Mariah Carey is the latest celebrity to be picked by scammers for a hoax death.
Links to these hoax sites announcing a celebrity death are posted around Facebook, Twitter as linkbait to websites used to trick people into installing malware, complete surveys and so on. Often with prompts like complete this survey to prove you are hunan, install this app to view content etc.
If you see a news announcement like this DON’T share it. Go to a reliable news source like Channel 4, Sky News, Huffington Post, Yahoo News etc. The death of a well known celebrity will be all over the news sites.
Changes are being made to the ERSWS branding over the next few months, which includes new Facebook and Twitter graphics. The idea behind these new designs is to reflect more of what ERSW.
Facebook Timeline Cover
The new black and blue Facebook Timeline Cover replaces the original Blueprint Timeline Cover. It comes with a matching profile photo.
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Facebook and Twitter Profile Photo
The profile photo has been kept deliberately simple so it works at different sizes while being identifiable.
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The Twitter background is the same as Facebook with minor changes to suit the different size of graphics so they be as nice as possible regardless of device.
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We’ve mentioned before on our Facebook page, Twitter feed and on our blog that the functionality needed for an app to tell who your Facebook Stalker, Top Profile Visitor, Who’s Spying On You etc is not available. Some of these apps have been used to spread malware or promote malware spreading apps or websites. They could also cause friction in relationships and cause untold misery.
Facebook has never made it available and have said on numerous occasions that they have no plans to ever make it available.
Facebook have said…
Can I know who’s looking at my Timeline or how often it’s being viewed?
No. Facebook doesn’t let you track who views your profile or your posts (ex: your photos). Third-party apps are also unable to do this.
So please don’t install these Facebook stalker apps, ever. Not even “just for fun” and report the app.
A lost toy cat that was left on a London-Liverpool train, has meant Virgin Trains launched a Twitter campaign to find its owner. The toy cat was discovered by Virgin Trains staff on the 1707 train from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street today.
Virgin Trains tweeted Has anyone lost their cat on 17:07 Euston to Liverpool service today? No details on the collar unfortunately
The cuddly toy cat is black and white and has a pink collar and lead. It bears a striking resemblance to Postman Pat’s cat Jess.
Let’s hope the cat finds it’s owner. A happy ending would just be purr-fect.
Update 23/04/2015 – We checked with Virgin Trains, the ownder still hasn’t been discovered! :'(
Facebook has created eleven new guides to it’s privacy and security settings.
These guides are interactive and very visual in style and include topics like hacked accounts, phishing, how you are protected and spam. They are part of the privacy basics tool that was launched by Facebook back in November.
It’s good to see Facebook trying to educate users about using privacy tools, choosing sensible passwords etc. The sheer size of people using Facebook makes it difficult to educate people. Many people still wont pay attention – in 2014 the three most popular passwords were 123456 (unchanged from 2013), password (unchanged) and 12345!