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Social Media Report Background Checks in USA

Published by calhoun on June 26th, 2011 - in Internet, News, Politics

Social Media Background Check for Employers

Background Check FingerprintIn the United States, a company setup ran by Max Drucker has been given the authority to use social media as a legitimate background check for employers. This poses a few problems for the general public and leaves the United States employment service open to a huge number of risks.

How it works.

The social media background report would need to look up your details and make a best guess about that person. Lets take the company ceo as an example.

Max Drucker quotes:

“move ti reno if your trying to…”

bertos, gym, work, sleep

So what can we tell from this? Well clearly Social Intelligence CEO Max Drucker has very poor english skills. Lets put that into his record. His photo is of a group, we’ll have to assume that he was at a drug induced frat party. Now lets give him an employability score. Well, unfortunately we do not wish to have drunk drugies working for us, we can no longer consider his application. Now we must send a rejection letter.

Privacy?

What, you think that it breacheas privacy? I completely agree. I would also encourage that Facebook work with the people to block out their service to prevent any missrepresentations of an individual to employers. The decision to use this kind of service as an employer should not be undertaken lightly. Deny the wrong person a job they were suitible for and you may find yourself at the wrong end of a class action lawsuit for misstreatment of the individuals privacy.

The United States seriously needs to think about what kind of a country they really want to be. This kind of company starts moving them deeper into commuism and they are already far from being a great honourable country.

References
Consumerist | SIC

Facebook and how you can use it to make money

Published by calhoun on June 25th, 2011 - in eCommerce, Internet, News

How to use Facebook to Make Money

Facebook PictureFacebook is big, Facebook is popular and Facebook is something you should be thinking about if you want to generate money.

They say that finding new customers is hard, and I can sympathies with that feeling. However in the case of social networking, facebook appears to be doing very well for itsself. Considering that they have managed to build a commercial success around what is essentially a brain dump onto a website is very impressive.

As a company however, why should you want to ignore Facebook? Would you ignore Google in your marketing strategy? I didn’t think so.

Statistics speak for them self, around 250 million people are logged into Facebook in any given day. With around 500million users considered to be active. As a business you want to make use of this huge amount of users. But you dont know how to go about it do you?

Facebook Pages

Lets get started by setting up a Facebook page. You need to set up one if you have not already. This is certainly the first place to start your Facebook marketing strategy from.  This is the starting point, you should be actively marketing it – have staff posting on it, link from your existing website to it. “like” it and share it.

Generating Likes

The key to developing a commercial strategy on Facebook is to have fans that like your products. Putting your products onto Facebook is important and there are a number of strategies that can be done to make this happen. E-Commerce developers can develop your website so that products are integrated to Facebook. You could even have your own full shop in place.  Integrating a shop into Facebook allows you to start accepting Facebook Credits as a payment method.

Custom Landing Page

Why not consider setting up a custom landing page? Redbull and Coca Cola have done it and done it rather well. Your custom page would make you stand out from that of your competitors.

Special Offers

Promote on Facebook only special discounts Dominos are very good at doing this giving special offers which are larger than through other channels.

What you can get out of it is that with an average user having 100 friends, if they comment on your special offer, or share it, and we assume that you have generated 100 fans of your page, then that a huge 10000 people are going to see your product or service. How much would it cost you to send a mail shot to 10,000 people daily? I’d wager it’ll cost more than spending a good few hours setting up a good Facebook campaign.

Employing this strategy will see a growth in your business, an inactive Facebook account has reportedly generated some of the big firms 60K site visits a month. Becoming active they could easily see that figure double.

Global strategic war declared on governments against Internet Liberty

Published by calhoun on June 21st, 2011 - in Internet, Politics, Technology

Dilbert Data SecurityRecently I wrote about the UK Government’s refusal to upgrade the ancient obsolete browser known as Internet Explorer 6 and how they were citing Security reasons for remaining on the ancient browser. With the British government yielding the current Internet Villian of the Year, then they must be confident in their security.

Lulzsec and Anonymous however may be about to put that security confidence to the test, the two hacking groups have joined forces in a joint operation that they are referring to as Operation Anti-Security. They have openly declared war against organizations, with a particular emphasis on Government and Banks (although I am not sure why they want to focus on banks) which are known to have dubious reputations in the internet liberties front.

Taking into account the governments highly controversial digital piracy laws which would see users and companies struck from the Internet for downloading unauthorized files I expect Lulzsec’s glare may shift towards the insecurity of the British Government. Who knows, perhaps they may in co-ordinating strategic attacks against the government awaken a sleeping generation of non voters prompting them to stand up and be counted at the next general election.

Suggestions that it may be a plot to give governments an excuse to take more control of the internet seem to be unfounded. The two groups have been increasingly becoming more high profile with recent attacks. The two groups if they play wisely, should stay away from attacking banks, despite the world distrust of the banking sector, people are still financially motivated. Removing access to financial information by striking down banks will lead to the general public siding with the banks and government instead. Keep it strategic and go after governments and a good population will not be unsympathetic to the cause.

References:
The Inquirer |  PCMag | iGyaan

Jurors sent to prison for using Internet in Trials

Published by calhoun on June 19th, 2011 - in Internet, News, Politics

Scales of JusticeIn cases where a defendant is tried by jury, each juror is expected to uphold the laws of the country as part of their service, they are expected to remain impartial and act on the evidence presented within the trial. Anonymity within the process is essential to a fair trial.  If Jurors are feeling threatened by the possibility of a retribution attack by the defendant if the are found guilty, then individual jurors are liekly to vote in favour of a not guilty verdict. The result being that a a criminal may walk free.

Thats exactly whats happened, and not for the first time because of Jurors take the law into their own hand and start investigating the details of the crime, or discussing it with others.

During a recent case, Joanne Fraill has discussed the deliberations of the jury with the Defendant on Facebook. It earned her a reputation for destroying a multi-million pound drug case and a prison sentence, being convicted for contempt of court. It seems to be a worrying trend that jurors in the age of the internet are not taking their responsibilities and duties seriously.

References:
GuardianGuardian (2)

Europe Launches Investigation into Google

Published by calhoun on November 30th, 2010 - in Internet, News, Technology

Google MonopolyThe European Anti-Trust regulator has launched an investigation into Google over complaints by two rivals that Google demoted their sites on the grounds of being a competitor. Not surprisingly Microsoft filed a complaint with the commission against Google as well. Since when did it become standard business practice to assume your competitor is acting without genuine practices. If that were the case the regulators would have more cases than they know what to do with.

Google smugly responded with: “There is always going to be room for improvement, so we will be working with the Commission to address any concerns”

The commission has severe powers-  they can fine 10% of what the companies global turn over was if they find Google guilty of anti competition. Of course, if they act anything like Microsoft, the appeals process will take decades before any fines are ever paid. The commission will also investigate if the company acted maliciously over partner advertising – I think they are referring to ad-words for website revenue generation here.

References
Yahoo

Prince Andrew laughs in life or death revelations

Published by calhoun on November 30th, 2010 - in Internet, News, Politics

Look at the Person Talking PosterBoth Washington and London have declared that the release of documents from wikileaks are a massive threat to national security and could cost lives. But how realistic is this? Only a fraction of the documents have been released so far but what I have looked at hasn’t been exactly matters of life and death. Or for that matter things we were not already aware of.

In on release, the Secretary of State hinted that the US should prepare for possible further actions against Iran – It has long been suspected that USA wants to attack Iran over its nuclear program. They even went so far as to consult people on the matter. Surely this cant be the life and death stuff Washington and London is fearful of being released to the general public?

Perhaps they are referring to diplomatic discussions with  the Saudi Crown Prince which indicated that it was of importance to the King that the situation in Iran be dealt with by any means necessary. That was certainly unexpected, the Saudi government never seemed to be publicly working in co-operation with the western world before.

London might be just trying to cover up some rather humiliating revelations about Prince Andrew instead. The prince has accused the UK as having the best geography teachers in the world and that the US never was any good at Geography. Well, it wasn’t long ago that we heard a study suggesting that a disturbingly high percentage of American school children could not point out America on a map of the world. So that really is not new stuff either. The prince referring  to law enforcement as idiots well that perhaps is a new revelation but again, this really isn’t a threat to National Security of Britain let alone the United States.

So a lot of the dangerous stuff seems to relate to Iran, so is London and washington afraid of the retaliation from Iran? Well, they can sleep safely now, because Iran has responded: “We don’t give any value to these documents” – President Ahmadinejad stated in a press conference where he outright blames the United States for the release of these documents. A sign that no one is really taking the documents seriously, people are enjoying reading the remarks made by people that were in positions of power and heard things that in retrospect should perhaps never have been said for political correctness reasons.

References
Daily Mail
TheMirror
AllVoices

Most UK companies are involved in Spam Mail.

Published by calhoun on October 24th, 2010 - in Internet, Technology

SpamUnsolicited email has been around for a while and isnt showing any sign of stopping anytime soon. Its a spin off from old fashioned unsolicited junk mail through the letter box and often no less exciting. Occasionally, there is some spam that comes into my inbox that is hilarious to make fun of the guys sending it, actually that’s the entire purpose behind my new site being setup , www.mockthespammer.com people are encouraged to join up, and discuss spam they have received – whilst removing links of course!

Spam Rating company has done some research and it seems that the majority of the companies sending email in the UK are not sending it in a way that complies with good mail practice. The survey reveals that its not talking about the corner shops, big brand chain companies such as B&Q, JD Sports and perhaps the worst offender, PC World. They of all people should know better.

References
TopNews

National Security should be secondary to Personal Security

Published by calhoun on October 21st, 2010 - in Internet, Politics, Technology

Spy SatelliteEchelon has for a long time been reportedly able to intercept communications in essentially any form, e-mail, telephone, fax you name it they are meant to be able to in real time intercept it, and “secure” the state against terrorist attacks. Or whatever they happen to be trying to find out. Such a system especially in the hands of the United States would with a high likelihood be abused to political purpose.

Then the FBI walks in.

They have been putting pressure on getting even more power of interception over communications. The latest achievement that they are looking for is to regulate the encryption industry.

Regulating a security industry in the sense that the FBI wants is a dangerous idea. Security should be between two communicating parties and, if the security worked, no one else will be able to intercept what happened. The very definition of what the FBI is seeking to do, mandatory back doors to encryption protocols is the complete opposite of security. Instead of having to work out what the private key is, you just need to find the government master key in a very One Ring to Rule them all approach to security.

Creating a security protocol to protect two parties from intercepti0n, whilst allowing a government agency the ability to intercept is something that cannot be allowed. A protocol which allows this would be notoriously difficult to design and maintain, and this will open up even more potential security risks well beyond just the government snooping capability.

Without enabling this back door , it is obvious from the number of security breaches involving large companies that should know better that security is a difficult task as it is. Google was breached by China, Cisco already has built a network that allows tapping by law enforcement, and this is vulnerable to a number of breaches to.

The arguments put forward against the use of regulation in the encryption market are very strong, and even take into account constitutional issues and freedom in general.

References
Black Hat
CNN
Electronic Foundation Frontier

Linux a serious option for children heres why.

Published by calhoun on October 18th, 2010 - in Internet, Technology

Linux vs MicrosoftMany of you know me as being a pro Linux kind of guy, it makes sense really! Its free, its reliable, and it gets the job done with a lot less hassle than doing the same work on a Windows machine.

I however am not the only one who supports the use of Linux. Jack Wallen speaking from TechRepublic has actively encouraged the use of Linux for children. I agree with him.

Key points from what he says over at ZDnet is that Linux should be aimed at children and would make an excellent choice for use in schools – some places have entirely switched computers over to Linux in schools and many University computing departments make use of Linux also. Kerala in India has completely switched all of their school computing away from Windows to Linux.

Points of Note:

  • Virus, Malware and Security – Given that Viruses and Malware are for all intents and purposes do not exist on Linux this is a clear move, He points out that children are likely to open things they shouldn’t and are not going to be supervised constantly on the computer. Security models on Linux are by design far more secure than Windows.
  • Cost of Ownership – its free, and this surely will fit in line with Government budget cuts no longer will they need to pay expensive annual license costs for copies of Windows or Office (which can be and should be replaced by OpenOffice).

With this in mind, perhaps its time to send a few letters to local MPs,  get a campaign going to convert school computers over to Linux.

References
NewLaunches
ZDNet

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UK Government not prepared for Cyber attacks

Published by calhoun on October 16th, 2010 - in Internet, Technology

Cyber SecurityIt seems that whilst London has been busy fighting over where money should be going they may have forgot there is a nation to run. This week has seen some serious warnings about the failings of the UK National security preparations. Government Communication HeadQuarters (GCHQ) director Iain Lobban has warned of a threat of cyber attacks on the UK infrastructure.

A former advisor to the whitehouse working now at security firm RSA highlights that international efforts must be made to deal with the threat of cyber attacks. There are countries that still turn a blind eye to the activities so long as that they are being directed from outside their borders. These nations must deal with activities such as this – and I suspect these countries may belong to the middle east.

The house of lords have also held a debate for 2 hours into the subject of cyber defense. How productive that may have been im not sure, but the conclusion was that the Government needed to take action so even if they are clueless the right advise was suggested anyway. The debate came about as a result of an EU recommendation of an NATO-EU joint effort to protect member states from such threats. Of course, that was published in May, so its good to see the Lords are up to speed!

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