Protect Your Facebook Profile Picture

Protect Your Facebook Profile Picture

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In a significant move, Facebook has unveiled new tools to protect its users from the threat of cyber crime. The new "Profile Picture Guard" is a setting, which when enabled, makes it impossible for the users profile picture to be downloaded or shared. In the updated app versions of Facebook, it would also not be possible to take screenshots of profile pictures. https://www.facebook.com/socialsurfing/videos/1464573936934059/ As this feature makes an entry today, we at Social Surfing and Centre for Social Research, are proud to have worked with Facebook towards ensuring online safety in India, particularly for women. One of the recommendations we had given was that the sharing of profile pictures, makes women users feel uncomfortable and thus restricts their presence on social media. This feature ensures that women have an added…
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Being Human: Blurring Lines between the Real and the Virtual

Being Human: Blurring Lines between the Real and the Virtual

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With technology becoming more and more integrated into our lives, we have found ourselves a safe haven in the arms of another world, a world much much bigger than what we had grown up to imagine possible. We have found in it a space to be ourselves under the cover of anonymity, or to be who we want to be with new bravado unbelievable to our own eyes in the real world. It would be wrong in fact to call it the real world now as opposed to a virtual world, for the virtual world is getting more and more real with every passing day, every passing hour, in fact with every passing thought. As we grow more familiar in this new virtual world in which we seek new expressions…
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Introducing Facebook’s Latest Feature: Finding Wi-Fi

Introducing Facebook’s Latest Feature: Finding Wi-Fi

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Ever been trapped after sundown in the inner circle of Connaught Place, desperately trying to get your mobile data to work so you can book a cab and safely get home? Well, help is here, and from none other than the one you spend all your day with. No, not your boss, not your partner, but Facebook. Facebook’s latest feature ‘Find Wi-Fi’ comes to India after being tested in other countries for over a year. This new feature enables Facebook users to literally find Wi-Fi networks in her/his nearby locality with a map showing all available spots. These spots could be your local next door café or even the closest Gurudwara and will be shown to you with the help of a map. This comes as a life saver in…
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The Virtual World is What You Make It

The Virtual World is What You Make It

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“One bite and all your dreams will come true.” Err...Maybe not. But is it really necessary to view everything like Snow White’s apple? Or fear the consequences of eating the forbidden fruit? Fear is one the most natural instincts humans have and the need to be constantly suspicious of things has been distilled into our childhood right from the fairy tales we grew up hearing that involved wicked witches and child-eating monsters to religion dictating consequences of not abiding by the rules! "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'" In fact, humankind’s first reaction to…
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Facebook Launches New Tools to Make Communities More Relevant

Facebook Launches New Tools to Make Communities More Relevant

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Facebook was founded in 2004 and has ever since introduced and developed various technologies to connect people across the world. Like several other platforms on new media, Facebook has also contributed vastly towards transgressing the limitations of traditional media that only allowed a unidirectional flow of content and information.  Anybody, regardless of their social or economic backgrounds can now voice their opinions with the potential of reaching millions of people via these platforms. This, in a sense embodies greater power among ordinary citizens and people who now identify themselves as active creators of information. A platform as dynamic as Facebook looks at ways to constantly evolve and create opportunities that make the experience for its users far more personalized and efficient. In a first of its kind, the team at…
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