Category : Social Media

Facebook Home

Last Thursday Facebook’s Company Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg introduced us to Facebook Home. This app that changes the lock and home screens to the FB designed ones completely overhaul your phone to all Facebook all the time. The Android based app will be available starting this Friday to download or if you happen to purchase the HTC First in the near future it will come installed already on the phone.

Zuckerberg stated this FB Home is “designed around people not apps” and that “We’re not building a phone and we’re not building an operating system, but we are building something that’s a lot deeper than an app.”

One feature I saw somewhat intriguing is the Chat Heads feature which is an easier way to text or instant message your friend via their profile picture. It seems like more of a convenience factor, but for me I prefer texting rather then calling someone. I am not going to go out and buy that phone just for that feature but it caught my attention nonetheless.

It will be interesting to see how this takes off and if it will catch on. The staff here at bva will keep an eye on it for you, so check back in a few weeks for an update.

First Twitter, now Facebook & Apple

It was just a couple of weeks ago that BVA wrote about Twitter being the latest victim of a sophisticated hacking scheme. This last week proved to be testing for some of the biggest names out there, Facebook and Apple.

Facebook had issues on Friday after some employees went to a mobile developer’s website which ended up being compromised. They said they found an employee’s laptop that contained a malicious file after they traced a suspicious domain.

Just today Apple reported that a handfull of employee owned Mac’s were breached as well. They also stated they were working with law-enforcement agencies regarding the issues.

Unlike this seasons fashion, there are some trends I do not like seeing, and this is one of them. Facebook and Twitter are the biggest names in social media and Apple, well, it’s Apple. Do you think the hackers are part of the same group or do you believe this to be a trend of who can hack who out there?

Twitter Users Beware…

We here at BVA hate to see this happen but once again hackers have claimed their latest victim and personally I think their theory was “go big or go home” this time around. Twitter’s director  of information security Bob Lord claimed that roughly a quarter of a million “tweeters” out there could have had their information exposed. Such information includes usernames, passwords, email addresses and session passwords.


“We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later,” wrote Lord in his blog post titled “Keeping our users safe”. Emails were also reportedly sent out to the accounts that were affected stating that their passwords were no longer valid and that they had to reset them.


In an another part of Lord’s blog post he mentioned that Twitter did not believe this was the work of amateurs and since other companies were being attacked that they thought it was best to publicize what happened.


On a side note Moxie Marlinspike a white hat hacker who worked for Twitter after they bought his company Whisper Systems mentioned two weeks ago he was leaving Twitter. Maybe it’s just a coincidence but it’s another rumor to put into the mill.