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LinkedIn endorsements. Slacktivism at it’s finest.

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LinkedIn’s Endorsements

All hail, or fail?

Evo Terra
LinkedIn endorsements. Slacktivism at it’s finest.I know that the folks at LinkedIn are trying to re-invigorate their network. I like the intent, but it seems to be falling short of the goal. The photo in this post shows my own LinkedIn Endorsement section. And while it’s technically correct, it’s far from an accurate of my skills and expertise.

Sure, some are true, but… wow. Don’t I have some say in at least what not to show? Yes, I can install a WordPress blog. I can also breathe. Not all that…

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

October 10, 2012 at 7:49 am

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Scandalous Insights

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Scandalous Insights

LinkedIn says in their blog: We are working hard to protect you, but there are also steps that you can take to protect yourself, such as:

  • Make sure you update your password on LinkedIn (and any site that you visit on the Web) at least once every few months.
  • Do not use the same password for multiple sites or accounts.
  • Create a strong password for your account, one that includes letters, numbers, and other characters.
  • Watch out for phishing emails and spam emails requesting personal or sensitive information.

LinkedIn – you can make it easier for your users to perform these tasks, you could auto expire passwords, have strength indicator, and even verify with other sites that they don’t have the same password: Login with the credentials given You can even implement SPF, DKIM, etc correctly to make your mail better. You don’t implement this security for UX and marketing reasons, instead you implement security to stop your users from being able to use your site better.

You don’t, instead you piss on your less tech savvy customers, and place part of the blame on them. I’ve offered multiple times to come and help you fix your stuff – free.

I’m sorry that you are idiots! And my offer still stands.

Taking Steps To Protect Our Members

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June 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Password Leak June

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Password Leak June
Today for you in Password Leak June: Last.FM

After earlier news that LinkedIn and others leaked passwords this week, Last.fm marketeers must have been wondering how they too could increase brand awareness.

Clearly this is a new meme, so much safer than planking. Although I will be skipping it as I like to have halfway decent software as a starting point.

Adrianus Warmenhoven
And now Last.fm has leaked passwords:

http://www.last.fm/passwordsecurity

Last.fm Password Security Update – Last.fm

The world’s largest online music catalogue, powered by your scrobbles. Internet radio, videos, photos, stats, charts, biographies and concerts.

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June 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

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Unsalted Hashes? Argghh!

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Unsalted Hashes? Argghh!
And “The unsalted hashes use SHA-1 encryption, and while it is somewhat secure, it can still be cracked if the user employs a simple dictionary password.”

I do not agree at all with the ‘somewhat secure’ as they are not even SALTED… that means all dictionary possibilities already have been done.

Read Adrianus Warmenhoven‘s post:  WHY NOT EVER EVER TO USE MD5 OR SHA1 TO HASH PASSWORDS:
http://www.warmenhoven.co/2012/03/06/do-not-use-md5-or-sha1-to-simply-hash-db-passwords/

glyn moody
Bad day for #LinkedIn: 6.5 million hashed passwords reportedly leaked – change yours now – http://tnw.co/Md9yBq whoops
Bad day for LinkedIn: 6.5 million hashed passwords reportedly leaked – change yours now

Already in the spotlight over concerns that its iOS app collects full meeting notes and details from a device’s calendar and sends them back to the company in plain text, LinkedIn …

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June 8, 2012 at 2:06 am

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Phone Apps could use Interaction Designers #crackberry #rant

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I’ve had my new CrackBerry with BES for 2 weeks now, and installed the FourSquare, Gowalla, GMail, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Seesmic applications on the first day. After 2 weeks of using them all I can say is these phone app builders need to talk to interaction designers.

I think it had been said by somebody else some time ago that there should be consistency between the actions that are performed between the applications, scroll down should always be one button and scroll up a different on. I didn’t expect that these consistency issues would have been solved, but it would have been nice. What I find most problematic is that most don’t have any form of statefulness in their application.

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July 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm

People Leaving Hyves #social #media

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Hyves Logo

Recently I, and others, have been seeing more and more messages on the Dutch social network Hyves from friends, mostly in their 20’s and 30’s, who say they are leaving Hyves for LinkedIn and FaceBook, leaving Hyves to a younger target group. I doubt that it has anything to do with the recent acquisition of Hyves by the newspaper group Telegraaf Media Groep. I can see some parallels with the use of MySpace, who – like Yahoo! – have recently started to lay-off employees, when they were acquired by News Corp.

In recent years Hyves innovation has been lacking for the users, even with the adoption of OpenSocial and other extension of the external services it supports, it has still been technology driven rather user driven. And mostly relying on innovation of external platforms and services, for which it partly pays. Having spoken with a number of Hyves employees in the past I get the idea that they have some innovative ideas up their sleeves, although I have yet to see good execution.

I don’t like to use words such as hemorrhage, so I won’t. 😉

Image source: Erno Hannink

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January 22, 2011 at 8:17 am

A catalog of this year’s risky articles #2010

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Programming Hands

Risk is something which can be difficult to evaluate for the average person, there is a lot of work which goes in to learning not to do the two things that people usually do when they are confronted with risk:

  1. Ignore
  2. Overreact

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I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so…

I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my br…

For the last 2 years LinkedIn has been running a bad poor IT management depar…

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On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my GMail quota, I blogged about it here. At th…

Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS b…

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The lack of trained and experienced computer security people working in small…

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After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his p…

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