Beware Of Facebook Dislike Button Scams

Last week Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook announced that the social networking site would be implementing a sort of “dislike” button. Well, not exactly. Zuckerberg hinted that the new button would be more of an “empathy” button that could be used to express condolences on sad posts instead of awkwardly “liking” it.

Criminals saw this as an opportunity to take advantage of the much anticipated button. Seemingly legitimate posts that promise to give users early access to the button have been cropping up in News Feeds. Unfortunately, the promise turns out to be a scam that contains links that when clicked, leads the user to a malicious website. The malicious website will then gain access to the user’s private Facebook information and will post even more scams on the user’s behalf, without his or her permission.

According to HackRead, the website will also display a countdown timer in which the user has a limited amount of time to fill out a survey or else they will give up their chance at getting a dislike button. The survey(s) ask for personal information and account credentials which are later used to spread the scam even further through email. Sometimes, bank account information is asked for.

Naked Security performed two tests on the scams and found that they use a bait-and-switch approach. The surveys that users are lead to are not always the same but all of them are asking for personal information. Some entice users by promising them a large sum of money if they sign up. In all cases, the final surveys have nothing to do with a dislike button or Facebook.

The websites also may contain malware that is automatically downloaded onto a user’s device, according to The Stack.

This scam, like many Facebook scams, is able to spread like wildfire because of its shareability. It entices users into re-posting and direct messaging the scam so the number of exposed people continues to rise exponentially.

Facebook users, know that a dislike button is not currently available and any post that claims to give you the button is a complete scam that steals your personal information, hijacks your account, and infects your device with malware. Your best bet is to stay away and when in doubt, DON’T CLICK.

Technology Without Borders: How New Innovations Unite Us

Try imagining a world without technology. Picture a world where we don’t get minute by minute updates of events that are happening in every corner of the world, where we can’t video call people on the other side of the planet, where we can’t play video games with people in a different state, and where we can’t even take a picture with our phone and immediately upload it. These simple, almost mundane tasks have become commonplace. It’s easy to overlook how technology has united the world

Innovations that have been around for a few years have spurred this unification. Social media plays a big role in uniting people both every day and when tragedy strikes. Many newsworthy events and tragedies immediately develop their own hashtag. For example, during the Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013, the hashtag #PrayforBoston cropped up on social media. Photos and videos from the bombing filled news feeds causing the FBI to send out a call for people to send in their pictures and videos. With that evidence, they were able to identify the suspects based on the pictures, according to NBC News.

The latest innovations will unite us further. Skype has created a translator that allows people of different languages to speak to each other in real time without learning one another’s language. The translator is currently available in English and Spanish but more languages are on the way. Imagine how this will unite the world. As seen in the video below, even children in classrooms across the globe will be able to talk with each other and learn about the other’s culture.

New currencies will make it easy for us to make transactions with people in other nations. According to Peter Diamonds of, these “cryptocurrencies” will “provide some level of stability and independence from your country’s political turmoil, or whether your country’s GDP is based on oil exports.”

In the past, technology has only connected us by what we read, see, and hear but even that is about to change. Apple’s iWatch, coming out in early 2015, has haptic feedback. Someone will be able to send you a touch and you will feel a tap or a caress on your wrist.

Technology allows us to share our experiences like never before. Whether we are sharing recipes with a friend in Spain, chatting with grandma in Guatemala, or discussing world affairs with foreign nations, new innovations, if used wisely, can have the ability to connect us like never before.

Facebook and Its Many Apologies

Facebook and Its Many Apologies

Mark Zuckerberg,CEO of Facebook, lives by the moto “It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission”.  If you haven’t checked out Zuckerberg’s “Calm down. Breathe. We hear you” blog, you should. In between the personal success stories are multiple apology letters to the public.  Of course there are going to some unhappy people considering that FB has over 1 billion active users.  But there are legitimate reasons to become angry at the tycoon when it comes to privacy.  

First up, on September 5 2006, Zuckerberg pre-apologized for the changes would be made to Facebook.  Users felt that the mini feed and news feed would reveal too much information.  But he assured the public that “None of your information is visible to anyone who couldn’t see it before the changes.“  Which he was wrong about.  By September 8, he had apologized yet again claiming that he “Somehow  missed this point with News Feed and Mini-Feed and we didn’t build in the proper privacy controls right away”, and immediately updated the privacy controls.

In November of 2007, FB released a new feature called Beacon that allowed users to share information that they find on the web.  It was a good idea, except that Beacon shared information even when the user denied access.  On December 5, Zuckerberg released another letter stating that they “did a bad job with this release, and I apologize for it”. And of course changed the Beacon settings to allow users to opt out on the feature.

In February of 2009 Zuckerberg decided to change the privacy settings once again.  Zuckerberg said “Our philosophy is that people own their information and control who they share it with. When a person shares information on Facebook, they first need to grant Facebook a license to use that information so that we can show it to the other people”, which means that all information is double copied. For example, if you send a message to a user two copies of the text is created, the one that is sent and the one that is received.  Even if the user deactivates their account, the message is still accessible.  Many users were upset with this new change and wanted the old privacy settings back.  Facebook listened and did just that, but after blaming Government regulations on their mistake.

When Facebook first started, there wasn’t a whole lot when it came to the privacy settings.  At first applications could access all information that was already visible to the public like contact information and photo albums.  On May 26 2010, Zuckerberg didn’t really apologize, but instead explained how they are going to fix this problem by adding more options to the settings.

In November of 2011, FB ran into some problems with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) over an app called Whatsap.  The settlement was over how the company lied to users claiming that their information was private when it wasn’t.  The FTC demanded that FB made it clear to get prominent consent before they shared any information.  Along with the new demand, FB will be obligated to “Biennial privacy audits for the next 20 years”to sure that privacy is being maintained. 

Several apologies have been issued throughout the years including the recent psychological experiment. Facebook secretly manipulated posts that users would see by including negative or positive words to see how emotions are transferred through social media. Over 700,000 users were tested without giving consent or receiving a notice that the study was taking place. This is a serious problem when it manipulating peoples emotions. The manipulation could have caused users to relapse or remember tragic events that happened in their lives. “This was part of ongoing research companies do to test different products, and that was what it was; it was poorly communicated,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, according to The Wall Street Journal.  Both Zuckerberg and Adam Kramer, a co-author of the study, issued an apology but explained that it was necessary.  They also included that ALL users agreed to sign up for study’s when they agreed to the user agreement policy. Which leaves one question: How many studies have taken place without our notice?

In earlier days FB would provide content based on what the user liked or shared. But now, FB is using content tracking information that the user looks at outside of the site. For example, if you liked a single rock band page and then liked five different country band pages, FB may only provide content on country bands. This limits the information that brands can share with people who (by liking their page) have indicated that they are, in fact, interested in those posts.

It’s cat-man-du’s 11 Year Anniversary AND We Want To Give YOU The Gift! Win A Lenovo Android Tablet

cat-man-du has been Amarillo’s go-to company for computer repair and business IT for the last 11 years and we want to thank you! So here’s what we’re doing. We’re giving away a brand new Lenovo tablet. Lenovo devices are known for being extremely durable, fast, and increasingly popular. Don’t miss your chance to walk away with this tablet!

Here’s what you’ll be getting:

IdeaTab S2110

CPU – Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060A Processor (1.50GHz 512 KB

OS – Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Memory- 1 GB

How It Works:

Like and follow us on Google +, Facebook, and Twitter. Each “like” or “follow” will count as an entry. We will be keeping track of these daily in our office. (You are not allowed to “unlike”/”unfollow”, then “relike”/”refollow” to gain more entries. This will just count as one entry).



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Why You Shouldn’t Trust Social Media For Breaking News

In the wake of the recent Boston Marathon Bombings, there have been many people who realize that social media might not be the best place to receive breaking news. I’m sure that you probably saw a report of the bombing suspect come through your newsfeed.

The thing you might not realize is that the reports were wrong, and many times are. The moment that something breaks it is instantly tweeted, facebooked, google+’d, and posted to every form of social media. Then, sometimes, there is a correction or the information turns out to be wrong. Then you have a person who has been wrongfully identified as having to do with something, who has now been de-famed and slandered all across social media.

While social media is a great place to keep up with friends, or see what’s going on that night. Be careful what you take as true when it comes to breaking news. Maybe do a little research before re-sharing or re-tweeting a piece of “news” that might not be completely accurate. It can do harm.

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IRS Using Social Media To Catch Tax Cheats

The deadline is Today and the IRS is out in full force. With the advent of new technology, they have now began to use different ways to catch on to people who fudge the numbers a little here and there. You guessed it, social media.

The IRS is now trolling through people’s facebook pages as well as other social media in order to see if they can catch on to anyone who might be trying to pull a fast one. They look for people bragging or mentioning how they pulled one over on Uncle Sam. Now I’m sure none of our clients do anything like this, but it might just be a safe idea to leave any mention of the IRS off of your facebook page.

I mean, no-one wants to get that letter in the mail about an audit or anything. So, here’s a peice of advice. First, pay your taxes. Second, don’t talk about them on any social media. For more information, watch the video below.

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