Facebook Upgrading Fan Pages To Look Like Profile Page

is busy rolling out another UI change, this time though it is for Fan pages on Facebook (become our Fan). The new Facebook Fan page UI is basically similar to the Facebook profile page changes which was hated by many users.

Facebook Fan Page Update

Facebook has been making a lot of changes to their UI recently which includes removing suggest fan page to friends feature, adding spam filter to pages and reducing the tab width of fan pages among other things.

The new fan pages are similar to profile pages with the navigation moved to the left had side, recent photos displayed at the top of the page, a new wall filter for displaying wall posts, more tighter integration with the rest of Facebook and new options in Settings.

I find the UI of the new fan page really ugly and it is definitely something that I won’t want to switch to. Unfortunately, the upgrade will be rolled out to all users whether they want it or not.

What do you think about the new Facebook Fan page design? Do you love it or hate it? Do let me know through your comments.

Update: You can read about the new Facebook Fan page update in this note posted by Facebook.

"I Was Online For xx Hours In 2010" Facebook Scam Spreading

After a brief lull, a new Facebook scam has just popped it’s head out. The new scam is spread through wall post updates of people where users will see a text saying "I was online on FB for 4007 hours in 2010! Use this great tool to check how much hours you spent online."

I was Online Facebook Scam

As you can see the message is enticing enough for users to click on to actually see how many hours they have spent on . However, this is a scam and clicking on this link will lead you to the app asking for permissions. Once you give it permissions, it will automatically post an update to your wall with a similar message and then ask you to complete some surveys.

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The app is definitely a scam, because when I used it on an account created just for scams like these, it told me that I was online for 3988 hours in 2010, whereas as per my last recollection this account was only created in December and the max time I have spent online with this account can hardly go beyond a couple of hours.

Rest aside, do not click on this link and ask your friends who post such updates to delete it from their walls. Also if you are so keen to check how much time you spend on Facebook, check out some of our earlier articles.

Facebook Celebrates 7th Birthday With 1.5 Million Facebook Users

, the social network which took the world by a storm and now has almost 600 million users just celebrated their 7th Birthday today. Facebook was launched on February 4th, 2004 and has been steadily growing to new heights each and every year.

Facebook's 7th Birthday

At latest unofficial valuation Facebook is worth a whooping $50 billion. However, more than that, Facebook has managed to bring people closer to their friends who they knew since school days and also several other people whom you could never keep in touch with otherwise.

Facebook also shared an interesting fact that they share their birthday with 1.5 million other Facebook users. Here’s wishing Facebook a Very Happy 7th Birthday, despite all your privacy issues, you have definitely helped me connect with long lost friends.

Windows Phone 7 Gets Angry Birds and Instagram Clones

Android and iPhone have been instrumental for the success of applications like Angry Birds and Instagram, neither of these apps are available on Windows Phone 7. Angry Birds creators, Rovio don’t look too keen on bringing their popular game on the platform. Similar is the case with Instagram, a simple app that allows you to add filters to your photographs and has social network integration for sharing photographs.

Instagram reached a Million users in December and Twitter added the ability to view photographs from Instagram on their web interface. Angry Birds had a Million downloads on the first day of their Android version launch. The popularity of these apps and their absence on WP7 has inspired developers to fill in this gap with clones.

Bubblegum (Instagram Clone):

Like Instagram, the app allows you choose from a set of filters that you apply to an image and then upload the image. The uploaded image can be sent to Facebook and Twitter. you can also checkin to a location on Foursquare at the same time.

Unfortunately, the app does not make use of Foursquare’s image API and on Foursquare you get the URL to the image as a checkin comment. Even on Facebook, a link to the image is posted to your wall instead of the image being shown.  Some screenshots:

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Links to two images I uploaded using the app:

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Chicks n’ Vixens (Angry Birds clone):

First up, not the best choice of names. Talking about the game, the components of the game have been changed keeping the game play same.

  • Birds Chicken
  • Pigs Vixens
  • Slingshot Canon

The game is free for download and if you feel left out from the Angry Birds hype you should definitely try this app out. Screenshot:

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How Safe is Gmail, Twitter and Facebook? Is HTTPS Safe? We Show You How It Isn’t

Hey, isn’t HTTPS the most safe and secure way to access a website? Not exactly, here is where we show how people can use a simple method to crack , and .

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So you think you can’t be hacked? Well, think again, you can be hacked using a simple image and JavaScript on a secure HTTPS. Before I go ahead on this, watch a video below created by our author Amit Banerjee which shows you how vulnerable you are on the Internet.

As you can see from the above video, it is very easy for anyone to know when you are logged into Gmail, Twitter and Facebook without having to place any suspicious code on your PC. All you need to do is visit a website to check whether or not you are logged in on these sites. Your information can be tracked, no matter whether it uses HTTPS or not and whether you visit the website or not.

This is basically very scary because this is a cross-platform hack and is done through a image which is hosted by these services. Though, I do know that on how this is done, I don’t have any solutions to negate this problem right now,  but I am really trying to figure out one. Till then there is nothing you can do about it. Fun right?

I have reached out to Gmail, Facebook and Twitter about this and am awaiting a response. Will update this post once I get one. Till then, you are not safe on the internet.

The hack basically uses the HTTP status code to find out whether you are logged in or not into these services. Since these images are hosted on Gmail, Twitter and Facebook a user basically has to log in to view them, so it becomes easy to figure out when you are logged in or not. If you are curious to see this in action, visit this page.

For more information, check out Hack A Day on how HTTP Status codes can be abused.

(Video and most of the reporting done by Amit Banerjee)

Facebook’s "Instant Personalization" Automatically Shares Your Data With Other Websites Without Your Consent

Oh my dear , why do though take decisions for me? You make HTTPS opt-in, but want me to opt-out when it comes to sharing my data with third party websites, and you say that you adhere to privacy standards?

Disable Facebook Instant Personalization

If you have had issues with Facebook’s privacy settings, here is something which will irk you even more. Facebook has a new privacy setting in place called "Instant Personalization" which basically gives your data to other websites without your consent. When I say without your consent, it means that you have to opt-out of this feature to stop sharing your data with other websites.

I find this really ridiculous because on one hand Facebook makes security features opt-in and on the other hand they feel that it is fine to share your personal data with other websites without your explicit consent.

If you don’t want to share your data with third-party websites, go to Account -> Privacy Settings and click on "Edit your settings" under the "Apps and Websites" item at the bottom left of the screen. On this page, click the "Edit Settings" button next to the item "Instant personalization" and uncheck the checkbox next to "Enable instant personalization on partner websites."

The feature was launched last year in April, but is now being gradually pushed out to all users. This is the first time I saw this option in my privacy settings and I was surprised that it is enabled by default. You can learn more about how your data is shared and whether you really want this feature to be enabled by default at http://www.facebook.com/instantpersonalization/.

Old Spice Man Is Back [Videos]

Remember the Old Spice Man? The social media coup by Old Spice where the advertisements went viral? If not, then check out this Wikipedia page first or watch all previous Old Spice Man videos.

Old Spice Guy

However, the very viral Old Spice Man is back now with a new video that has been uploaded to . The videos made the term "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" famous and was also one of the biggest viral advertising campaign created and promoted through social networking.

After the huge success last year, the Old Spice Guy went out of the picture, but it looks like he is back now with a new video on YouTube titled "Old Spice | I’m Back". Well just like always, the Old Spice Guy is targeting his message to "The Ladies". He also goes on to say that he is back because they have created a new set of advertisements which will show a man how to smell well.

All I can say is "Welcome back, Old Spice Man". Watch the video of his return below, or click here if you can’t see it.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Fan Page Hacked, Are We Safe On Facebook?

I have written about various Facebook scams in the past, most of them were not harmful, but they definitely showed how unsafe was. Now, what if the account of the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was compromised? Would you be able to trust the company? Would you be able to really put your private information on the website?

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Fan Page Hacked

In what could be a embarrassment for Facebook, the fan page of Mark Zuckerberg; the founder of Facebook, was recently hacked. The person who hacked the account wasn’t as nasty as the Bristol Palin Twitter hacker, but he did leave a message on the Facebook fan page reportedly from Mark Zuckerberg.

The message as seen in the screenshot above was spotted by TechCrunch, however, within a few minutes or so the fan page for Mark was taken down. The message that was left says:

Let the hacking begin: if facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a "social business" they way Nobel Price [sic] winner Muhammad Yunus described it? What do you think? #hackercup2011.

The message was definitely not left by Zuckerberg and even if he did, the entire Facebook page would not be taken down. So if the company’s founders account can be hacked, are we safe enough on Facebook? Can we trust them to take care of our private information? Would the recent security measures at Facebook change any of these things?

It is time to question what you put on Facebook. In the end no one’s account is safe.

Facebook Gets HTTPS Support and Social Authentication

Earlier this month, was playing around with a new setting which allowed users to switch to HTTPS on their website. The feature was eventually pulled out, however, you can always visit Twitter at https://www.twitter.com to use a secure connection.

Facebook HTTPS

, today announced their continued attempts at providing security to their users by allowing users to switch to secure browsing using HTTPS on the site. The new feature is opt-in and users will have to visit their "Account settings" page to turn on HTTPS browsing on Facebook.

Facebook Account Security HTTPS

To enable HTTPS support on Facebook, head over to this page and click on the "change" link next to "Account Security". You will be shown an option to turn on secure browsing for Facebook. Click on the checkbox next to the option and then hit the Save button to start browsing Facebook securely.

Facebook Social Authentication

Please note, the secure browsing option is not yet available to all users and will be rolled out gradually. In addition to providing users with secure browsing. Facebook is also going to change the captchas on their site to social authentication. So instead of displaying you with a captcha while adding links or during other activities on Facebook, you will now be shown a picture of your friend and will be asked to identify them.

Instead of showing you a traditional captcha on Facebook, one of the ways we may help verify your identity is through social authentication. We will show you a few pictures of your friends and ask you to name the person in those photos. Hackers halfway across the world might know your password, but they don’t know who your friends are.

The new social authentication is a step towards is to thwart attempts by hackers who could easily crack your passwords but might not know who your friends are. Social Authentication is a beta feature and is being tested out currently, so don’t expect it to be perfect.

BREAKING: Bristol Palin’s Twitter Account Hacked

With all the hoopla going around today about Todd Palin scandal/affair; who happens to be Sarah Palin’s husband and Bristol Palin’s father, the account of Bristol Palin seems to have been hacked by someone.

Bristol Palin Twitter Account Hacked

If you visit the compromised account of Bristol Palin, you will see her image replaced with the one posted above. In addition to that the hacker has also taken over her timeline posting updates on her behalf. Well, anyone reading that would be able to figure out that the account has been compromised.

Bristol Palin Timeline Compromised

As of few minutes ago, the hacker is still posting updates on Bristol Palin’s account. We have reported the account to Twitter and are awaiting further updates.

More to come…

(h/t @shahpriya)