Keeping Facebook News & Reviews http://facebookeeping.com Content Syndication from Over 60 Sources Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:46:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 How does Facebook keep your password secure? http://facebookeeping.com/how-does-facebook-keep-your-password-secure-8365.html http://facebookeeping.com/how-does-facebook-keep-your-password-secure-8365.html#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:46:10 +0000 http://facebookeeping.com/how-does-facebook-keep-your-password-secure-8365.html As much of the digital world deals with leaks and hacks, Facebook knows that keeping user data secure is the most important thing it can do. The company’s security team explained in a blog post , written by Security Engineer Chris Long, how they keep the password safe: Our team wanted to do something to […]]]>

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As much of the digital world deals with leaks and hacks, Facebook knows that keeping user data secure is the most important thing it can do.

The company’s security team explained in a blog post , written by Security Engineer Chris Long, how they keep the password safe:

Our team wanted to do something to improve this situation, so we built a system dedicated to further securing people’s Facebook accounts by actively looking for these public postings, analyzing them, and then notifying people when we discover that their credentials have shown up elsewhere on the Internet. To do this, we monitor a selection of different ‘paste’ sites for stolen credentials and watch for reports of large scale data breaches. We collect the stolen credentials that have been publicly posted and check them to see if the stolen email and password combination matches the same email and password being used on Facebook. This is a completely automated process that doesn’t require us to know or store your actual Facebook password in an unhashed form. In other words, no one here has your plain text password. To check for matches, we take the email address and password and run them through the same code that we use to check your password at login time. If we find a match, we’ll notify you the next time you log in and guide you through a process to change your password.

Long also explained what Facebook does when a set of stolen credentials are reported. First, Facebook passes the data into a program that parses it into a standardized format.

Then an automated system checks each data point against Facebook’s internal databases to see if any of the email addresses and hashed passwords match valid login information. “Since Facebook stores passwords securely as hashes,” Long wrote, “we can’t simply compare a password directly to the database. We need to hash it first and compare the hashes.”

If the email and hashed password combination doesn’t match, no action is taken. This indicates that the stolen password is different than the password you use for Facebook, so an attacker wouldn’t be able to use that password to tap into Facebook. If the email address and hash combination matches, Facebook will notify the user next time they log in, guiding them through a process to change the password.

Readers: How often has your password been compromised?

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Kenshoo, a Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer, released its latest quarterly figures for search and Facebook ads.

While Facebook ads are definitely getting more expensive (cost per click is up 28 percent quarter-over-quarter and 114 percent year-over-year), they are paying off. Kenshoo reports that clickthrough rate is up 86 percent Q0Q and 148 percent YoY. Revenue from Facebook ads has risen 162 percent YoY.

Here’s a look at the Facebook and social ad performance of Kenshoo clients in Q3 .

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Through the end of the year, researchers who alert Facebook to Whitehat coding bugs in advertisements will receive double the usual bounty.

Colin Greene, a Security Engineer at Facebook, explained in a blog post :

Starting today and extending through the end of 2014, all Whitehat bugs in our ads code will receive double bounties. We recently completed a comprehensive security audit of this area ourselves. We found and fixed a number of security bugs but would like to encourage additional scrutiny from Whitehats to see what we might have missed. Also, since the vast majority of bug reports we work on with the Whitehat community are focused on the more common parts of Facebook code, we hope to encourage researchers to become more familiar with the surface area of ads to better protect the businesses that use them.

Thanks to researchers, Facebook has recently fixed the following bugs:

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  2. Retrieving the name of an unpublished Page via the Ads Create Flow by guessing its Page ID.
  3. Arbitrary local file read via a .zip symlink (more details in this post )
  4. Injecting JavaScript into an ads report email and then leveraging a CSRF bug to make a victim send a malicious email to a target on your behalf.

To start a Whitehat researcher account on Facebook and start reporting bugs, click here .

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Traditionally we may think of blogging as a written platform but imagery has become an important part of any blog post. Using a good image on your blog will catch the eye of potential readers and encourage them to click through when it is shared.

Images will also help us make more impact. According to Ragan :

  • Content with visuals gets 94% more views
  • 90% of data sent to the brain is visual.
  • Visuals are processed 60,000 times quicker than the written word
  • People retain 80% of what they see compared to 20% of what they read

In this post I will discuss how you can optimise your blog images for social media, where you can source eye-catching images and show you some tools for creating your own.

The Basics

Before you get started there are some simple guidelines to follow:

  • Don’t steal images. It can be tempting to scour Google for an images but if you use those you are breeching copyright. I wil show you how to find free images that you can use later on.
  • Name your images – Often when we choose an image or name an image it will be called something generic like Image001.jpg If you rename the image and include a keyword that you would like it to be found with you will see your post come up in Google image search and it will improve your SEO. So before you upload your image re-name it.

For example I have named the image I’ve used for this post as image blog-image-guide.jpg

Facebook

Facebook updated the way that images share with links earlier this year.

Images used to appear as a small square thumbnail image but now links are accompanied with a large photo. These images are fully clickable meaning that if someone clicks anywhere on the image it will lead them to the web page you are linking to.

Take a scroll through your Facebook newsfeed and see which links have images that attract your eye. For me this one stands out.

A Quick Guide To Using Images On Your Blog

Food always works for me and strawberries are a particular favourite. The colour is eye catching too. If you visit the blog post it links to you will see that the full image is much larger and would work when cropped to various sizes.

Of course this is subjective. I love strawberries, for other people a cat, a baby or a sports car may attract the eye quicker.

Remember images will be viewed on mobile devices so try not to use anything too intricate that will be hard to view on a smaller scale.

What size should your image be for Facebook?

The problem with Facebook grabbing the images directly from your site is that it will crop them where it wants to. You can’t change it even if it doesn’t quite work.

As you can see below this cute dog would be far more clickable if I could see his face. To avoid this happening to you it’s a good idea to size your image specifically for Facebook.

A Quick Guide To Using Images On Your Blog

Whether Facebook grabs an image from your site or you upload an image it will display at 484 x 252 pixels in the web newsfeed.

In his Facebook Image dimensions infographic Jon Loomer suggests you upload a much larger version (1,200 x 628px) so that Facebook can scale it down. In reality any image over 484 wide that fits a 1.91:1 ratio will work. Anything smaller will show as a thumbnail image when the link is shared meaning that you will loose impact.

What to do if no image shows

Have you ever shared a link on Facebook and no image appears to accompany it? If there is a photo on the website Facebook should be able to find it but sometimes it needs a bit of help.

When you input a link into the Facebook debug tool Facebook will crawl it and find any associated images. Here’s how it works:

Uploading a photo to accompany your link

Sometimes the image from your blog post might not quite work. Maybe it crops badly or maybe you have created one that isn’t seen by Facebook.

Facebook gives you the option of uploading your own image when you share a link, even though this may be slightly more time consuming it could help you get more click throughs.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Paste your link into the status update box and write a short update about the link you are sharing.
  • To add a customised image click ‘Upload’. This will bring you into your computer hard drive where you can choose your image.

A Quick Guide To Using Images On Your Blog

Twitter

I’ve written before about using images on Twitter . There is no doubting that seeing a strong image in your Twitter feed is likely to attract attention.

There are two ways that you can use images:

1. Attach an image – You can upload a photo or graphic to accompany your tweet. It will take up 21 of your 140 characters but it will help your post stand out.

The downside of using an image is that people often click the image rather than your link expecting to read more. The upside is that they are automatically expanded in the newsfeed more frequently than the second option.

2. Use Twitter cardsI use the Yoast SEO plugin on my blog . This allows me to enable Twitter cards. These cards display a preview of your link as part of your tweet.

The advantage of this is that people can click anywhere on that card and be brought to your post. The downside is that after much scrolling I couldn’t find an organic card (non promoted) in my feed that was automatically expanded. Instead they were hidden under the ‘view summary’ link underneath the tweet.

A Quick Guide To Using Images On Your Blog

A Quick Guide To Using Images On Your Blog

What size should your image be for Twitter?

As with Facebook if you upload the wrong sized image it can end up being cropped badly. You can’t choose which part of your image Twitter displays before it is expanded or clicked.

Take a look at this image from Monster Energy to see the problem:

A Quick Guide To Using Images On Your Blog

A Quick Guide To Using Images On Your Blog

You may wish to create a variation of the main image you create for your blog specifically for Twitter. The ideal size for this image is 506 x 253 pixels. You can include images up to 1024 pixels wide with an aspect ration of 2:1.

Pinterest

Pinterest images are different from Facebook and Twitter images in one key way. They are tall and skinny rather than long wide and short. This presents us with a problem when we create images for our blogs.

As you can see from the grab below. The wide images that share perfectly on Facebook look tiny on Pinterest. It is the tall thin images that display best.

A Quick Guide To Using Images On Your Blog

The solution of course is to create two images for your blog post. One that will work well on Facebook and Twitter and another that will work on Pinterest.

Take this example from RazorSocial . The picture that displays on the blog post is a perfect fit for Pinterest.

A Quick Guide To Using Images On Your Blog

However when I share it to Facebook I find that there is a version of the picture cropped to the correct proportions.

A Quick Guide To Using Images On Your Blog

In this case the Facebook friendly image doesn’t display on the main post as it is a ‘Featured Image’.

Note that a featured image will appear in different places on your blog depending on the theme you use.

If your theme displays the featured image on the post it’s worth creating two slightly different images, one for Pinterest and one for Facebook.

Using Alt Text

I talked about the importance of naming your image above but completing the ‘Alt text’ of your image is also important, particularly for Pinterest.

In the example below you can see that the ‘Alt text’ box is blank. You should paste the entire title of your blog post into here. Now when someone shares your link to Pinterest the description area will automatically be filled with you blog post title.

A Quick Guide To Using Images On Your Blog

The problem with stock photos

There are multiple stock photo sites where you can buy images to accompany your blog. The problem is a stock photo looks like a stock photo. You have seen them on multiple websites. A group of well groomed people sitting around a table or staring at a computer. If you want to attract people to your blog post and your website you need to stand out. Most stock images are way too generic to do this.

What’s the alternative?

There are lots of ways you can find or create eye catching images. Here’s some of my favourites.

Photo Pin

Before I found Photo Pin I used to buy stock images or use my own. Photo Pin is a tool that scours ‘Creative commons’ licensed images from Flickr. These images are free to use as long as you attribute them. The nice thing about Photo Pin is that it makes it easy to include that attribute by giving you the HTML to include in the description when you upload your image.

Read more about Photo Pin here.

Canva

Canva has to be one of my favourite tools of the year. It allows you to create really cool images for the web. It comes with some handy templates including Twitter and Pinterest posts. You can also input custom dimensions. You can include stock images from Canva as part of your design if you need them and they are very well priced at $1 for single use.

Here’s a video showing you how easy it is to create graphics with Canva.

Pic Monkey

Pic Monkey  (affiliate) is a great resource. You don’t need an account you can just start creating straight away. You can design from scratch or upload your own image to work on.

Here’s a video I made on creating Instructographics using PicMonkey . You will see how easy it is to use.

Your own

If you take good photos yourself you should start creating a library of images. Tools like WordSwag allow you to add text to your photos that can really make them stand out.

Your Turn

That’s my quick guide to creating and using images for blogging.

  • What have I missed?
  • What tools do you use to make images?
  • What photos work for you?

Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Mouse over the notification and look for the X on the right side. Click that X and it will lead you to turn off notifications for this specific app.

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 1.29.54 PMIf you want to go a step further and block everything from certain apps, click on “Settings,” and then go to “Blocking” on the left side of the settings menu.

Sadly, there’s no kill switch to block all games or all app invites, but you can block the ones friends send you most often. You can also block invites from specific friends who constantly need help from you to get to the next level.

The Blocking settings screen also includes a way to 86 event invites from friends. Previously, this could be done on the actual event page, but this doesn’t seem possible now. When you block event invites from a certain person, your name/image will not be available to select when the friend is inviting people.

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From the Blocking menu, you can put friends on the restricted list, so they only see your public updates. This could be good if you’re connected with co-workers/supervisors, or just don’t want close family to know what you’re doing all the time.

Under Block app invites, you can type in the name of popular apps to ensure you never see any more requests from that particular app. You can also go back and unblock the app, if you feel like it later on.

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 1.34.49 PMReaders: Do these tips help?

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This weeks cool tool is CoSchedule . It’s a WordPress plugin that will help you keep on top of blogging tasks, be consistent with your blog posts and help you share social updates when you post.

Being consistent with blogging sends out some powerful signals to readers:

  • They will trust you. If you blog on a regular basis the chances are you have good time management skills and are able to sustain interest over a long period of time. These are the sorts of qualities people look for in those they do business with.
  • You know your stuff – You are able to blog on a regular basis about your topic, you must know a lot about it. One of the nice things about blogging is that the more you do it the more of an expert you become. Good blogging requires research and experience in the area you are writing about.

There are other clear benefits to consistency too:

Readers will begin to re-visit your blog. If you blog regularly people will check in with your blog, Facebook page or Twitter account on a regular basis. They will also be more likely to subscribe to your RSS feed or emails.

More posts. Any established blogger will tell you that most of their traffic comes from Google. The more posts you write the more likely you are to appear in multiple Google searches.

How do you stay consistent with your blog?

There are a few things you can do to keep your blog going:

Make time to blog

Set aside specific days and times of day that you will blog in your work schedule. If you don’t do this you will find that you will constantly put it on the long finger.

Keep and ideas diary

Whether you use a tech tool like Evernote or keep a physical notebook with you make sure you have somewhere to keep note of your blogging ideas when they come to you. Sometimes the very act of carrying a notebook will inspire ideas.

Write a content schedule

Think about your blog posts in advance. I find setting a theme for a month helps me bring ideas together. Here’s a simple formula and template for creating a content schedule.

If you want to get more serious about your schedule this weeks cool tool CoSchedule could be the solution. Watch the video to see how it works.

CoSchedule is a WordPress plugin so you will need to be using a self hosted WordPress site to run it. It’s free for 14 days and then costs $10 per month if you continue to use it.

If you are serious about blogging this tool is well worth the investment. I’m impressed with the inbuilt social sharing functions as well as the blog scheduling.

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