Amazon has launched a social purchasing network called Spark, where you buy something and it posts your purchase to your social network so that others can buy it too. They've also launched a clothes app, where the app will make suggestions of what you should wear.
Rick has discovered that people are logging into his Facebook account without his knowledge or consent. Leo says he should change his password immediately and turn on 2-factor authentication. It will prevent another computer from logging into his account, even if they have the password. Facebook also stores a cookie in the browser that will enable him to open Facebook without logging in. So he shouldn't use Facebook on a public computer.
Facebook celebrated surpassing two billion active daily users this week. Leo says that if you do the math, that's easily half of all the people who use the Internet. WOW.
Known as Facebook Spaces, this new virtual meeting place/world enables you to use your Oculus Rift to interact with others around the world through your avatar, as if you're in the same room. Leo says it's buggy, but it's a beginning. You can share video or pictures, and add images to your world so it becomes part of the background. It's interesting. Maybe even intriguing. But Leo says you wouldn't want to live there.
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George needs to create a central bulletin board that can allow two universities to communicate and share data out of the public eye. Leo says that a website is probably the best way to do it because he can set up authorship and commenting privileges. He could password protect it, too. Websites have superseded BBS because they are a lot easier. Doctor Mom runs a special space for her medical society and they use LinkedIn. They can even make it a closed group.
According to a new study, social media is making us miserable as we compare our lives to those posting online. Leo suggests trying to search the beginning of a phrase in Google, such as "I always," and Google will finish the phrase using search data from other people. You'll immediately find out that everyone else's lives are not as glamorous as they seem on social media.
Doctor Mom has been drafted into running the social media for a medical journal group she's a part of. How can she get started? Leo says that social media is of great value, but to be effective, it needs to be staffed because it takes a lot of time. Doctor Mom seems to be it, though. She also has to do a podcast aimed at who they want to reach. How can she get her podcast on TuneIn? Leo says that everyone listens to podcasts on their phone these days and most will use the app they already have. Leo says it could be an uphill battle to get on TuneIn.
Steven manages a band for a living, and he got snookered into adding someone to be an Admin on their Facebook band page. Now the real admins have been removed from the group and they lost ownership to the page. Leo says that all you can do is contact Facebook and ask them to restore ownership to the page. It's important to remember that hackers will use urgency to trick you. So when you get unexpected messages, take a deep breath and confirm the source. You should also check and deauthorize any apps associated with the page.
Recently, privacy advocates have become aware that US Customs and the TSA are demanding travelers turn over passwords to their social media and demanding travelers open up their laptops and mobile devices to gain your data. Leo says that is clearly a violation of privacy and the fifth amendment. That passwords and fingerprint ID should be protected. Leo recommends turning off all your devices while you're re-entering the country. But they may detain you until you do. So be ready to call a lawyer.
Brian is concerned that the more data he creates with his phone and computer, the more data is out there for people to know about him. How can he be more private online? Leo says his mobile phone leaks data in a wide variety of ways, and not even the iPhone is invulnerable anymore. The best way is to just get off the internet. Since that isn't practical, he'll have to compromise and just be careful how he shares data. He should avoid social media. He should remember that his ISP knows everything he does online.