Facebook concerned with security

Since this was hardly in the news last week, I am sure most everyone missed this little story. I am sure even more eyes missed the comments I made to a friend’s posting of the story on FB.

Ryan Singel, of Wired.com, posted “Facebook Enabled HTTPS So You Can Share Without Being Hijacked” article. FB has finally implemented secure login from a users computer to FB, but only after Mr. Zuckerberg’s own account was apparently hijacked. Google implemented HTTPS on GMail last year over consumer concerns.

Security objectives in protecting consumer and company information is a shared responsibility by the business and technology organizations. I thought it would be appropriate to memorialize my comments for others to benefit on what are the fundamental security objectives. My response to my friends posting of “After Mark Zuckerberg’s own account was seemingly hijacked…” on FB are below in quotes.

We are thinking about this now and only after this? It makes you think how they treat security in other areas of their business. The basic tenants of any company is to secure data while in transit (such as your password and personal information traversing the Internet), data being process (prevent malicious software from acting on your password/personal information during login), and data at rest (controlling access to your password/personal information stored in their systems). If FB latest actions are a result of this story, it is a reactive response and continues to add doubt on how they treat the security/privacy of your personal information.


Linking WordPress Blog to Facebook

I have been very busy at work lately with the redesign of our company web site and the multitude of projects. As a result, I have been delinquent in researching new techniques for cool Internet tools. Linking your WordPress Blog to your Facebook profile using the Facebook API is the latest integration that peaked my interest.

Have you every ask the question “How can I automatically share my blog posts with my Facebook community? Yes you can! I found this cool little WordPress plugin that links into the Facebook API so you can do this. I had to figure this one out and the steps didn’t come that easy, so I decided to make a video showing you how this can be accomplished.

The only prerequisite is your WordPress blog must be on a hosted server and it needs to be version 2.8.4. The plugin is WPBook from John Eckman. John did a nice job with incorporating the Facebook API integration. His work made the installation very easy to perform and configure. You can see the result at Dave Gumpper’s Profile page on Facebook.

The video does provide a step-by-step instruction, so have fun and learn. If you need help with this or anything with WordPress, contact me at dgumpperATyahooDOTcom. If you have any comments regarding the steps or the video, please add them to the post. ENJOY!!

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