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.


Are you using Facebook Connect? [Poll]

Facebook Connect is becoming more prevalent as a login method to get access to accounts/profiles on other web sites. More or less, Facebook is becoming an Internet ID card similar to a library card. If you have a Facebook account, you can show your card and have access to the other web sites that provide the feature.

Meetup.com is one of those sites. With a few simple clicks Continue reading “Are you using Facebook Connect? [Poll]”

WordPress Plugin – WordPress 2 Ping.fm for Social Media Experts

It has been a week of finding great WordPress Plugins. Today I found a plugin to help me distribute the posting on my WordPress blog to all my social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Pages, and LinkedIn. WordPress 2 Ping.fm is the plugin of choice.

Ping.fm has become a favorite tool for social media junkies because it allows you to write a post in one location and distribute it to your network of social media accounts.

The problem was how to get my blog posts to all my social media accounts. The answer, install WordPress 2 Ping.fm plugin to distribute my blog post to Ping.fm. Then Ping.fm distributes the post to the social media network. Bingo!

Dashboard of Ping.fmIt was very easy. The steps are:

  • Create an account on Ping.fm.
  • Add your social media sites by selecting on the “Add To Network”.
  • When at the Dashboard, select Application Keys and copy the long string.
  • Install WordPress 2 Ping.fm plugin from the Plugins “New Add” in the WP admin dashboard.
  • Go to Ping.fm in the Settings section and add your Ping.fm key
  • Select the radio button for All Categories and save.
  • DONE!

It is that easy. Every time I post an article on my blog, it is distributed to my network of social media sites.

I like this one-to-many type of communication. I can simply touch the many social communities that I belong too with a push of one button. Have fun and let me know what you think.

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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Bing “Best Summer Photo” Facebook Contest

Bing Wants To Feature Your Best Summer Photo — No Keg Stands, Please. Bing has announced the Bing Summer Travel Photo Contest and is seeking your best vacation photo through your Facebook application. Yes, a contest on Facebook for Bing. Maybe it will be your picture from this summer travels that will be used on Bing. Of course there are rules, so find the Bing page on Facebook. Oh yeah, it is the Facebook community which gets to rank the pictures and selects the winner.

Go to Bing Summer Travel Photo Contest for more details.