Facebook Rules of Engagement

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A couple of articles over on Sophos’ website caught my attention and I thought I share some information from them.

Our research shows that 41% of Facebook users will divulge personal information – such as email address, date of birth and phone number – to a complete stranger, greatly increasing their susceptibility to identity theft. In most cases, it was possible to access users’ family photos, information about likes/dislikes, hobbies, employer details and other personal facts – all information that could help a criminal guess someone’s password or impersonate them. Many more have made details of their friends and family freely available to millions of other Facebook users.

This is something I just don’t understand. Either people these days are becoming more comfortable sharing private information over the internet or people are just ignorant concerning the dangers of divulging too much information.

To aid people in keep their private stuff private, Sophos recommended the following:

Adjust Facebook privacy settings to help protect your identity

Unlike some other social networking sites, Facebook has provided some powerful options to protect you online – but it’s up to you to use them!
Think carefully about who you allow to become your friend

Once you have accepted someone as your friend they will be able to access any information about you (including photographs) that you have marked as viewable by your friends. You can remove friends at any time should you change your mind about someone.
Show “limited friends” a cut-down version of your profile

You can choose to make people ‘limited friends’ who only have access to a cut-down version of your profile if you wish. This can be useful if you have associates who you do not wish to give full friend status to, or feel uncomfortable sharing personal information with.
Disable options, then open them one by one

Think about how you want to use Facebook. If it’s only to keep in touch with people and be able to contact them then maybe it’s better to turn off the bells and whistles. It makes a lot of sense to disable an option until you have decided you do want and need it, rather than start with everything accessible.

Good tips, if you ask me. They have a walk-through to assist Facebook users in securing their profile. It’s very informative and I highly recommend parents, teachers and students take a look.

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Thank you, everyone

You did it, I’ve reached the century mark. If you recall, I asked you to help me reach 100 subscribers to my feedburner feed. And here’s the proof:

100 subscribes

Thanks to you I now have 100 subscribers. Let’s keep the ball rolling and move on to 200!

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New iPods Released

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Hey everyone, I’m back in the saddle again but now on a daily basis. Today I talk about the future of the podcast (since it’s now daily) and biefly talk about the new iPods and the iPhone that I got my hands on.

Briefly about the new iPods:

  • New nano “fatty” version with wireless.
  • New iPod Touch with wireless
  • New iPhone with 16GB capacity
  • 8GB iphone price cut to $399
  • Feel free to leave comments or send feedback to geek@jesusgeek.info. You can call and leave voicemail at 518-290-0228. This podcast is released under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License license.

    Jesus Geek is a member of the My Life Ministries Network: a community of ministries that views the everyday Christian life as a ministry and seeks to encourage Christians in their daily walk with Christ.

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    Lunar Eclipse Photos

    I got up at oh-dark-thirty this morning to watch the lunar eclipse occur. I had clear skies until near totality. I kept taking pictures until the moon was no longer visible through the clouds.

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    8-bit Highschool Musical

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    This week I’ll be talking about 8-bit music, what to do with those old Altoids tins, paper batteries and more.

    The rockin’ bed music for this episode was provided by Bryan Bridges.

    Feel free to leave comments or send feedback to geek@jesusgeek.info. You can call and leave voicemail at 518-290-0228. This podcast is released under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License license.

    Jesus Geek is a member of the My Life Ministries Network: a community of ministries that views the everyday Christian life as a ministry and seeks to encourage Christians in their daily walk with Christ.

    Show notes:

    Herbert Midgley’s blog and YouTube channel.
    Mac OS X and Windows XP shortcut keys.
    Microsoft’s list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows XP.
    8bitpeoples.com
    Altoids field soldering kit
    Altoids survival kit and Bennett’s Expedient Survival Tin (BEST)
    Turn a pencil into a light
    Beyond Batteries: Storing Power in a Sheet of Paper

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