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Making Connections to Facebook more Secure

Facebook has announced that users running the private web browser Tor will be able to access the social network for the first time through a secure ".onion" address.

Alec Muffett, a software engineer for security infrastructure at Facebook London, said in a blogpost  the decision to allow completely anonymous access is geared towards "giving people more confidence" when connecting to Facebook.

"It's important to us at Facebook to provide methods for people to use our site securely," Muffett said. "To make their experience more consistent with our goals of accessibility and security, we have begun an experiment which makes Facebook available directly over Tor network."

Considerations like these have not always been reflected in Facebook's security infrastructure, which has sometimes led to unnecessary hurdles for people who connect to Facebook using Tor. To make their experience more consistent with our goals of accessibility and security, we have begun an experiment which makes Facebook available directly over Tor network at the following URL:


[ NOTE: link will only work in Tor-enabled browsers ]


Social networks, like Twitter and Facebook, are great platforms for getting your message out into the world, cultivating a like-minded community, staying on top of breaking news and issues, and building a name for yourself.

Who Should be Doing Social Media for Your Organization?

Early on, you may need to decide whether you have a single person in charge of maintaining social media accounts. Ideally this task will be shared by a number of different members of your team to ensure that you do not lose all of your social media expertise if your designated media person leaves. In addition, it allows for more consistent coverage of your organization’s work and related news if that person is busy.

What Social Networks Should You Be On?

Twitter and Facebook are two obvious choices because they have the most users and the most influence. Google+ is also an option, although it is less popular. If you’re producing videos, consider YouTube and Vimeo. And if you speak to a niche audience, look for social networks that appeal to that group.

6 Tips for Better Tweeting

Important: Be careful about starting a tweet with an "@" mention.
  • Example: Only viewable to followers of your account and the account of the person you are tweeting to.
    @EFF on the new Indian digital locks legislation [link]
  • Example: Example: Viewable to all of your followers and the general public.
    .@EFF on the new Indian digital locks legislation [link]
  • Take on an easily recognizable Twitter handle (username) — It can be issue-specific, or it can be named after your organization. It’s easy to change your Twitter handle in the future. Shorter is often better because, given the character limit, it makes it easier for people to re-tweet you or tweet to you.
  • Be timely — When possible, try to be the first account to tweet breaking news.
  • Be passionate — Good tweets will reflect an opinion so that the audience not only understands an issue, but also understands your opinion on the topic.
  • Use “@” to direct tweets at a particular user — This can be useful to get the attention of a particular company or elected official. If they’re on Twitter, tweet to “@name” to be sure that person/company sees your tweet.
  • Be eloquent — Tweets should not just look like a jumble of acronyms. It is fine to say less if you can say it with eloquence.

5 tips for Better Facebook and Google+ Engagement

  • The best way to have your Facebook or Google+ post spread is to be the first to break the news to the public.
  • Choose a name that is most likely to be searched for in Facebook or Google+ search.
    • Example: imagine your official group name is "Students for Digital Rights and the Public Domain" but everyone on campus calls you "DigiPub." It doesn't make sense for your Facebook page to be "Students for Digital Rights and the Public Domain." Instead, consider choosing "DigiPub" or (perhaps better) "DigiPub: Students for Digital Rights and the Public Domain."
    • Note that it may be challenging to change a username for an organization on Facebook.
  • Post pictures and graphs — Followers are drawn to posts if there is media attached to it, so post lots of photos.
  • Try to put a positive spin on posts to make them more easily “Liked” — If you had a major loss in your campaign, explain your loss and then your commitment to continuing to fight or how your followers can take action.
  • Facebook is a great place for conversation, so ending the message in your post with a question is an effective way to spark engagement.

Google+Google it seems is now allowing nicknames on profiles. 'If you usually go by a nickname, you can add that name to your Google+ profile. You can also add professional affiliations, or other names you go by, like your maiden name.'

They also go on that if you have only one name then in the surname field put a full stop '.'.

More information on the Google answer pages.


Twitter has told BBC Newsbeat it continues to "learn" about the best way to keep its users safe.

After criticism over high profile cases of abuse, the company admits it faces "new challenges".

"We continue to learn from incidents like that," said Sinead McSweeney, Twitter's director of public policy for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

"If you stop learning, you stop providing a good service to your users."

Good news I say if they follow this up seriously 


Social Networks

Facebook, Twitter, Google , YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other social networks have become an important part of online lives. Social networks are a great way to stay connected with others, but you should be aware (and a little nervous) about how much personal information you post.

Follw the tips below for a safer experience.

Learn about and use the privacy and security settings on social networks. They are there to help you control who sees what you post and manage your online experience.

Protect your reputation on social networks. What you post online stays online. Think twice before posting pictures you wouldn't want your parents or future employers to see. Research found that employers rejected candidates based on information they found online.

Your online reputation can be a good thing: Recent research also found that employers respond to a strong, positive personal brand online. So show your smarts, thoughtfulness, and mastery of the environment.

Be cautious about how much personal information you provide on social networking sites. The more information you post, the easier it may be for a hacker or someone else to use that information to steal your identity, access your data, or commit other crimes such as stalking.

Social networks can be used for a variety of purposes. Some of the fun is creating a large pool of friends from many aspects of your life. That doesn't mean all friends are created equal. Use tools to manage the information you share with friends in different groups or even have multiple online pages. If you're trying to create a public persona as a blogger or expert, create an open profile or a "fan" page that encourages broad participation and limits personal information. Use your personal profile to keep your real friends (the ones you know trust) more synched up with your daily life.

Be honest if you're uncomfortable: If a friend posts something about you that makes you uncomfortable or you think is inappropriate, let them know. Likewise, stay open-minded if a friend approaches you because something you've posted makes him or her uncomfortable. People have different tolerances for how much the world knows about them respect those differences.

Know what action to take: If someone is harassing or threatening you, remove them from your friends list, block them, and report them to the site administrator.