It has recently been announced across tech news sites that this week a bug has been discovered which allowed a user to delete entire photo albums worth of images with a single API call. The album didn’t even need to belong to the user in question!
The bug itself was found in the mobile version of the Facebook Graph API and has now been fixed thanks to an honest researcher and the quick work of the Facebook development team. It did however demonstrate how vulnerable our personal data is to such attacks and once again reminds us of the importance of having our own copies of our data. Our photographs are precious to us and no one would like to lose them to a bug like this.
Thankfully on this occasion the bug was found by a reputable person and not someone who was looking to damage the Facebook network. Next time we might not be so fortunate. Either way make sure you have a copy of your social media data by downloading Digi Me today!
If you are anything like me then you have passwords for everything from banking to logging into your social media accounts. So many passwords to remember or in my case forget! But what happens when you find an issue or alerted to an issue?
Have you ever seen Facebook come up with an alert stating that there has been a suspicious login on your account and that you need to change your password with immediate effect? I certainly have and it rattled me somewhat. It made me realise how much I value my social media content. Until then I didn’t enable the two step authentication on Facebook, but now I do. And you know what it’s well worth enabling.
I don’t know about you but these days as a result of that little scare on Facebook I now treat my social media data and services differently. I treat them more like banking services. I also make sure that anything that I put on social media I would be happy for people to see in public. After all you never know what data breaches may occur. It is worth being wary of third parties holding and storing your data.
Whilst you have probably already got all your new years resolutions sorted for this year you may want to consider adding one to your list. Take security more seriously especially when it comes to your personal social media data. Consider using unique strong passwords and two factor authentication on your social media data and remember to back up your social data regularly.
A few weeks ago I read an article about the importance of data backups. It really got me thinking about data and the importance of the data that we share across our social media accounts.
The article that I was reading was all about backing up your laptop or computer and ensuring that the data that was being backed up was secure. Now I know many of us are terrible at doing regular backups of our personal machines but what about our online data, that information that we share with our friends and family? What would happen if suddenly we accidentally deleted our account or it got suspended for some bizarre reason.
I would hate to think about a scenario where those precious shared images and videos went missing or were lost forever because I hadn’t backed them up. My main reason for backing up my laptop is to ensure that I never lose my all important files and photographs. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t backed up content and these days I do tend to back up most of my images to “the cloud” as well as to a local hard drive. After all you never quite know when or where you will need access to your data.
Over the years I’ve used a range of backup services and only once have I had to revert back to my backups and that was when my laptop completely failed after getting rather wet. (I learnt after that to keep my laptop in a waterproof bag!) I spent a small fortune getting the data back and a new machine exactly how I wanted it.
It is amazing how many people just don’t think to do backups and it is so simple to do for your online data as well. Most of us think that it is just big companies that have things to lose if they lose their data but these days we all have data that we want to share and store forever.
Most of that data captured contains moments, memories and events. These are all things that we just want to keep and look back on over time. Backing up your online social media data is simple just download Digi Me (formerly SocialSafe) and back up your online data regularly for free.
It’s that time of the week! It’s Friday and that means it’s time for some Friday fun! This Friday we are going to have fun with our social data and search!
With Digi.Me (formerly SocialSafe) you can search through all your social media content to find pretty much anything that you have shared with your friends, family and colleagues. Your challenge for this week is to give search a try and see if you can find a social media update that has the word Christmas in it!
Remember to share your finds with us on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #FridayFun.
We thought it was about time that we asked you why you care about your data and to what extent you care. If you have a spare couple of minutes please fill out our quick poll and help to show what really matters when it comes to your data!
If you have a Facebook account you may have noticed a little icon pop up in the top right of your account making you aware about the latest Facebook terms and policy changes. Most people tend to ignore these small changes but it is always worth noting how recent changes affect who owns your data.
The latest changes on Facebook attempt to make it clearer who has access to your data and how. The big changes are mainly in the area of tracking data on your mobile device. So if you are a mobile user your usage statistics including GPS data will now be stored against your Facebook account. Also included in this recent update is a log of websites you have visited whilst you are logged into Facebook. This information is collected and used to help advertisers target advertisements that are more relevant to your interests. Whilst this information has been collected in the past it hasn’t been as clear what it was being used for.
If you don’t want Facebook to know where you have been and when, the advice online is to use the web version of Facebook rather than the Facebook app. This way you keep your location data private when you are out and about.
What can we do to help you manage your data?
SocialSafe which is transitioning to Digi.Me can help you manage and store your social media content including your Facebook data. At the end of the day your data belongs to you and as such we provide you with the tools to take a copy of your data from Facebook (along with many other data sources) and store it locally so that you have your data on your computer. This means that if there is an outage on Facebook or you decide that you no longer wish to use a social media provider you can download a copy of your data including your images and status updates. You no longer have to lose those all important moments that you once shared with friends, family and colleagues. Give SocialSafe a try today by clicking on the link below. It’s free and puts you in control of your data! (Plus there is so much more you can do with your data when you have it all to yourself!)
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the internet, has spoken out about the issue of data ownership. An article this week in The Guardian talks of how the father of the world wide web sees a future in which the individual is the one who owns their personal data – not the big companies – and a future in which the individual can use that data for their own benefit.
Well they say great minds think alike, and we’re thrilled that this is precisely what we are actively working towards here at SocialSafe – individuals aggregating their personal data from a variety of different sources to create a vastly superior data set that is more useful than the sum of its parts. Today, SocialSafe is a social media organiser enabling users to download and aggregate a complete record of all their interactions in one safe place allowing them to view, search, export, organise it and more.
Looking towards the near future, SocialSafe will extend to all other personal data sets (e.g. shopping, banking, utilities, health, quantified self etc.) and users will be able to permission access others to their data for service, reward or convenience. The user has total control over what they choose to download and where they store it – we as a company never hold any of our users’ data, and they’ll always be able to access it.
We’ve been saying publicly for some time that we feel big data is wrong for the individual, and we’re immensely humbled to have our intentions and vision vindicated by the words of someone so influential in not only the tech industry, but the world as a whole. If you’ve not read Alex Hern’s article, we’d highly recommend that you do so. It may just change the way you think about personal data and who is benefiting from you being you.
Hopefully this video should remind you all that what you put online seldom stays private. Despite our best intentions, whenever we post things online or submit information to a third-party, our personal information is often available to a much larger number of people than we’d originally intended.
Here at SocialSafe we are proud to be a Respect Network founding partner, and believe that being able to #TakeBackControl is just the start. Once you have your personal data under your own control, then you can begin to do more with it.
We have started to make this possible for our users in terms of their social network data with the SocialSafe application. By backing up your own local copy of the content from your social networks, you can then search across all of your networks at once, create collections of content export raw data, PDFs and so on.
For more information about how the Respect Network operates, and to claim your own personal cloud name, please visit the main Respect Network site, and #TakeBackControl.
One of the cool things you can do when you download your Instagram photos to SocialSafe is to search through them by keyword or hashtag. When viewing your Instagrams within SocialSafe you can click on the Search box on the left hand side of the top bar and enter the word, name or phrase you’d like to find.
Any photos containing your chosen search term will be displayed. Hovering over an image will show you how many comments, tags and/or likes it has, and clicking on the image will open it up in a larger view, where you will be able to see the caption, any comments, who has liked your photo and any tags associated with it.
You can also change the date range [not demonstrated in this video] to only show you images from any of the preset time periods (eg Last 7 Days, Last 30 Days, Last Year etc), or set your own custom date range.
For more tutorial videos, including how to print your Instagrams as PDFs, please refer to the SocialSafe YouTube Channel where the other aspects and functionality of the SocialSafe application are covered in greater detail.