DNA NOW USED TO HACK COMPUTERS

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It is no longer just in SCI-FI movies or series where all sorts of unbelievable happenings took place. Things that remain unbelievable including using DNA to by-pass a computer’s pass codes in the investigative series. Well, this is not new to us. We have seen these happenings severally including going to the extent of looking at a person’s past events before death in Stitchers (your one unbelievable but interesting sci-fi series).

It is now a reality knocking and coming through. Research claims that now a DNA strand transcript with a malware can be used to infect computers and hack one’s way through the computer and get access to your details. This comes after a the University of Washington researchers say they successfully used custom strands of DNA to hack into computer, making this the first time for this to happen.

The DNA strands were encoded with a code which they said was to transmit the malware from biological to the technology scenes.

According to, Tadayoshi Kohno and Luis Ceze from the Paul G Allen school of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington, they were able to remotely exploit and gain full control over the computer using the synthetic DNA. The DNA bases were read by a DNA sequencing equipment  which converted the molecular code into a computer code which had the ability to take over any computer that was connected to the DNA sequencer.

They stated that “The hack was only possible because of weakness in the DNA sequencing software, and only in this specific instance.” This therefore means that we should not have any cause of worry as it is not bound to happen anytime soon. “Note there is not present cause for alarm about the present-day threats. We have no evidence to believe that the security of DNA sequencing or DNA data in general is currently under attack”

Their research results was used to illustrate and bring to light the need for an enhanced security systems for computers and their users within all aspects of security including the DNA sequencing systems which are in use today.  This comes after the availability of an open-source sequencing software used by many labs for analysis of results. This not only portrays a need for more security within physical interactions of computers with humans but also a need for more cyber-security as the DNA sequences can easily be passed over the internet.

We all have to take caution, despite it not being a cause for concern in the near future. Well, we cannot still ignore it as technology gives us surprises after researchers having proved that it is possible to transfer data earlier on. Who knows whether within the next few months, that is the technique most hackers may be using. LET’S BE ALERT AND KEEP WATCH.

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FACEBOOK IS EATING AND BREAKING THE INTERNET ONCE AGAIN

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They never cease to stop amazing us with new inventions and items that the programmers at Mark Zuckeburg’s chamber have in store for each of us. They are ever releasing new features and inventions to keep us all in the look for what next they are about to release. They did it once again. They are introducing a new video option within its feeds and menu.

This comes aside from the common video platforms like: YouTube, Vidme and Vimeo which take the lead as some of the most popularized video viewing platforms. Well, this did not scare away Facebook from trying out its luck in the video arena also.

From tomorrow, Facebook is expected to begin rolling out the video option in some parts of US as its first part mission in integrating this new feature into its systems. Facebook aims to also make this new feature accessible to other parts of the world. They aim at making people get onto Facebook much longer, not only to view their normal news and socialize with family and friends but now to stick around watching their own programmed videos.

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Most of the videos will be programmed by Facebook itself and having some slots for a few others where, Facebook will be paying out 5% to the owners and the other 45% is retained by Facebook. However, it will also give out ad revenue to those who are publishing their own videos on their platform. Publishers also will be allowed breaks between their videos for adverts for those who want to generate an extra income from their episodes.

According to  Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckeberg, he says, “We believe it’s possible to rethink a lot of experiences through the lens of building community — including watching video. Watching a show doesn’t have to be passive . . . You’ll be able to chat and connect with people during an episode, and join groups with people who like the same shows afterwards to build community.”

A look at some of the videos they will be  are:

  • A&E’s “Bae or Bail:” – Reality TV game show where couples face their fears and see who runs
  • Gabby Bernstein – Motivational speaker and author answers fans’ life questions in live and recorded segments
  • Major League Baseball – The MLB will broadcast one game a week live on Facebook
  • Major League Baseball “12:25 Live” –  A comedic look at baseball with help from the fans
  • Mike Rowe – Rowe finds people who’ve done great things for their community and gives them a special experience in return
  • Nas Daily – Vlogger Nas (Correction: Not the rapper) makes videos with his biggest friends each day
  • Tastemade’s Kitchen Little – This cooking show sees kids watch a how-to recipe video, then instruct a pro chef how to make the dish with comedic results
  • All Def Digital’s “Inside the Office” – A look inside the office life at Russel Simmons’ hip-hop media empire

On the Facebook platform, users will be given multiple options to choose from on what video they want to watch. They will be displayed with a list to scroll through a number of shows and their various categories to choose from. Once a user opens an episode of a show, they will be able to see all details about the show and also have an option or a tab to join others watching the episode to have a live comment interaction with each other. This is a good move by Facebook as more people will be attracted more to the famous social media site having an edge over most other social sites. This is a bonus to them having almost hit a record of having 2 billion people using their site. With the income of the new watch option, thee will be no additional restrictions but all other standards set by Facebook will stand.

Am utterly amazed and awed by this new move by Facebook. Imagine after a whole tiring day, one can actually relax and watch one of their favorite episodes while having live interactions AMAAAZING with others also watching the same episode. This will be of help bringing those with similar interests together. The new feature by Facebook could soon be giving YouTube a run for its money with their new release.

Lets all enjoy the new feature.

 

 

 

 

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PASSWORD SECURITY GUIDELINES:THE HIDDEN TRUTH REVEALED

N3v3r m1^d, L1f3 Characters, letters and numbers mixed up all together is a common item for our eyes to see and for the brain to jumble about. This isn’t something new to us. We have used them severally with the believe that they are protecting our data and ensuring our privacy is intact. Y’all know by now what am referring to here , PASSWORDS. We have used them severally that it has become almost like a ritual for any site we visit. We expect it there. It began with email passwords and we adopted it until it is a “norm” for all sites.

For ensured security, guidelines were put in place to ensure that the passwords created were strong enough to prevent any behind the mask guy from accessing our details. This guidelines were compiled together by Bill Burr, a former manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

In 2003, Bill documented 8 pages with guidelines on the set standards for secure passwords which were referred to as NIST Special Publication 800-63 Appendix A. The guidelines he drafted came to remain the same ones used for ensuring strength of passwords in login portals, email accounts.

Years later when more research has been conducted on information security, having experts mention qualities of good passwords, Bill Burr told The Wall Street Journal, that he regrets setting those standards previously. 

Well, we can’t say that his was ignorance. No, I would say he did his best during that period considering he was not a security expert and there was little knowledge on internet security then. Actually, Bill should be applauded. This is because, his standards and guidelines are still the ones that have kept us secure years later despite cases of hacking into other’s accounts. 

Image credit: XKCD (published under a Creative Commons 2.5 license)

According to current research, good passwords are not ones with uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers but rather is a passphrase which is a combination of common words together which makes it hard for anyone to try and gain access to accounts. According to Micah Lee, The Intercept, he says that a good, strong password can be created using a dice. This is where a dice is randomly rolled five times and each time the outcome is tabled down. Once all five numbers are tabled down, one selects the number and word alongside the number they got from a list of dice chart. A user is to do that severally to form at least more than one worded passphrase like a four worded passphrase which will take a computer 550 years to guess.

Therefore, despite Bill’s apology on the oversight of the passwords guidelines previously, he still protected most of our content and data. Therefore, I accept his apology and I do not condemn his previous guidelines. As we well know, technology is a matter of trial and error before one completely gets it correct.

We can’t really tell whether also the dice method will become obsolete later on when hackers find ways of bypassing the many trials or worse, with new AI’s creating their own language who knows they might actually be the next preying eyes behind the masks on our gadgets.

However, luckily we also don’t have to remember passwords anymore with new technologies that are killing passwords such as: fingerprints, DNA passwords, iris scanners and face recognition softwares.

 Let embrace the new way of forming passwords and protect our data and privacy from the syping eyes that are hidden within the corners of our gadgets that are waiting to prey into our privacy.

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A REASON TO SMILE; GUARANTEED INTERNET SPEEDS WITH A NEW ERA OF 5G TECHNOLOGY

Hello there techies. What can be a much better gift to us other than fast internet speeds and fast download speeds with the evolving apps and sites that require much data? Well, I may say, I am one person who blames the speeds especially when it comes to downloading content.

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Well, we now all have a reason to smile as a new technology is about to sweep us off our feet with its great and improved capabilities. The new era of 5G is about to dawn on us. It is not expected to be in use anytime this year but is expected to have its landing around 2019-2020.

This comes after having a multitude of great experiences with the 3G and 4G technologies. We were all amazed especially at how fast 4G improved speeds by 5x compared to the previous 3G and increased also its latency effect. This, seemed like a very great improvement, however, the networking geeks did not stop at that. They have revolutionized this to bring up the 5G which also follows the newest mobile standards of IEEE 802.11ac and plays a crucial role in implementing the future where we no longer have www (world wide web) but where we have wwww (world wide wireless web).

The 5G technology is expected to have several features in its package some of them being:

  • Increased speeds of 1-10gbps which is an improvement from the previous 100mbps. Believe it or not but it is all happening. This only justifies more unbelievable happenings in the technology arena having AI’s creating their own AI’s, magical right!
  • Increased latency effect. This is the distance between the cause and the effect. This is now improved from the current 4G where communication was enhanced due to the reduced latency effect from the communication phone tower to a user’s phone to make and receive messages and calls.
  • Increased bandwidth. This is good news to our ears as it implies that we will be able to enjoy the luxury of faster downloads and ability to use more complex internet apps.

This new technology is keeping companies on their feet not to be left behind when the new technology will be deployed. Currently, Apple has been given a greenlight to have it test the 5G technology. This, however, will have to be done within a line of site. Frequency ranges of 27.5-28.35Ghz and 38.6-40Ghz have been requested for test procedures for use in upcoming iPhones. However, the 28Ghz spectrum is reserved for earth to satellite communications. Previous openings indicate that drones or satellites for Apple Maps improvements could be of potential use. Google and Facebook are also running their own tests on 5G.

Other companies are having a time-rush as they create and improve their applications and devices to meet the incoming 5G technology. This comes especially with the improvement in IoT and smart devices. Some of these companies are: Qualcomm, Samsung which are going the hardware way having Qualcomm create a 5G modem and Samsung creating a 5G home router. Nokia and Ericsson going the mobile way having Ericsson create the first 5G radio device.

Let’s all embrace the new 5G technology with open arms as we wait its deployment which will once all the network architectures have all been put into place. This will make access to the internet much faster, much more enjoyable considering we are in an era where we live online unlike previously where we lived offline doing everything manually.

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THE RISE OF KILLER ROBOTS WILL LEAVE HUMANS UTTERLY DEFENSELESS

Well, well, well, in this day and age, where all sort of things are happening in the world, corruption, lack of healthcare, war, terrorism name it all. The list is endless. We can never anticipate what will happen next or what invention will pop-up overnight.

With the invention of Artificial Intelligence, an integration between machine learning and deep learning, it has taken control of major industries. From the technology industry, Science and Engineering industries.  Recently, we had Google AI’s creating their own AI’s (unbelievable it is, but it did happen, robots created other robots). AI, has been called the next future. True to that, it is the next future of technology as it solves what man cannot do in minutes.

AI’s are proving to take over human’s capability and functions. They are surpassing what any ordinary human being can do. Their evolution is great but comes with its own disadvantages, including loss of employment as recently experienced by companies such as SoundCloud and Microsoft which laid off many of their employees, recently.

The AI’s have imitated most of man’s actions and behavior’s and this includes talking, teaching, and some go to the extent of imitating emotions. Recently, a robot “thought to itself” if I may say so, why can’t it go a step further and imitate the humans by committing suicide. This I can call as “The Robotic Suicide Mission.” (Very weird, right?)

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This robot, that decided to experiment with suicide was employed as a security robot at a Communications Agency in Washington DC. The robots are equipped with cameras to provide a more physical experience than your regular security (CCTV) camera.  According to the company marketers, they state that the robot is much better than human guards. They attest this to some of the features that the security robot has such as:

  • It never gets bored of what it does, unlike humans, we all agree that at one time or another we felt bored with whatever we were doing.
  • The robot understands its own environment and judge whether there is a problem around the area or not using a combination of video cameras, microphones, which when they detect something is wrong, it produces sounds like squeaking, whistling to make others alert, and it is expected to get better features with time like gun detection and to be taught through machine learning to learn and understand human movements.
  • It frees people from carrying out patrols around the area and it does not get attacked.
  • It recognizes forensic capabilities such as recording license plates as listed in the company’s website.

The K5 robot drove itself and into pool drowning which has led to its death. The robot has also had other misfortunes previously including, running over a 16-month-old toddler and hit the child’s head and the child fell but the robot continued to still hit the child, leaving the child with injuries on the leg and foot.

This comes a day after one of the people behind Artificial Intelligence, Elon Musk, came out and spoke out at the US National Governs Association meeting, about how AI could be a threat to human civilization where the AI’s will come to harm humans. He stated that he was referring to Artificial General Intelligence and not your used to AI’s such as Siri and Cortana. His statements, currently cannot be believed by many but some of truth in it can already be seen from the security robot and from a recently created Inspirobot that went crazy when it decided to generate weird and crazy posters instead of motivational posters.

We can speculate and say that the robot took this drastic measure trying to imitate humans as they say, the world has become a terrible place to live in. But ideally, this is not the right act for any human or robot. Speak out to others and let others hear and help you out in difficult situations. A time is coming when robots will take over and human beings may lose control resulting in many dangers to humans.

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Source: Independent

 

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ENJOY AND EXPRESS YOURSELF FREELY ON INSTAGRAM WITHOUT WORRY OF NASTY AND OFFENSIVE COMMENTS

We all love doing something that we enjoy but what happens when we end up doing something that we do not enjoy? We get bored, put off and so on . We all use social media apps as a way to interact with others in the world by forming small communities of friends and probably, like-minded people and as a way to entertain ourselves.

Social media freedom has been on the rise to a point where the freedom becomes toxic and people end up abusing the freedom. On several occasions we are sure to bounce and land on some nasty comment on some random post within social media sites. This has led to the decrease in the energy and psyche to use this sites. There times when we have to be cautious of how we express ourselves to avoid getting some nasty and foul-mouthed comments.

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Instagram social media app is no exception among the major social media sites where freedom has been abused. This is where most of the vulgar, nasty , foul-mouthed (however, you would wish to express them) comments are found. Due to the fact that the Instagram social media app focuses mainly on sharing of photos and videos, it has risen to be the arena where, the worst offenders of such comments are found.

According to a statement written by Instagram’s CEO & Co-founder, Kevin Systrom, concerning their interaction and experience while using the Instagram social media app, he said, “Many of you have told us that toxic comments discourage you from enjoying Instagram and expressing yourself freely.” The good news is here. Finally, users can enjoy using the app without any worry of any unwarranted comment. Thanks to the introduction of an AI by Instagram to be used to tackle the issue.

The new AI, will be used to filter and block certain offensive comments on posts and live videos on the Instagram social media app.

The AI, will use Machine Learning, to spot offensive comments that Instagram previously was unable to spot. The new system put in place by Instagram yesterday, will use a system known as Deep Text which was developed by Facebook with an aim to combat terrorism within the social media app. The Deep Text which functions like human beings by mimic the way humans deduce the meaning of a word from the adjacent words surrounding a particular word, therefore, mimicking how languages work on the brain

With an aim of blocking offensive comments, users will be able to turn the filter on or off. To access the filter option, click the ellipsis (…) symbol on the settings menu from the profile section and then go to the comments. There you can turn the filter on or off as desired. However, despite the filter being there, users comments will appear as usual and users can still report offensive, vulgar and nasty comments.

Instagram will also use spam filters to make the Instagram social media app safe for users. The spam filter will look for a spam within the comments (the common spams such as follow me to get more followers or placing product links within the comment section). the spam filter will block all spams from users posts According to Wired, they stated that, “As with spam, the comments are rated based both on a semantic analysis of the text and factors such as the relationship between the commenters and the poster, as well as the commenter’s history. Something typed by someone you’ve never met is more likely to be graded poorly than something typed by a friend.”

The aim of the new improvements by Instagram is to safeguard self-expression as an important step in fostering more inclusive, kinder communities and help us as the users feel safer and more welcome on Instagram.

Source: Kevin Systrom CEO & Co-founder, Instagram

 

 

 

 

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AI (ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE) DESIGNS ON INSPIRATIONAL POSTERS GOES WRONG

Artificial Intelligence has been termed as being the next great breakthrough in the technology world. It has been seen to produce very impressive results and also to ease work and make life much simpler by using its deep and machine learning in conjunction with neural networks to solve problems.

AI has brought tremendous improvements and it has made us get impressed. This is from some of the work performed by AI like Google AI’s making other AI’s, the AlphaGO AI that defeated the best Go Master player in a world game, creation of chatbot’s and the list goes on, on the many impressive works by AI’s.

AI’s have proven to be good at their work. But the question is how perfect are AI’s and can they go wrong? Recently, with Microsoft’s chatbot’s, that is used to tweet with people designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual and playful conversation. This was to enable it learn how people converse. However, after sometime it became a racist bot displaying unwanted and unprecedented messages.

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A similar thing has just happened with the new inspirobot which is to generate inspirational and motivational posters. The likes of “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” The kind of posters that you would read each morning to get the days strength.

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However, the AI would be said to have gone insane, occasionally posting quotes that are meaningless and worst of all generating creepy and scary quotes that are unnerving. This leaves us all in wonder on what inspiration should we get on waking up expecting to get one quote to kick-start our day but end up finding one creepy, worthless quote.

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Information concerning the creators is currently unknown according to Crunchbase. As well, information on how the AI is creating such posts is also unknown. According to the IFL Science, it states that, “It is possible that the horrifying nature of its creations is intentional rather than accidental.” According to the inspirobot Twitter feed description, it states that justifies the statement by IFL as it describes itself as, “Forever generating unique inspirational quotes for the endless enrichment of pointless human existence.”

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Creepy, scary, dehumanizing

To have an experience of the bot’s generation of posters, you can go to its website: Inspirobot

Like, share and you can leave a comment on your experience with the bot on the comment section below.

Source: Nerdist

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BEING FORGETFUL MAY NOT BE HARMFUL IT, MAY MEAN YOUR BRAIN IS WORKING EFFECTIVELY

This is not my usual arena but I had to share this with the world. Today I delve into some bit of the Science world to have a look at why we forget details in several occasions and I happened to find out that forgetting is not actually a bad sign as we all perceive but rather a sign of the brain working.

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One time or another, we all have found ourselves forgetting some number of items or activities that we ought to do. Either we have forgotten our shopping list and get to the mall and have no idea on what exactly we were to buy and the quantities to buy or go to the groceries and forget the items that may be most helpful. Also, worst of all times forgetting that one detail in an examination room and you find yourself staring at the ceiling waiting for the memory to get the answer from the ceiling (We can all attest to that scenario where you find yourself cursing your brain for forgetting). However, being forgetful may not be too bad or as serious as it was thought of after all. It a sign that your brain is actually working properly. Not remembering trivial details may actually be a sign your brain is better at separating the wheat from the chaff.

This idea on an effective memory being indicated by a sign of forgetfulness had been conducted previously, but the latest research, conducted by the University of Toronto in Canada and published in the journal Neuron, backs up previous research works performed.

It was found that growth of new neurons in the hippocampus, part of the brain that is associated with the memory promoted forgetfulness. According to the research conducted, the purpose of the brain forgetting some details was to make room for more important information and remove the unwanted or unnecessary details from the brain. This I would say is some form of renovation of the brain similar to how, we renovate our own houses and get rid of the unwanted things and retain necessary items or buy new items needed.

According to Professor Blake Richards from the University of Toronto, lead author on the study, said in a statement, “We always idealize the person who can smash a trivia game, but the point of memory is not being able to remember who won the Stanley Cup in 1972.”

“The point of memory is to make you an intelligent person who can make decisions given the circumstances, and an important aspect in helping you do that is being able to forget some information.”

Previously, in 2007, researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) to monitor the brains of 20 healthy adults while they performed a simple memory test. It suggested people were better at remembering conflicting information, rather than repeat or easy information.

Michael Anderson of the University of Oregon told New Scientists that “The process of forgetting serves a good functional purpose.”  “What these guys have done is clearly establish the neurological basis for this process.”

Richards’ study, which is the most recent study, did not provide any experimental evidence but instead, reviewed previously published papers to get to their conclusion. They found evidence that proves forgetfulness is useful rather than only being viewed as an ailment.

The process whereby, the brain has to get rid of unwanted materials in the memory to create space for new content has been found to have benefits which are:-

  • The brain wants to get rid of unnecessary content like old passwords, old usernames, old addresses. This is because, if the brain is to keep on refreshing unwanted content in the memory, it will be harder for people to make valid decisions that have a sound base.
  • It is easier for people to generalize previous events like where one visited multiple times rather than remembering each visit in detail with the events that took place in each visit.

Therefore, the next time you forget some detail do not be worried. That is a sign that your brain is “rusty” and requires some more new content to refresh itself and requires some feeding of the memory.

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Source: IFLSCIENCE

 

 

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FACEBOOK INTRODUCES TOOLS THAT PREVENT PROFILE PICTURE THEFT

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Facebook has been the leading social media site for years now since it was created by Mark Zuckerberg with an aim of connecting people from around the world. True to their goal and objective, Facebook has brought the world together making the world a small community.

One of the major factors that has contributed to the growth of the Facebook bringing more people together is the use of Facebook’s profile photo tool that allows users to add their own images to the profile section on their accounts. Facebook’s profile photo tool enables users, find friends and grow their connections more easily. This is because people are able to connect more with a person they see rather than believing to be communicating to a person whom they can’t see their image.

However, as Facebook continued to grow, there has been a rise on  misuse of Facebook’s profile pictures. Some of the ways in which Facebook profile pictures have been misused is by  using other people’s profile pictures as mask on their names to perform horrendous actions on the internet tarnishing the reputation of the owner of the profile picture, use of  Facebook profile pictures setting up shady posts that do not showcase a users self-respect going against the user’s morals.

The rise of misuse of Facebook’s profile picture tool led the company to introduce a new tool to be used to protect users profile pictures from being stolen by others unknowingly for who knows what purpose. Facebook has began testing the new tool in India after conducting research alongside other Indian safety organizations. The aim of this action is to help users have control over their profile pictures and help them feel safe online. The research revealed that some women choose not to share profile pictures that include their faces anywhere on the internet because they’re concerned about what may happen to their photos from being used as scams, being used in dating sites to fake another person’s identity and creation of immoral random pictures of women, the list doesn’t stop there.

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The new tool has a step by step guide on how to protect their Facebook profile pictures. The new tool known as “PROFILE PICTURE GUARD” can be viewed from the News Feed section with an option to turn on the ‘profile picture guard’. To prevent others from stealing the profile picture:

  1. Facebook will display a blue border and a shield around your picture to indicate that it’s protected.
  2. Facebook has placed measures to prevent anyone from taking a screenshot of any other person’s profile picture, however, this has only been implemented on Android phones.
  3. People you’re not friends with on Facebook won’t be able to tag anyone, including themselves, in your profile picture.
  4. Users will not also be able to share, download or send a users profile picture via messages on Facebook.

To ensure maximum protection of any user’s Facebook profile picture, Facebook teamed up with an illustrator Jessica Singh who uses traditional Indian designs to create designs users can use on their Facebook profile picture.

According to Facebook’s preliminary tests, they learned that when someone adds an extra design layer to their profile picture, other people are at least 75% less likely to copy that picture. If someone suspects that a picture marked with one of these designs is being misused, they can report it to Facebook and they will use the design to help determine whether it should be removed from Facebook’s community.

Facebook hopes to roll out the feature to all other countries based on what they learn from their pilot phase implementation in India, since such acts can happen to anyone. This will go a long way to reduce corruption of user’s reputation on the internet.

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Source: Facebook

 

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BABY DANGLED 150 FEET ABOVE THE STREET FOR LIKES

The joy of every parent is to see their children grow up and flourish into young adults with skills and talents. Meanwhile as all parents hope for the best future for their children, an Algerian father obsessed by the social media and branding craze for likes dangled his child out of a widow of a 15th floor apartment which is relatively 150 feet high to get 1000 likes on Facebook.

Content creation has been on the rise and with every content creator trying to gain traffic to their content through the social media and branding craze for likes, the Algerian dad went too far with this.  This happened recently after the father’s day celebrations where fathers were celebrated for their love of their family and children.

The Algerian father saw that the common content marketing strategy for content creators was not good for him and he decided to embrace this social media and branding craze for likes by attempting to drop the child down if he got no likes on Facebook. He did this on a video he posted of the child held by his shirt 150 feet above the street with a caption ” 1000 likes or I will drop him”. I would say this an act that went beyond realism and humanity despite being obsessed with the social media and branding craze for likes.

The act performed by the Algerian father, believed to be from the city of Bab Ezzouar was not welcomed as he expected by getting the likes, instead once Facebook users got the shocking and unbelievable video clip, he was reported to the authorities. The Algerian man ( I suppose no father who loves their children can do such an act just to get on top of the social media and branding craze for likes) was tried and charged on child abuse charges according to Al Arabiya. This came after Facebook users demanded him to be tried and charged and the prosecutors took him to court where they concluded  the reason for the horrendous act was to gain high views and likes to beat the rest in the social media and branding craze for likes on the facebook social media site.

Media activist Dalila Belkheir said the man was ‘not a father but a terrorist’ while rights activist Ali Ben Jeddou said told Albawaba: ‘This man should be brought to justice and punished in the most severe way’. Reactions online by one user was: “What is most striking is that it appears that the father is carrying his son with his left hand while using his right hand to take the picture, this means the picture is more important than the child’s life.’ According to Psychologist Dr Noura Rahmani told the New Arab the actions could not and should not be tolerated in Algeria, adding that the father may not have been aware he was committing a crime.

This an indication of rise of the social media and branding craze for likes and views among many people. It should be noted that we should all be aware of the social media and branding craze for likes and social media sites should take stun actions to detect such incidences just as Facebook took an initiative to fight terrorism online.  SHARE and let others know and be wary of the consequences of allowing the social media and branding craze for likes and views obsession get over them.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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