Sunday, January 27, 2013

In the wrong hands (mine?) this could become a “Best Practice” for Identity Theft. I'm encouraged that at least some users questioned the request.
Instagram Asking For Your Government Issued Photo IDs Now, Too
Over the past week, a number of users of the popular photo sharing app Instagram and parent company Facebook have been locked out of their accounts and prompted by both services to upload images of their government issued photo IDs to regain access, as CNET first reported on Tuesday.
Concerned users seeking to regain account access have turned to several outlets online, including Yahoo Answers, to try and determine whether or not the prompts asking for images of their IDs are real or are hacking attempts.
… More frustrating still for some users, not all IDs have been accepted, leading Facebook and Instagram to send follow-up emails asking users to provide more documentation, including their birth certificates, if necessary. [I'm so old, my Birth Certificate didn't come with a photo Bob]
… As it turns out, the requests are official and are being done by Instagram and Facebook in response to suspected violations of the two social networks’ distinct terms of service. [So this only happens when you are a violator? Bob]
“This is just a general practice for both Facebook and Instagram to request photo IDs for verification purposes depending on what type of violation [So not all violations? Bob] may have occurred,” a spokesperson for Facebook told TPM.

This is why I carry a small photo of my lawyer to tape over the camera lens. (I also hack the GPS to say “Mars”)
Lookout Android app now snaps your phone thief's image
… A new feature in Lookout Security & Antivirus for Android, called Lock Cam, automatically snaps a photo from a phone's front-facing camera after three unsuccessful unlock attempts. Lookout then sends you an e-mail about the attempted intrusion, along with a photo of the culprit.
Users can then log onto to see the location of the phone, as well as its location history.
… Lock Cam is clearly a lure for Lookout's Premium service, which costs $30 per year (or $3 per month) and adds extra features such as remote wipe and remote lock. A new Premium feature, added in the latest update, lets users add custom messages to their phones' lock screens, such as a phone number to call or a request to return the phone to its rightful owner.
Keep in mind, though, that you don't need to pay Lookout's annual subscription fee to get remote wipe on Android phones. Third-party apps SeekDroid and Cerberus offer remote wipe, remote lock, and other security features for a one-time fee. Another app that's in beta now, called Android Lost, provides many of these services for free.

“Maybe we'll notify users, maybe we'll blame the Credit Card companies...” Would implementing fees for using the card push enough users back to checks to cost companies far more than they save? Will they have to give notice?
"A speedbump on the road to a cash-free economy will go into effect Sunday in the USA, as retailers in 40 states will have the option of passing along a surcharge to customers who pay with credit cards. The so-called swipe fees arose from the settlement of a seven-year lawsuit filed by retailers against Visa, Mastercard, and big banks, who collect an electronic processing fee averaging 1.5 to 3 percent on transactions involving credit cards. The banks naturally have opposed the consumer surcharges, preferring that the extra costs to be passed along in the form of higher prices. Consumers in ten states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, Texas) won't be affected, since laws in those states forbid the practice (it seems that gasoline station owners here in Massachusetts got a different memo, though). Also, the surcharges won't be collected for debit or prepaid cards."

Because you never know when the urge to learn might strike...
5 Places To Find Free Educational eBooks
The Harvard Classics
Some of the most important works of literature are a part of the dozens of volumes available in The Harvard Classics. They were curated by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and were published in 1909. They’re available in open format here and here..
Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free e-books (free epub books, free kindle books, read online, or download them).
The go-to source for the classics, features Gray’s Anatomy, the Harvard Classics (see above), the King James Bible, and just about every major publication you could ever require.
OER Commons
Open Educational Resources (aka OER Commons) boasts more than 40,000, well, resources for teachers.
ICDL – International Children’s Digital Library
Just like a brick-and-mortar library, the ICDL feels just like what you’re accustomed to. It lets you become a member, take out books, and do even more.

How The World Uses Social Networks (Insanely Detailed Infographic)

I might use this in a Data Mining scavenger hunt. Find it fast or don't find it at all...
… With “This Link Will Self Destruct”, you can create short links with all kinds of options.
The main feature of this site is the ability to make your link expire after an amount of time you choose. You can choose anywhere between minutes and weeks. You can also set a certain number of uses before the link self destructs. This is really useful if you don’t want your link floating around the Internet for anyone to see. You can send it to the person you want to see it, and have it go away when they are done.
In addition to expiration time, you can also set the level of security. The more secure the link, the longer it will be. You can add a password to make it so only people you give that to can get access to the content of the link.
Similar tool: DyingLinks.

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