twitter – PrivaSecTech Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:33:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Opening your social network profile Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:12:05 +0000 Continue reading Opening your social network profile]]> There have been a lot of stories about what happens when you reveal your social network profile, especially your geo-location information. Probably made famous first with Please Rob Me which would post open Foursquare profile data, showing when you’re not at home. While it’s since been shut down, such information is still being used. The Girls Around Me app is getting media attention this week, which shows women in your area, with links to their online profiles.

I have no issue with using open profiles and geo-location, as long as you’re aware of the risks and making an education decision. If you’re not aware of the potential repercussions, you probably want to stay away until you’re better informed.

On all social networks, there are options to close your profile, so it’s not open for the general public to see. This applies to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare, for example. Try looking yourself up on each of these, see what you can find!


Had your Twitter or Facebook hacked? Fri, 26 Aug 2011 21:44:39 +0000 Continue reading Had your Twitter or Facebook hacked?]]> If your friends ever tell you that they’ve received spam from your account, but you didn’t send it, likely your account was compromised. The following steps are generally good business practice to follow regularly, anyway. So follow them as you read this:

  • Change your Facebook and Twitter passwords
  • Go to the Twitter applications page as well as the Facebook applications page and remove access to anything you don’t need or use regularly
  • Make sure you have set https:// always on for Twitter as well as Facebook. 
  • Run a full anti-virus scan on your personal computer to ensure it has not been compromised
  • Make sure all software on your personal computer is up to date (older software can often be compromised)
That’s it, happy socializing!
Using a secure connection where possible Thu, 12 May 2011 21:17:48 +0000 Continue reading Using a secure connection where possible]]> I received a lot of feedback after my post yesterday about creating a permanent SSL (https://) connection to Facebook. It’s most important to use SSL anywhere you don’t want people to see what you’re doing/looking at. For example, anything with a form that asks for personal information, or when you login to a site using your password, or where you enter your credit card or banking information. At a minimum, all of these things should be https://. Anything not using https:// (SSL) can be sniffed (it’s plain text so people can watch/read/log what you’re doing).
If you can’t find it on your favourite website, contact them and ask them to to make SSL always on. Here is an example of how to do this on Twitter, for example:

twitter - https

What other websites can you find this setting on? Also, make sure your bookmarks are for the https:// version of the website, and not the http:// version.


Update on usage based billing (UBB) Tue, 01 Feb 2011 20:46:28 +0000 Continue reading Update on usage based billing (UBB)]]> This image is getting a lot of attention. Today Michael Geist has released an article on Unpacking The Policy Issues Behind Bandwidth Caps & Usage Based Billing.

My MP has told me she opposes gouging consumers through usage-based billing. The liberal party is against UBB. Tony Clement, the industry minister has stated he is also reviewing the decision. The prime minister’s office has just said they’ve requested a review of the CRTC’s decision. With 250,000 Canadians having signed the sign the meter campaign, it looks likely the CRTC decision will be overturned.

The big question now is strategy; I hope my friends Steve Anderson and Rocky from Teksavvy have a next steps strategy that such a powerful momentum can put us into an internet landscape that has the world’s respect, as right now we’re a laughing stock.