Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 31: Delete Your Social Media History

We discuss the new EFAIL issue affecting encrypted email; discuss a new class-action suit against Apple; and then explain how you can delete your history on Facebook and Twitter. It’s not easy, but it’s possible.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

How to Easily Remove Old Tweets and Facebook Posts

Your social media accounts are a reflection of your life—at least the part of your digital life that you share with your friends, family members, and perhaps strangers. People post all sorts of things on social media: photos of selfies and vacation pics, links to articles you find interesting, comments about your favorite sports teams, random thoughts about movies, music, politics, and more.

While fun to banter on social media, if you were to take a look back at comments you’ve posted on Facebook and Twitter over the years, you may cringe. There may come a time in your life when you want to clean up what you’ve shared on social media; not that what you’ve posted is necessarily wrong, but this unfiltered content, often composed in the spur of the moment, may not be flattering when taken out of context years later.

In this article, I’ll show you how to use free tools to easily delete old tweets and clean out your Facebook content.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Twitter wants everyone to get a blue verification badge – Recode

Have you always wanted a blue Twitter verification badge? You’ll (eventually) be able to get one, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.

In a very casual Periscope livestream on Thursday, Dorsey said that he wants to verify everyone on Twitter, a continuation of the plan Twitter laid out a few years ago when it asked users to apply for verification online.

That program as been suspended since the fall, when Twitter got major backlash for verifying a few white supremacists. But it appears that Dorsey is open to relaunching some version of it once Twitter figures out how it should work.

“The intention is to open verification to everyone,” Dorsey said from a conference room at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters. “And to do it in a way that is scalable [so] we’re not in the way and people can verify more facts about themselves and we don’t have to be the judge and imply any bias on our part.”

Indeed, while regular Twitter users probably understand what this means, most don’t. I’m verified on Twitter; when they opened it up, I requested verification as a journalist, and was accepted in less than 24 hours. But I know other journalists who have much higher profiles, and more followers than me, who were refused.

It would make sense if everyone had to be verified, but I find it hard to imagine that they’ll be able to do this. This requires checking information about millions of people’s, and it can’t be done by an algorithm.

Source: Twitter wants everyone to get a blue verification badge – Recode

The Follower Factory – The New York Times

Everyone wants to be popular online.

Some even pay for it.

Inside social media’s black market.

It seems the New York Times has just discovered that you can buy followers on social media networks. This isn’t news; this has been the case for years. I get spam on Twitter offering followers all the time; almost every time I post a photo on Instagram, I get followed by an account whose profile offers to sell me followers.

Celebrities and brands have been doing this for years. Why did it take so long for the mainstream media to find out about this.

Here’s a 2014 Macworld article by Caitlin McGarry about Instagram’s “spam purge” of that period. There are dozens, hundreds of articles about this.

Source: The Follower Factory – The New York Times

How to Report Abuse and Harassment on Twitter

If you use Twitter, you know that abuse is rampant. Mindless trolls and bots reply to your tweets and insult you, even threaten you. Twitter has been very slow to come up with procedures for dealing with this, and lots of people just give up on Twitter because they have bad experiences.

Fortunately, the company has rolled out new ways to report tweets and direct messages, and presumably has a team that will examine these reports and suspend or remove accounts guilty of abuse or harassment. Here’s how you can let Twitter know when you or someone else has been a victim of abuse.

Read the rest of the article on the Mac Security Blog.

Protect Your Tweets with Twitter’s New Privacy and Data Options

In this recent article, we looked at how you can protect your children’s social media accounts, making sure that only their friends can see what they post and interact with them. We covered a number of major social media apps, such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and more.

Twitter is a bit different, and its security and privacy settings go beyond what many of the other companies offer. Twitter recently rolled out new options to help prevent abuse and to protect its users, as well as new options telling Twitter how the company can use your personal data.

In this article, I’m going to take a close look at Twitter’s privacy and safety settings, and explain how you can protect your kids from bullying on Twitter, how you can limit the use of personal data, and how you can adjust other privacy and safety settings.

Read the rest of the article on the Mac Security Blog.