Online presence is a must for most of us whether because of work, utility or pleasure and web service providers make it easy to sign-up for their services. We all have many (too many?) accounts opened across the web because sure enough, it’s nice to stay in touch with people on Facebook, to shop online at Amazon, or to get the latest news in the mail.
But quitting, if for any reason you want to, is made much harder by Internet companies. It seems that some want to hang on to you at any price and make the process of leaving them as hard and frustrating as possible. This conscious arrangement is called “dark pattern”, which may include, for instance, the delete account button to be hidden in an unrecoverable corner of the service’s website, or having to have a lengthy phone call with a customer service adviser.
PwnedList is a free web tool that allows you to check if your online accounts have been compromised by hackers. The service has built the largest database of stolen credentials by indexing the locations where hackers post stolen data. All you have to do is enter your e-mail address and see if it’s on the list of hacked accounts.
There are many ways in which your email and password can be hacked. For example your company’s servers can be breached, or you may get a malicious piece of software that starts sneaking around on your computer. Along with security measures like choosing a strong password and changing it often, keeping your system and antivirus up to date and not using insecure computers or Internet connections to check your accounts, a service like PwnedList can bring you more peace of mind.
If for some reason you never got to try Pinterest, now may be a good time to do it. Previously you needed an invitation to sign-up, but that’s no longer the case. Anyone can now sign-up for free, without waiting.
Launched in 2010, Pinterest became the fastest-growing site ever, and it’s now considered to be the third largest social networking site, behind Facebook and Twitter. Women account for 60 percent of Pinterest’s visitors.
On Pinterest users collect photos and images in an elegant virtual pinboard, with boards for fashion clothes, beauty products, well-designed technology, architecture, or anything else they want to organize and share.
Do you want to spice up your SMSes, emails, chats, tweets or Facebook statuses with cool and interesting symbols like シ, ϟ, ☏, ♥, ❀, ✪, ✔, ✌, ♛? Or write ⓐ ⓒⓞⓞⓛ ⓜⓔⓢⓢⓐⓖⓔ ⓛⓘⓚⓔ ⓣⓗⓘⓢ ⓞⓝⓔ? With i2symbol it’s very easy.
i2symbol is a web tool that provides you with a wide range of rich graphical text symbols and special characters: faces, love symbols, smileys, emoticons, flowers, stars, music related, geometric shapes, signs, or technical symbols. There are over 50+ classes of symbols, and coverage of nearly all world alphabets and numerals.
The new Facebook Security Page tries to keep users safe on social networks. It features information about threats, security tips, a Facebook Security Guide, and an Antivirus Marketplace that offers free antivirus software downloads.
Facebook offers the following antivirus products for free download: McAfee Internet Security (PC), Microsoft Security Essentials (PC), Norton Antivirus (PC and Mac), Trend Micro (PC and Mac), and Sophos Antivirus (Mac). Six months of free updates are included, but each Facebook user can only download one free antivirus product per account.