Beyond #DeleteFacebook: More Thoughts on Embracing the Social Internet Over Social Media

I โ€œlikeโ€ ๐Ÿ™‚ almost all the ideas here…

Beyond #DeleteFacebook: More Thoughts on Embracing the Social Internet Over Social Media

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Facebook Lockdown

Warning: I may get slightly snarky below. I’m not intending to belittle anyone’s intelligence, but to forcefully promote the importance of privacy and security.

So… recently I know a number of people’s Facebook accounts that have been “hacked”, and since I don’t want to bore you with the technical details I do want to provide some basic security advice and show you how to lock down your account.

First the basics… While I know it may be super tempting, or you “just weren’t thinking”…

  • NEVER click on a link you don’t recognize and have a reason to click on. I don’t care if it’s unicorns and rainbows or will create world peace. Stop clicking on links for no reason. What’s a reason? Ex, your friend messages you and says, “Hey [what they would normally call you], here’s a great recipe we tried last night and [some family member of theirs] really enjoyed it [link]”. Notice how actual identifying information was included in that and it was targeted?
  • But what about all the great articles on Facebook? Do you recognize the domain? Do you have a real reason to be going there? Maybe you should log out of Facebook and delete your account? But anyway, same rules apply… unless you recognize where the link is going to and you have a real reason – don’tclick on the link!
  • Here we’re going to get a little Facebook specific, but NEVER install apps, games, or allow third party access to any part of your profile unless you are 100% sure of the legitimacy. In fact, delete all apps with access to your account. Ready, for a real link? Here’s where you can delete apps with access to your account. You’ve heard of Cambridge Analytica, right? If not, go delete your Facebook account right now and never log back in.
  • Ok, back to the basics… Never use the same password for sites. Hint, your Facebook account getting hijacked isn’t usually because of a bad password, it’s usually for one of the reasons above which I why this is listed forth. Still… don’t use the same passwords.
  • Ok, ready for probably the most important thing you can do other than following the items above? Enable two factor authentication EVERYWHERE. In fact, go back and read that article I wrote 4 years ago.

Ok, now I’m getting tired as this may be one of my longest posts ever. So, to wrap it up, here’s how to enable two factor authentication on your FB account (note, even 2FA won’t protect you from clicking on stupid links and installing apps).

  1. Install an authenticator app on your phone like Google Authenticator.
  2. Go to your Facebook security settings:ย https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security
  3. Under “Setting Up Extra Security” enable “Use two-factor authentication”
  4. Under “Code Generator”, click the “third party app” link to generate a QR code you can scan w/ the Google Authenticator app.
  5. Follow the instructions.

Now, go enable 2FA for your other important accounts like banking and Google/GMail.

But most importantly, stop clicking on links!

PS: Again, apologies for any snarkyness. It’s interesting because in the wake of theย cambridge analytica, #DeleteFacebook, and other campaigns I’ve been thinking of what it would take to create a distributed, secure, no ads based, non-profit social network. If you know of one already I would be interested. If not, and you’re a developer who might be interested in working on such a project, please let me know.

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Lean or Agile? Why choose when you can have it all? The power of applying Agile with a Lean mindset

Interesting article. I have the book queued up for perusal. If you have a subscription to Safari Books you can read it too!

Lean or Agile? Why choose when you can have it all? The power of applying Agile with a Lean mindset

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The Matador Defense – TWiT

I would strongly recommend listening to the segment on Facebook

This Week in Tech 658 The Matador Defense | TWiT.TV

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The Real History of Daylight Saving Time

And now you know…

The Real History of Daylight Saving Time

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Designing a Frugal But Luxurious FI Life by Age 32 with Liz Thames

Lots of practical advice and hard work here…

Designing a Frugal But Luxurious FI Life by Age 32 with Liz Thames

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It’s Your Ship

Just finished It’s Your Ship, and can’t recommend it highly enough! I haven’t read a book in a while that spoke to what I might call a “personal philosophy”, but this is about as close as it gets. Love the focus on feedback, fun, and treating people like responsible adults.

Leadership principles outline in the book:

  • Take command
  • Learn real leadership
  • Lead by example
  • Listen aggressively
  • Communicate purpose and meaning
  • Create a climate of trust
  • Look for results, not salutes
  • Take calculated risks
  • Go beyond standard procedure
  • Build up your people
  • Generate unity
  • Improve your people’s quality of life
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Still the Most Important Piece of Financial Advice Youโ€™ll Ever Receive

โ€œOf course, simply spending less may not be the solution to every financial problem that we encounter. But it is the solution to most.โ€

Still the Most Important Piece of Financial Advice Youโ€™ll Ever Receive

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Telling Our Kids To “Walk Up, Not Out” Isn’t Just Wrong, It’s Incredibly Dangerous

Absolutely love every bit of this. Just a few nuggets…

“it isn’t an either/or proposition”

“Walking out is a powerful political statement being made by students too young to vote, but old enough to have performed multiple lockdown drills in their school.”

“insinuating that children are responsible for mass gun violence because they simply don’t take the time to “befriend the lonely kid” is not only victim-blaming, it’s dangerous”

“Walk up to the mirror, look yourself in the eyes, and tell yourself that you’ve done everything you can to prevent the next mass shooting. And if you can’t, stop looking to the students to save themselves and start looking at yourself.”

Telling Our Kids To “Walk Up, Not Out” Isn’t Just Wrong, It’s Incredibly Dangerous

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The Value of Fasting (from Anything). And How to Get Started.

Have been trying this in various forms since around the beginning of this year. Thus far I’ve had success with abstaining from alcohol for almost 100 days, and intermittent fasting off and on. Haven’t had anything stick, but it does feel good to know that sometimes you can maintain some of that old self control… at least for a while.

The Value of Fasting (from Anything). And How to Get Started.

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