Did You Know “Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages, if you act quickly”?

Unlike the “unsend” feature in Instagram’s direct messages, however, you will only have 10 minutes from when you send the message on Facebook Messenger to delete it from the chat for both parties. Similar to WhatsApp’s delete feature, the removed message will be replaced with a line of text saying that you “removed a message.”

Facebook Messenger's unsend feature.

Source: Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages, if you act quickly

IMPORTANT: Posting your kid’s photo to Facebook? Maybe think twice.

Technology and Facebook can be wonderful things; however, as technology continues to advance (such as facial recognition), we cannot foresee how this technology can be used in a way that can ultimately compromise our being for financial gain, or ill intent. In all my years as a tech guru, I have seen the good that technology has benefited us; but, there will always be that element of evil that will take technology advancement and use it against us. I encourage you to read this article about posting our kids on Facebook or any social network for that matter and how this ultimately profiles them in a way (as they develop) and how this could be used in the future.

In other words, it’s possible that your precious child’s face is already being studied and analyzed by Facebook in its efforts to build better facial recognition algorithms. What those algorithms could be used for in the future is anyone’s guess, as even Facebook won’t confirm they will just stick to suggested photo tags.

Source: Posting your kid’s photo to Facebook? Maybe think twice.

Scam Alert: Don’t Fall For This Facebook ‘Friend Request From You’ Message | by Putnam Daily Voice

Been receiving messages from my Facebook friends that they received another friend request from me and noticed others have been receiving this as well.  Did some research on this and found that this is all BOGUS. Just stop doing it and disregard those messages…  You can read more on this by clicking on the source link below or Google it (numerous sources out there on this matter).

You can stop forwarding that latest warning from your Facebook friends about your account being cloned. You weren’t. It’s bogus. And you’re just making it worse. It starts out:

“Hi….I actually got another friend request from you yesterday…which I ignored so you may want to check your account…” Then it tells you to “hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears…then hit forward….” Your account isn’t sending duplicate friend requests. And you didn’t receive a request from the person you’re forwarding it to.

Source: Scam Alert: Don’t Fall For This Facebook ‘Friend Request From You’ Message | Putnam Daily Voice

How to Delete Your Facebook Account | by PCMag.com

You can delete your account (permanently) but, nothing is ever permanent when it comes to the internet (and that includes Facebook).

To fully delete your Facebook account forever and ever, go to facebook.com/help/delete_account. Just be aware that, per the Facebook data use policy, “after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users.”

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Source: How to Delete Your Facebook Account | PCMag.com

A Google Chrome Browser Extension That Will Help you Quickly Delete Years of Facebook Posts 

If you are a Facebook junkie and also use the Google Chrome Browser take a look at the Social Book Post Manager that is featured on Lifehacker…

Called Social Book Post Manager, the extension allows you to delete all your posts on the social network before a specific date, or specify the types of posts you’d like to delete through word search. For instance, you can search for posts that contain the name of your ex, or “weed.”

Source: Quickly Delete Years of Facebook Posts With This Chrome Extension

Here is how to Download Your Entire Facebook History

  1. Open a new tab in your web browser and head to Facebook.com and login.
  2. Click on the downward arrow in the top-right corner and choose Settings, or head to Facebook.com/settings.
  3. At the bottom of the General tab click on “Download a copy of your Facebook data.
  4. Select what you would like to include, or leave everything selected (default) then click Create File.
  5. Wait until your data is ready to download. You will receive a notification when it’s done.
  6. Click on the notification, review the file size, then click Download.
  7. Enter your account password to confirm your identity, then wait for the download to complete.

Source: MakeUseOf

How can I tell if my Facebook information was shared with Cambridge Analytica?

How can I tell if my info was shared with Cambridge Analytica?

Facebook has a page set up to help you determine if your Facebook data was compromised by Cambridge Analytica (which was used to influence people during the last Presidential Election). I encourage all Facebook users to do this… VERY IMPORTANT!

Click the source link below to go directly to the Facebook Help Center: 

Source: How can I tell if my information was shared with Cambridge Analytica? | Facebook Help Center

Download Your Facebook Data (you will be shocked and surprised)

In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where an app developer was able to sell your personal Facebook data to a research firm that helped Donald Trump win the election, Facebook has (and still is) taking some major league heat on this; and, rightfully so. As a result of this scandal, Facebook has vowed to become more transparent on how they use our personal information. Following the news on this, Facebook users became very concerned and wanted to know how to download their Facebook data.

With that out of the way, how do I download my data from Facebook?

The easiest way is to click the link below or enter the following web address in your browser:

https://www.facebook.com/settings

Note: You can also get to the settings by clicking on the small “downward facing triangle or arrow”, at the top right corner, on any of your facebook pages (after you log in).

Then, simply click on “Download a copy of your Facebook data”… After which, the following will appear where you then click on “Start My Archive”.

After you click on “Start My Archive” you will be prompted to enter your Facebook password.

Once the password is accepted, you will receive a notice on the screen advising that an email will be sent to the email address you registered with Facebook with instructions to complete the download.

When you receive the email, you can click on a link (in the email) that will take you back to the “Download Archive” page, where you will once again click on the “Download Archive” button, enter your Facebook Password, at which point you will be prompted to save the download.

The downloaded data will be contained within a “zip” file. A zip file is one file that contains many files and you should be able to open the “zip file” by double clicking on it, to see the contents. If you fail to download the data within a few day, you will have to repeat this process. The file size for the data will be large and may take time, so be patient.

Once the data is downloaded, open the file and click on the file named “index” to navigate the downloaded data. You will be shocked and surprised at everything that has been collected.

Maybe, “Big Brother” is watching…

 

 

How can I reset all “PAST” public posts on Facebook to be friends-only posts?

I am big on privacy and security and never wanted anything to to with Facebook; HOWEVER, this past year I caved in. I am actually enjoying Facebook and have used the site to promote the blog (click here) and another public Facebook page I am experimenting with, called “Protection of Our First Amendment Rights – The Fake News Daily“. Again, I am big on privacy and security; AND, one downfall with Facebook is navigating the menus to turn privacy and security features “on and off”.

For example, after seeing how my private Facebook page looked on the public side, I noticed there were posts on the public page that I did not want there. As a matter of fact, I didn’t want any of my private (friends only) posts on the public page and commenced researching “How can I reset all “PAST” public posts on Facebook to be friends-only posts?

Here is the instructions I found and decided to post them here on the blog for others:

  1. Open up your Facebook page
  2. Click on the small triange in the upper right corner of the blue bar (at the top of the window)
  3. On the menu click on “Settings”
  4. On the left sidebar, click on “Privacy”
  5. When the privacy window opens, on the right side, click on “Limit Past Posts” (to expand that section).
  6. Click on “Limit Old Posts” (click on graphic below to see example)
  7. Click on “Confirm” (see graphic further below)

 

A New Facebook Feature Will Alert You When Your Face Shows Up In A Photo

Plucked this news from the Android Police that all you Facebook users need to know about.

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Using facial recognition technology, Facebook can alert you to any photos in which you’re visible regardless of whether or not you’ve been tagged. Soon, the Facebook app will have an opt-in toggle for the facial recognition alert. When enabled, notifications appear in your account when Facebook thinks it spotted you in a photo. 

SOURCE: Android Police 

Geek Squeak: New Facebook Feature To Snooze A Friend

Tired of seeing my political posts on your timeline? You don’t have to “unfriend or unfollow” me, just put me in snooze. I truly hope you don’t do that because I do look for news that I think you “need to know” and is factual; however, if you must, just put me to sleep (in Facebook Snooze).

With Snooze, you don’t have to unfollow or unfriend permanently, rather just stop seeing someone’s posts for a short period of time. The people, Pages, and groups you snooze will not be notified. You will be notified before the Snooze period is about to end and the setting can also be reversed at any time… READ MORE

SOURCE: Facebook Newsroom

Best Facebook Lite and Facebook Messenger Alternative

Ok, if you are looking for an alternative “lighter version” of Facebook and Facebook Messenger, for your Android smartphone, go with “Friendly For Facebook”. I have tried every “lite” version app out there and “Friendly For Facebook” has topped them all. I have found it to be very reliable with minimal space usage, memory usage, and battery usage; plus, the notification feature and the ability to upload a photo (or video) works quite well (which was important to me). The Facebook Messenger component is built right into the same app. What I found with many of the other “lite” versions out there is that either/or the notification feature was not available and/or the ability to upload a photo/video simply would cause the upload to hang.

Why would you want to go with a “lite” version option?  The true Facebook app and Facebook Messenger app will consume a large amount of space on your phone, will use more memory and will cause noticeable battery drain. If you are experiencing noticeable problems when running Facebook, you may want to uninstall it, then you may want to install a “lighter” version (such as “Friendly For Facebook). The “lighter” apps for Facebook are built (by third party developers) as an extension of the Facebook mobile website. By going “lite”, you will preserve your battery, storage and data, while giving you back control over your news feed. The lighter versions may not be as robust at the true Facebook app; but, it gets the job done.

Why You’ll Love Friendly
• Download videos from Facebook
• Take control of your news feed with Keyword Filters.
• Sort your news feed by most recent posts.
• Block FB Ads
• No need for another Facebook messenger app
• Secure your account with Fingerprint & Passcode Lock
• Quickly switch between multiple FB accounts
• Beautiful material themes
• Fast Facebook lite app! Don’t settle for anything else.


SOURCE: Go to the Google Play Store on your smartphone, search for “Friendly For Facebook”.  You can take a look at the app, here on the web by “clicking here“.

We use Facebook as a tool to connect, but there are those people who use that connectivity for malicious purposes…

Since I started using Facebook, I am seriously looking at the security and privacy ramifications that we expose ourselves to when we do social networking (such as Facebook). With that being said, I encourage you to read “4 Ways to Crack a Facebook Password & How to Protect Yourself from Them“.

You will see more postings, from me, in the future in regards to Facebook vs. Security and Privacy, as an effort to help protect ourselves from that element of our society who prey on honest people.

FREE Lightweight Android App Alternative For Both Facebook and Facebook Messenger

I have heard from folks, especially on the lower spec phones, where the full install of Facebook and Facebook Messenger cause their phones to slow down (due to background memory usage) and that the space on their phones is eaten up (due to the large install size and subsequent caching of data). The full install of the Facebook app consumes approximately 80 MB plus; and, the full install of Messenger consumes 54 MB plus; thus, after using both apps and factoring in the caching of data, you are getting into hundreds of megabytes of data being consumed (and that is not factoring in the background memory being used).

After doing some research for an alternative option, due to my phone being a low spec phone and hearing the complaints from people, I opted to give an Android app called “Swift for Facebook Lite” a try (see source link below). The full install is approximately 30 MB for both Facebook and Messenger with data caching rising to approximately 100 MB. I messed around with some of the other options out there but was not impressed due to the advertisements that kept popping up. With “Swift for Facebook Lite”, I am not seeing that, YET!.

Anyhow, from my testing so far, this is working for me with no degradation in the performance of my phone and does everything I need it to do (when it comes to reading/responding to my timeline, receiving notifications and using messenger). This may lack some of the bells and whistles from the full install of the true Facebook and Messenger apps; but, you may want to give this a try, especially if you have a low spec phone that is not rich in memory or disk space.

Free, lightweight alternative for both Facebook and Facebook messenger which allows you to chat, call, video call with your Facebook friends, send emoticon, videos, images, gift, browse newsfeed, comments, etc… and protect your privacy.

Save your battery and memory
– Only 6MB and 30MB roughly after installing compared to hundred of MB by official Facebook and Messenger
– Background connection to Facebook server is optimized to save battery
– Using no more than 20MB RAM to save your battery
– Simplify Facebook layout to save your battery

Protect you privacy
– Login and chat instantly using Facebook account with public profile (we don’t need this but it’s default by Facebook)
– Requires only handful of permissions to let you send and receive images downloaded from Facebook
– Please take a look at our privacy policy at the end of this page for more information

Very smart and easy to use
– Both Facebook and Messenger in a small app
– Push notifications to make sure that you never miss a message
– Compatible with older Android version
– Send images, download videos from Facebook
– Video call and voice call with Facebook friends (for Android 5 and later)


SOURCE: Google Play – Swift for Facebook Lite (to install on your Android Smartphone, open the Google Play app on your phone and search for “Swift for Facebook Lite”)

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