How to block Facebook from your PC

Facebook wants to sell every Ad and you on the Web. The social network will show ads to non-Facebook users on other websites.

It’s official: there’s nowhere to hide. (haha not for you, read below!)

Companies like Facebook and Google offer you their services for free, but free always has a cost. Advertising pays the bills and the contributors, and these big companies separate themselves from serving up ads that are better targeted than other smaller networks. By tracking you across the web and building a profile (Big Data) that helps which ads you’re going to click most likely.

Tracking

Some people don’t want to be tracked by FB, infact nobody should be! So don’t register or delete your account (I already did so). Facebook announced last Thursday evening that it is changing the way its advertising works across the web. FB doesn’t just serve ads on facebook.com and in its mobile apps like Messenger, the company also has a network of third-party sites and apps for displaying ads. It’s called the Audience Network, and there has always been one big difference between the way Facebook’s off-site ads work as compared to Google: They were only shown to Facebook users. Now, that will no longer be the case. So it’s time to block Facebook.

How to block Facebook?

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Block the Blue Coat Intermediate CA from Windows

Symantec has gotten in hot water for issuing rogue certificates (source). While Symantec has agreed to certificate transparency, Blue Coat systems is a known operator of MITM services they sell to enterprises, nation-states and governments, and this certificate would allow Blue Coat to issue arbitrary MITM certificates.

OSX instruction can be find over here (By Filippo Valsorda)

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Privacy and Anonymity

Privacy

Privacy is an increasingly rare commodity these days. To find out what kind of information is there about you do a search for yourself on Pipl.com, you might be surprised at the number of companies that claim to have information about you and your relatives.

That’s because your personal information, including your email address, phone number and daily activities on Social Networks and apps, are worth a lot of money to legitimate businesses, your new employer, government and bad guys (read hackers).

The bad guys just want to steal from you and sell it on the DarkNet. Legitimate Companies want to know as much about you as possible, so they can sell you more products and services or serve you ads that are highly relevant to your preferences. And your possible new employer might get the wrong impression of you.

So i’m going to talk about a few steps that helps you, to protect your information.

There are a couple ways to secure your own privacy without having a lot of tools installed or the need of know how.

  • Information you Share
  • Email address
  • Fake Identity
  • Browsing anonymously
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Yealink Skype for Business Firmware

Yealink is continuing its legacy of innovation with the delivery of an end-to-end unified communications (UC) solution for Microsoft environments. The UC Edition of its IP phones is customizable and seamlessly integrates with user workflows. UC Edition phones, crafted with new features tailored for Skype for Business/Lync, extend the communication experience and facilitate better collaboration.

Yealink has certified the following models for a direct connection with Skype For Business:

  • T40P
  • T41P
  • T42G
  • T46G
  • T48G
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Force HTTPS On Your WordPress Site

I’m running my wordpress site for quite some time now.. My site is HTTPS enabled and signed with a certificate. HTTP was also possible in the past for reaching my site. In this guide i’m going to point all of the pages (including the administrative) to force HTTPS.

To simplify this, the guide will build into the following 3 parts:

  1. Force SSL for administrator pages (including the login page)
  2. Secure all normal pages with HTTPS
  3. Change .htaccess to redirect all HTTP to HTTPS

When all of this is completed you should have a WordPress site completely running secure with HTTPS.

This guide assumes that you have already bought a valid Certificate

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