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Posted by: In: Safety Tips 26 Feb 2013 0 comments

At the time of publishing this article, it is estimated there are over 1.2M apps for Facebook! Be on guard!

If you are a Facebook user, you see plenty of the invites to play this, play that or a friend invited you to…  Think twice about taking the next celebrity quiz that pops up in your news feed.

The Wall Street Journal revealed that many of Facebook’s most popular applications — including the massive hits Farmville and Mafia Wars — were transmitting personal user information to outside servers. Some of these companies were accused of collecting information through several apps and then selling it to ad firms.

Facebook immediately disabled several such applications. “We prohibit applications from transferring user data to ad networks or data brokers, and when we receive a report that such an improper transfer has occurred, we investigate and take action as appropriate,”.

“It is important to note that there is no evidence that any personal information was misused or even collected as a result of this issue,” Noyes added. “In fact, all of the companies questioned about this issue said publicly that they did not use the user IDs or did not use them to obtain personal info.”

Still, many of Facebook’s applications are developed by smaller, independent companies, and there is little way of knowing how they’re really using your information. Whenever you OK a new application, you are essentially handing over your private data.  Beware and do not accept applications that you are not familiar with.  Do your homework and protect yourself.

Be safe and be blessed!

This week we are looking at internet browser security.  I said earlier that I am a fan of Google Chrome, and here is one more reason why.

Google Chrome has a feature called sandboxing.  If you are not sure about a site, or you just are not familiar with a new site you can trust Google Chrome to sandbox the site.  In computer security, a sandbox is a security mechanism for separating running programs. It is often used to execute untested code, or un-trusted programs from unverified third-parties, suppliers, un-trusted users and un-trusted websites.  The sandbox typically provides a tightly controlled set of resources for programs to run in.  Network access, the ability to inspect the host system or read from input devices are usually disallowed or heavily restricted.

Each tab in Chrome runs independent processes and one tab crashing does not crash all of the Google Chrome processes, or tabs.

Keep it in the sandbox with Chrome!

So, if you are using lots of different websites and have a tendency to use sites you have never been on before, try Google Chrome.  The sandbox might just save you some headaches.

Be safe and be blessed!

How can I tell if a web page is secured?

There are two general indications of a secured web page

1. Check the web page URL

Normally, when browsing the web, the URLs (web page addresses) begin with the letters “http”.  However, over a secure connection the address displayed should begin with “https” – note the “s” at the end.

Try it! – Visit our home page ( ).  Note the URL begins with the “http” meaning this page is not secure.  Click the link in the upper-right hand corner to “Log in”.  Notice the change in the URL?  It now begins with “https”, meaning the user name and password typed in will be encrypted before sent to our server.

2. Check for the “Lock” icon

There is a de facto standard among web browsers to display a “lock” icon somewhere in the window of the browser (NOT in the web page display area!)  For example, Microsoft Internet Explorer displays the lock icon in the lower-right of the browser window:

MS Internet Explorer Lock

As another example, Mozilla’s FireFox Web Browser displays the lock icon in the lower-left corner:

Mozilla FireFox Lock Icon

Google Chrome gives you the “lock” on the URL address line:

THE LOCK ICON IS NOT JUST A PICTURE!  Click (or double-click) on it to see details of the site’s security.  This is important to know because some fraudulent web sites are built with a bar at the bottom of the web page to imitate the lock icon of your browser!  Therefore it is necessary to test the functionality built into this lock icon.  Furthermore, it is very important to KNOW YOUR BROWSER!  Check your browser’s help file or contact the makers of your browser software if you are unsure how to use this functionality.

Try it! – Visit our home page ( ).  Click the link to “Log in” to initiate a secure session.  Note the lock icon display in YOUR browser.  Click the icon, or double-click (varies by browser), and examine the security information displayed about the web site.  If there is no display at the bottom of your browser try clicking “View” in the main menu and make sure “Status Bar” is checked.

Many people are not aware that of http:.. and https://

An example of “https://” when connecting to a bank site.

The main difference between http:// and https:// is It’s all about keeping you secure.  HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transport Protocol.  This is just a fancy way of saying it’s a protocol (a language, in a manner of speaking) for information to be passed back and forth between web servers and clients. The important thing is the letter S which makes the difference between HTTP and HTTPS.  The S (big surprise) stands for “Secure”. If you visit a website or webpage, and look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with the following: http://.

This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular ‘unsecure’ language. In other words, it is possible for someone to “eavesdrop” on your computer’s conversation with the website. If you fill out a form on the website, someone might see the information you send to that site.

This is why you never ever enter your credit card number in an http website!  But if the web address begins with https://, that basically means your computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on.

Do you understand why this is so important?  If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https://.

If it doesn’t, DO NOT enter sensitive information like your name, address, phone number and most certainly, not a credit card number.

Be safe and be blessed!

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This week we are going to focus on internet browsers.  We will start with what is available, look at secured browsing and some nice features that will help everyone’s internet experience.

Internet browsers for the most part are a matter of personal taste.  However, rated on their Performance, Security, Speed and Help & Support, some browsers have a lot more to offer than others.  A recent study of Internet browsers has shown that Google Chrome is the most secured browser available.  Personally, I like Chrome.  It is very user friendly and I find it faster than Microsoft’s Explorer and Firefox.  So, it does not surprise me that Chrome has been found to be rated as the top browser, what has surprised me is that Safari has been rated #5!

Here are the results of the “Top 10 Internet Browsers”, you can click on the graphic to read the whole story.

Click to read the full article.


So, If you have been using the Microsoft Explorer, or Safari that came installed on your PC, take a few minutes to download Google Chrome, or Firefox and see a little of what you have been missing.  You will not be disappointed.  And, the security will help to ensure your personal information is not being leaked from your browser!

Full article on the Top 10 Internet Browsers.

Download Chrome

Download Firefox

Be safe and be blessed!