rules of etiquette — and that it’s not a perfect replica of the real world.

The feature works like this: someone notices that a friend hasn’t filled out the “relationship status” section of their profile, then messages that friend by clicking on a special “ask” button. After the initiator of the request explains why they want to know if the friend is single or not, the friend decides whether to respond, either privately or publicly. It’s basically a private messaging tool made for one type of conversation.

That question wouldn’t seem strange outside of Facebook. People ask each other about their relationships all the time — it’s hardly a taboo subject. But according to the reaction to the feature from sites like Slate, Time, and Jezebel, a feature made for asking Facebook users about their love lives is stranger than Facebook’s new drone-powered future. A betting man probably would have thought that a social network using flying robots to provide Internet access would be stranger than this “ask” button, but it looks like he would have been wrong.

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The Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet.

How to stop the leak?

As long as the vulnerable version of OpenSSL is in use it can be abused. Fixed OpenSSL has been released and now it has to be deployed. Operating system vendors and distribution, appliance vendors, independent software vendors have to adopt the fix and notify their users. Service providers and users have to install the fix as it becomes available for the operating systems, networked appliances and software they use.

What is being leaked?

Encryption is used to protect secrets that may harm your privacy or security if they leak. In order to coordinate recovery from this bug we have classified the compromised secrets to four categories: 1) primary key material, 2) secondary key material and 3) protected content and 4) collateral.

What is leaked primary key material and how to recover?

These are the crown jewels, the encryption keys themselves. Leaked secret keys allows the attacker to decrypt any past and future traffic to the protected services and to impersonate the service at will. Any protection given by the encryption and the signatures in the X.509 certificates can be bypassed. Recovery from this leak requires patching the vulnerability, revocation of the compromised keys and reissuing and redistributing new keys. Even doing all this will still leave any traffic intercepted by the attacker in the past still vulnerable to decryption. All this has to be done by the owners of the services. Continue reading The Heartbleed Bug

Posting multiple picures as a single Facebook status update

We’ve all hit that snag, trying to upload several photos to FB. It is frustrating but we have a solution for you… Yes you can install the plugin but that still limits you to 5 pics at a time.

To do this you use the photo album feature by doing the following:

  • Click Add Photos/Video
  • Click Create Photo Album
  • Select photos to upload.
    • You can hold the command or Ctrl key as you click each one individually or if you have a folder with all the photos you can click on the first one, hold Shift and then click on the last one.
  • Click Open

Notes:

  • All the pictures you want to upload MUST be in the same folder for each batch.
  • You can upload up to 1000 photos per album.
  • You can add one batch then add another from another folder.

That’s all there is to it.

Snapchat Hack Not A Hoax

First off, what is SnapChat:

Snapchat is the fastest way to share a moment with friends. You control how long your friends can view your message – simply set the timer up to ten seconds and send. They’ll have that long to view your message and then it disappears forever. We’ll let you know if they take a screenshot! Build relationships, collect points, and view your best friends. Snapchat is instantly fun and insanely playful. Show your friends how clever you can be and enjoy the lightness of being! – CrunchBase

In comes a site called SnapchatDB.info that has been collecting usernames and phone numbers of users of all 4.6 ShapChat users and has made the in formation publicly available to any and everyone online. They said they did it to expose a recent exploit that has been patched and that the made the data  available to convince the messaging app to beef up their security. Continue reading Snapchat Hack Not A Hoax

Facebook to remove Who can look up your Timeline.

So I logged into Facebook a bit ago and got the following note. Starting with Graph Search, your privacy and how your data is handled has been slowly changing. Let’s see how this plays out, a bit ago I also noted that Google was up to something similar where they would use your data in ads and such. I for one am keeping a close eye on both Facebook and Google+ as they move forward with these changes. Continue reading Facebook to remove Who can look up your Timeline.

Facebook’s Graph Search

In an attempt to keep up with Google and Google+, Facebook is rolling out Graph search to allow users to search through their networks to discover information about family, friends, friends of friends, and complete strangers. While Graph Search doesn’t reveal any new information about users, it does make finding existing information incredibly easy.

To see if you have this feature already or to sign up, go here: https://www.facebook.com/about/graphsearch

While FB is marketing this feature as a way to find movies, places to eat, stay and shop; we know well what it will be really used for.. To search for info on your friends and other people you or anyone else is interested in. The basis of it is what people allows as public and that little thing is what will make this feature either a success or not. The more you leave open, the more anyone can dig up on you.

Let’s say someone posts that they like Belikin, if you run a search for people who like Belikin, they will show up on your list even if you are not tied to them in any way and the same goes the other way around. Searches can be made in many ways and it may just bring up that old picture, song or post you had just about forgotten about.

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