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Another security scandal at Facebook. My, how the week has flown. Yesterday it was revealed that Facebook has, once again, tried to cover up a security scandal. And this one is just inexcusable. Change your password immediately. This is how you do it!

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Email from Facebook

Sometimes you can become too suspicious when you receive an email about a security breach in one of your many online or social media accounts. I thought that two emails I received from Facebook were phishing attempts. Turns out they were genuine. This is how you can check whether an email from Facebook is genuine or not!

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Aunt May

In the past few days there have been numerous postings and articles in presumptive serious magazines and tech blogs that claim if you are posting a photo of what you looked like ten years ago, and what you look like today, it will make you vulnerable when it  comes to what Facebook knows about you. It’s not any more dangerous than what Facebook already knows about you. And they know a LOT! Let me show you exactly how much.

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Fake friend requests

I’m sure you’ve received them too. Friend requests from sexy bikini clad women who suddenly wants to be your friend. Or maybe you’ve received a friend request from a smiling man from Nigeria, who desperately wants to be your friend, so that you can help him with some money transfers? 

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How to Do a Search on Facebook

November 4th, 2018 | Posted by elfworld in Facebook | Social Media - (0 Comments)

Kari Bremnes

On of the most frequently asked questions I get about Facebook is how you can search for things that are posted there. Things just fly by in the news stream, and as long as you don’t save something to look at it later, you might never see it again. Or maybe you’d like to find something you posted yourself a long time ago? Let me show you how easy it is to search Facebook.

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Last Friday 50 million Facebook users woke up and discovered that they had been logged out of Facebook. Not just one place, but on their computer, cellphone, the Messengar app and on all devices where they had used Facebook as their logon method. Facebook is saying that there’s no need for their users to do anything. Don’t listen to Facebook! Change your password now!

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Yesterday I upgraded Office 2016 manually on my computer. This because I changed my Office 365 subscription to a payment plan that gives me more apps, like Teams and Skype for Business. This made the IBM Connections plugin for Outlook stop working. But thanks to IBM, I managed to fix it. Here’s how you can do the same.

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If you have your files in a cloud solution like Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, IBM Connections or Google Drive, you can connect Windows Explorer directly to these services. By doing this, you get direct access to your files from your Explorer window, as if they were stored locally on your computer. You can even access them while offline. Here are all the services I’m connected to:

Cloud services

 

PS: You can click on any of these images to see them in large versions if you want to see a more detailed view!

If I’m composing a new email in my web browser, like in Office 365, Gmail or IBM Verse, I can easily just take a file from any of these services, and drag them straight from Windows Explorer and into the email. Here I’m dragging a Dropbox file over as an attachment into a new email I’m composing in IBM Verse:

Drag from Dropbox to Verse

 

This works just as well in Gmail, Office 365 and most other web based mail services.

However, if I try to do this with a file in IBM Connections, it doesn’t work:

Drag and drop from Connections

 

Someone asked me about this a couple of weeks back, and I told him how you can get around this. Yes, you can drag and drop files in IBM Connections from Windows Explorer and straight into the email. To be able to do this, you must add the file to My Drive in Connections. Here’s how you do this:

  1. Find the IBM Connections file under My Files in Windows Explorer:
    My Files
  2. Right click on it and choose Add to My Drive:
    Add to my station
  3. A window showing you the synchronisation will pop up and then you will be told that the file has been added to My Drive. Click OK.
  4. Find My Drive in the left side menu of Explorer:
    My Drive in menu
  5. Find the file you just synced and simply drag it over to the email, and everything will work just fine:
    Drag into Verse

So you can achieve the same functionality with IBM Connections files, just as you can do with files from other cloud based services.

Note: Mac users will always be able to drag and drop directly into web based email services because they have to add their files to My Drive in order to be able to access them at all.

 

Here are 7 tips about your Facebook settings that you might not know about.

To get to any of these settings you have to click on the pulldown arrow to the right of the question mark at the top of your Facebook stream or page, and then choose Settings:

Facebook settings pulldown

This screen will now open up:

General FB settings

We are going to use the left side menu in this screen to gain access to all the 7 settings. You can click on all photos to see them in larger versions.

Also read: How to always see your Facebook Memories

Here are the 7 tips:

  1. How do people find you on Facebook?
    People can usually find you by searching for you, or maybe even Facebook suggests you as a friend for others. But you can exercise some control over this. In the left menu in Settings, go to Privacy and find the section called How People Find and Contact You:
    FB Privacy
    Here you can set who should be able to send you a friend request, if external search engines should be able to find you on Facebooks and how people can search and find you.
  2. Control who sees what on your timeline and who sees your tags?
    You can also control who should see what you post, and you can even control who should see postings you are tagged in. Go to Timeline and Tagging the left menu under Settings. There you will find all these settings:
    Timeline and tags
  3. Block anything you want
    Go to Blocking in the left side menu of Settings. You will now get a screen where you can do the following:
    – Put people on a Restricted list, which means you can keep people as friends, but hide all postings from them that you share with friends only
    – Block users, which means they are unfriended, can’t search for you, contact you, send you messages or see your profile
    – Block messages, you can stop users from sending you messages on Messenger. However, they will still be able to post on your profile, if you are friends
    – Block app invites, you can add friends who keeps sending you invites to apps to a list here
    – Block event invites, you can add friends you don’t want event invites from here
    – Block apps, here is where you add nametests.com and all other apps (let’s face it, all those apps are annoying)
    – Block pages, yup, you can even block entire Facebook pages
  4. Which language do you want?
    Go to Language in the left side menu of Settings. Here you can set the following:
    – What language should your Facebook be in
    – What language do you want postings in other languages to automatically be translated to and which languages you don’t want to translate
    – Set your postings to be posted in several languages at once
  5.  What should you be notified about?
    Yes, Facebook keeps coming up with new ways to annoy you with notifications. However, you can turn these on and off as you please via the Notifications menu in the left side menu of Settings:
    Notification settings
    On Facebook: here you can set in detail what sort of notifications that should pop up under the notification bell on Facebook. Do yourself a favour and go through this!
    Email: Turn on and off what notifications you want to receive emails from Facebook about
    Desktop and Mobile: Here you can control all the pop ups, buzzing and beeps you can get from Facebook, both on your cell phone and on your computer
    Text message: Turn on and off what sort of text  messages Facebook can send to your cell phone.
  6. What can the public see?
    Under Public Posts in the left side menu of Settings you can control who can follow your public posts (you can be followed by people who aren’t friends, unless you turn this off), comment on them, who can like or comment on public photos or profile info, if you want to have rankings on comments, your public Facebook name and if you want to connect a Twitter account to your Facebook (this means your postings will be posted on Twitter, with a link to your Facebook post).
  7. What does your Facebook profile look like?
    Have you ever wondered what your Facebook profile looks like to other people? Facebook has a really neat way to let you do this. Go to Public Posts in the left side menu of the Settings page:
    Public Posts
    At the bottom there is a link called Want to know what followers can see? View your public timeline:
    What can followers seeClick on this. Your profile will now open up, and you will be able to see how your profile looks for people who are not in your friends list:
    Public Profile
    At the top of your profile, above your Facebook profile photo you see this:
    Change profile v iewClick on this. A search field will now appear and you can search for any of your friends. Click on the name of the person you want to check and you will now see your profile just like that person will see it.

Also read: What happens to your Facebook profile when you die?

Did you like this tips? Do you want me to make tips about anything else on Facebook? Leave your comments below!

 

One of the things I like about  Facebook is that it can show you what you posted on this particular date all the way back to the year when you joined. Facebook is often showing you this functionality in your newsstream:

Facebook Memories

Under the memory itself, you can click on See More Memories to see all the memories for this particular date.

Some days you don’t get to see this memories reminder in your feed. But there is still a way for you to see all of your memories for today.

Simply add an /onthisday after facebook.com in the url in your browser. So the adress will then be: www.facebook.com/onthisday

If you are on your cell phone, simply open your web browser there and write m.facebook.com/onthisday:

On this Day mobile

There you go! See your memories whenever you want.

Please leave your comments and tell me what you think of this (and other) tips for to give any other feedback.

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