Facebook is giving stalkers a heart attack

Facebook is slowly rolling out a new feature which lets you see your search history, as Gizmode reports.

While that information is only available to yourself right now and can be deleted, I can already see the next steps of Zuck’s make-the-analysts-happy-strategy: pay to become a premium user and we’ll let you see who watched your stuff (not a new thing, that’s exactly what LinkedIn’s german competitor XING does…).

Wanna take a bet..? OK, time for fake FB accounts for stalkers now ;)

Comments working again!

Dietmar just notified me that you could only comment on blog entries through Facebook. SORRY, that was not intentional – I _did_ enable Facebook comments, but I was not aware that would switch off other comments completely!

Look what the setting says:

Grrr…. hate it when that happens…

Happy commenting!

iOS, Android an impediment for secure passwords?

I know you all want to use secure passwords especially after reading this weeks hacks of LinkedIn, eHarmony and LastFM. So why don’t you?

If you use LastPass in your browser, it will happily create 16 character gibberish passwords for you and fill them in automatically.

Unfortunately this all breaks down once you start using your smartphone. Yes, initially it’s ok to look up the password and fill it into the settings of your mail or Twitter application. But when you’re on the road and want to share something from an app to Facebook, the app will often pop up a Facebook login. This is when you need to remember and type that gibberish password, and unfortunately neither LastPass nor any other password manager will fill it in for you.

The same is of course true for desktop apps, like your ERP system. So what do you do? You either use simple passwords that you can easily remember _and_ type on a mobile device, or you think of one really good password and start using it everywhere.

From a security perspective – not what you want. But completely understandable.

iOS and Android need to come up with an API to allow passowrd managers to do their thing. Better still, App developers should start using built-in identity providers like Twitter in iOS 5, or Twitter and Facebook in iOS 6. We have to get rid apps asking for a new password all the time, or password hacks will be a topic that will be with us for a long time.

Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0

Intuitive Social Integration on the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0

Watch this video on YouTube or on Easy Youtube.

Blackberry greift nochmal auf dem Tablet-Markt an. Nachdem man noch vor zwei Wochen jedem Entwickler ein Playbook schenken will, der seine Android Apps auf Blackberry portiert, taucht jetzt das neue OS Update auf.

Der Werbespot eben fokussiert zwar auf die Integration sozialer Netzwerke, interessanter für die (meist Firmen-) Kunden dürfte aber sein daß nun auch endlich das Haupt-Feature, nämlich sichere Unternehmens-EMail, auf dem Playbook zur Verfügung steht.

Für Privatanwender ist das Playbook ab ca. 250,– für die 16GB Variante erhältlich. Im Vergleich zum iPad ist das günstig, dafür ist es allerdings auch ein geschlosseneres System mit weniger verfügbaren Anwendungen. Den Kindle Fire kann man dagegen schon für 199,– bekommen, und mit etwas Mühe auch in ein vollwertiges Android Tablet umwandeln.

Spannend ist das neue Update daher für Unternehmen. Es bleibt abzuwarten welche weiteren Details zu dem neuen OS auftauchen was Features wie zentrales Gerätemanagement und Integration in Business-Anwendungen angeht.



I’m a huge fan of good visualization, and that one is no difference. I’m also a sucker for security related KPIs, so that’s a plus.

But if Facebook gets a 95% for privacy, you might want to have another look at your KPI definition…