New Social Media Network All About Security – Just 10 Limits Number of Friends, Amount of Time Posts Remain Visible

A new social media network is hoping to provide privacy and protection to its members.

Just10logoLaunched this month, Just10 takes the idea of sharing information, pictures and statuses and condenses it to a tight circle of 10 friends with all posts disappearing in 10 days. The network has been crafted by cyber-security advocate Frederick Ghahramani who stressed the importance of protecting oneself by remaining connected.

“We felt that it was impossible for people to freely express themselves if everyone in the world is watching and judging,” Ghahramani stated in a press release. “I don’t want my kids’ futures undone by something stupid they might say in the heat of the moment. And I want them to have a safe space online where they can freely express their ideas and opinions, without fear of being profiled and tracked by advertisers looking to exploit their data, hiring managers looking to profile their personalities, or even jealous exes.”

The idea to limit the number of friends came based on a University of Oxford study. That study indicated people — regardless of the number of ‘friends’ they may have on social media — generally only have four true friends. Reducing the number of people information is shared with, and the amount of time that information remains visible, increases security.

Just10 also keeps members from third part applications and advertisements. In addition, the network offers Meactions, commenting icons that allow for a range of emotions and responses to what people post. While there are stock Meactions available, unlike any other social network, people are also quickly and easily able to upload their own pictures, even of their own faces, so they can offer highly personalized and tailored responses and comments.


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New Report Outlines Who’s Attacking Online and How – ICIT Provides Look at Groups Behind Cyber Attacks

When it comes to cyber-security, education is paramount.

ICITA lengthy new report issued by the The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology takes an extensive look at the state of cyber-security and the threats that are posed, daily, against systems. The report walks readers through characteristics and intricacies of hackers and hacker groups.

The idea behind the report, aptly subtitled Know Your Enemy, is to shed light on how these groups work and where weaknesses can be targeted.

“Even with multi-factor authentication and cyber-security protocols in place, breaches will happen. Optimized cybersecurity strategies will use early warning mechanisms such as behavioral analytics and behavioral biometrics coupled with multilayered encryption. This ‘Tar Pit’ method will slow down a breach, alert the proper administrator and minimize threat,” the report explains.

“That said, even the most robust cybersecurity strategy is useless if the bad actor has obtained legitimate admin credentials, therefore education is essential. Spear Phishing is one commonality shared by a majority of hacking events. Spoofed URL’s, watering hole attacks etc. are all dependent on getting the target to click on a link or open an attachment that carries the malicious code that will infect one’s network; the objective is to train staff to identify these subtleties that will have catastrophic impact.”

One of the interesting things about the report is its breakdown — by various countries — of threat groups. Authors James Scott and Drew Spaniel provide insight on these groups with some explanation on their modus operandi.

“This report,” Scott stated in an e-mail, “is sure to be the cyber-security journalist’s new research counterpart and the policy advisor’s go-to handbook for quick referencing and attribution details.”


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Facebook Free Basics Program Banned in India – Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Ruled Telcom Providers Must Charge Same Price for All Content

Facebook’s Free Basics service has hit a major roadblock in India.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) ruled today that cellular operators are required to charge the same price for all content.

The new law, known as the Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, indicates that “no service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content.”

It goes on to say that; “No service provider shall enter into any arrangement, agreement or contract, by whatever name called, with any person, natural or legal, that has the effect of discriminatory tarlffs for data services being offered or charged by the service provider for the purpose of evading the prohibition in this regulation.”

That means Reliance Communications — which was partnering with Facebook via its internet.org program — will be unable to bring back the free basic Internet to Indian mobile customers.

Free Basics, the brainchild of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is a program from internet.org, a global initiative to make Internet access available to five billion new households in underdeveloped areas by 2023.

Under Free Basics, users in Mumbai, Maharashtra and Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, and Kerala regions, were able to access Facebook and Facebook Messenger, Wikipedia, Bing Search, Dictionary.com, Accuweather, BabyCenter & MAMA, Malaria No More and a number of local and international news organizations.

The problem, critics say, is that the plan violates the principles of Net neutrality by only offering select sites to users, a practice known as a ‘walled garden.’

Zuckerberg, however, has stressed that some free access is better than no access at all.

Facebook’s CEO penned an opinion piece, which was published by the Times of India in December, about the importance of the program. He described Free Basics as a “bridge to the full Internet and digital equality.”

“Instead of wanting to give people access to some basic Internet services for free, critics of the program continue to spread false claims – even if that means leaving behind a billion people,” he wrote.

“Instead of recognizing the fact that Free Basics is opening up the whole Internet, they continue to claim – falsely – that this will make the Internet more like a walled garden. Instead of welcoming Free Basics as an open platform that will partner with any telco, and allows any developer to offer services to people for free, they claim – falsely – that this will give people less choice. Instead of recognizing that Free Basics fully respects Net neutrality, they claim – falsely – the exact opposite.”

Now that the TRAI has made its decision, it looks like Facebook will have to go back to the drawing board if it wants to get India’s lower-income mobile users online.


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