ALERT: Fake UPS emails. Don't get scammed!


Fake UPS Tracking Number Alerts

I've been receiving a lot of these emails lately and because I order [too many things] online, I almost fell for the first one. If you get one of these emails, the best and easiest thing to do is delete it. DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT.

If you prefer to be more proactive, report it. Although my Outlook doesn't, Gmail does provide an easy way to report spam and phishing. Click 'Report Spam' on the email navigation bar (it's circled above; see image).

If you happened to open one of these or have questions, leave a comment and we'll try to help.

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Facebook's office space


Facebook’s Cool Office!

Studio o+a was responsible for redesigning Facebook’s new 150,000-square-foot office at Palo Alto, California, USA. During the design process, the design firm consulted employees to find out their expectations about the work environment and they designed the space for each department with a different twist. There is another interesting point here. Some of the walls have been left white and some places look as though they still might need some work.

...keep reading at Home-Designing

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A Facebook employee warns: Don't trust Facebook

Why You Shouldn't Trust Facebook with Your Data: An Employee's Revelations

The abuse of private data by Facebook employees was pretty much inevitable; the simple act of amassing data tends to lead to corruption. What's sad is how lightly the social network reportedly controls its employees.

There's a great interview on TheRumpus.net with an anonymous Facebook employee. Here are some of the things she divulges:

As of a few months ago, Facebook records and archives information on whose profile you view. (Apparently this was already publicly known.)

Facebook has 200-220 million active users, and more than 300 million total accounts, including disabled accounts and potential fakes.

At one point, Facebook staff widely used a "master password" that unlocked access to anyone's account. Use of this password has been "deprecated," i.e. discouraged, implying the password might still exist and work. What was the password? "With upper and lower case, symbols, numbers, all of the above, it spelled out ‘Chuck Norris,' more or less. It was pretty fantastic."

The Facebook employee is aware of at least two coworkers being fired for abusing their access to profiles; the employee herself also inappropriately access profiles.

Facebook employees can "just query the database" to find your Facebook messages.


The picture that emerges is one of loose internal controls on private data access. Sure, the master password has been replaced by a system in which Facebook staff must log a justification when they view users' private profile data.

...keep reading at Gawker

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