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Facebook, and TOR hidden services

All I can say is … “Its about time”

While TOR does provide you with the ability to be anonymous that isn’t the full extent of its use.

There’s no reason to let your ISP know when or whether you’re visiting Facebook.  Same goes for Facebook’s upstream ISP, or some any other agency on the Internet, to learn when and whether you use Facebook.

Facebook is used by companies, media, freedom-fighters, and people who want to simply share the news and most of thee people may be in locations where access to Facebook is blocked and TOR enables them to reach out.

Always remember “Tor as a communications tool to give users freedom to choose what sites they visit”

For more info that I have shared about TOR, check out the following:

My Introduction to Tor Hidden Services

My Quick TOR Socks / Web Proxy

Normal people use Tor

 

 

Facebook Chat with Encryption

I know one of the first questions that come to mine are why  do you feel the need for encryption, especially in instant messages on something such as Facebook?

Well what if I wanted to discuss something of nature which I deemed as being sensitive and personal. Yes! Sometimes the man who shares things what’s to keep some info very private?

Your standard Facebook chat for example is sent in plane txt, and someone snooping can read my conversations. “But, Jermal … Facebook and its chat is secured over SSL”.

And while this is 100% correct, and will protect me and those I am chatting with from the classic would be network sniffer it is clearly not the case when it comes to those running the chat server at Facebook or those who gain access to the account of the remote party or even my own. 

You see, someone could pull up the chat history from my account or remote party and read what was written.  This is not the case if the conversation was completely encrypted in the first place.

This is where some simple to use, and also free software come to assist you in your need for better privacy.

For this I am using Pidgin: an easy to use and free chat client that connects to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Facebook, IRC and the list goes on.

Pidgin also supports plug-ins such as Pidgin-Encryption that transparently encrypts your instant messages with RSA encryption using public / private key pairs.

I’ve done the following

Install > Then configure Pidgin for Facebook chat by

  • Opening Pidgin, and click Manage Accounts.

  • In the accounts area click Add… Then select Facebook (XMPP) from the Protocol list

  • Now, enter your Facebook username without the facebook.com part (e.g your.facebook.username, not http://www.facebook.com/your.user.name).
  • Then, enter chat.facebook.com for the Domain, and enter your standard Facebook password.  You can check the “Remember password” box if you’d like Pidgin to automatically sign in to Facebook chat.

  • Now, click on the Advanced tab, and uncheck the “Require SSL/TLS” box.
  • Then click Add, and your Facebook account is added to Pidgin.

Good! You are now using Pidgin with your Facebook account. To enable the encryption plugin you had installed you do the following:

  • In Pidgin , select tools then plugins from the drop down

  • You will find yourself in the plugins selection menu, scroll down to location the Pidgin-Encryption plugin and select it and close.

*note* there are options you can change later if you with, so take a peek to see what works best for you.

Back in pidgin you simply start a chat with someone who is also using Pidgin and the Encryption plugin and you can enable the pad lock on the top of the chat and stat having a conversation.

Back in Facebook’s normal chat window it looks like this

As you can see, secure messaging achieved.

– Kate this post was for you.

 

 

I just became a Facebook for Android Beta Tester

Tonight I just signed up to be a Facebook Android Beta Tester. Signup was quick and simple and I am very interested to see what’s new and help report issues found during my time testing. And as always; I’ll share what I find with you all.

To sign up simply follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/mobile/android_beta/

Retrieving Facebook Images – Yours or Friends

Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other. – Arthur Schopenhauer

You find yourself looking at your photos, photos of friends and family. Then are those times you view the photos of those you are fond of. Only to strangely, almost in a creepy way right click and save them. You may do this with many photos and it is time consuming indeed.

And… If you are one of these individuals who place a big sentimental value on the images. I know of an application for Facebook that you have been waiting for. The app is named “Pick&Zip“. Pick&Zip is a totally free online tool that will allow you downloading pictures from Facebook in a single zip or pdf file. Not just your own, but those who you are friends with, even those of you or friends who have been tagged.

To use PicknZip you will have to log in or sign in using your Facebook Account. No registration required. It’s that simple. 

Link to the Pick&Zip website: http://www.picknzip.com