How to use ‘Snapchat’ for Beginners (VIDEO)

Snapchat is one of the most popular social apps today, but how? What exactly is so special about it, and why has it been quickly sweeping up mobile users faster than anything else?

To make a long story kind of short, Snapchat is an app that truly changed how people interact with friends compared to other popular social networks like Facebook Instagram and Twitter. Not everyone gets it — particularly older adults — but Snapchat sure is all the rage among the youngest smartphone users, including teens and young adults.

Welcome to “How to Use Snapchat”. This is going to be your day one crash course and everything you need to know for your first few days with this application. Don’t be intimidated and let me know of any questions you may have! Have a great day and keep snapping!

 

Locky Ransomware Is Now Using JPG Images On Facebook & LinkedIn To Hack Your PC

Last week I shared an important update about Locky ransomware, one of the most notorious malware to arrive on the scene in the recent times. It was reported that hackers are using Facebook Messenger to spread the ransomware using .SVG files.

Now, security researchers have identified that hackers are using .JPG images to distributed harmful code of Locky Ransomware using social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn.

The researchers have discovered a misconfiguration in the infrastructure of these social networks that force the users to download the image files. This situation has become more dangerous as the attackers have figured out a way to embed dangerous code in the image files.

Check Point has already updated Facebook and LinkedIn regarding the new attack vector in September.Read full story here.

Facebook Messenger to be Filled With Robots That Will Try to Sell Users Things Based on Their Data

Facebook’s new Messenger robots will be able to message people when companies think that they’re not buying enough.

The site introduced its new chatbot platform at its F8 conference, proclaiming that it could change sales and customer service by allowing people to talk to artificially intelligent machines run by companies. But those same companies will be able to pay to send messages to people telling them to buy more things.

And all of those messages will be integrated within the Messenger platform, which people most commonly use to talk with friends. Facebook has pitched that platform as an entire – complete with news organisations and companies – but it is primarily used as a means of having personal and private conversations.

With the new chatbots, if a company is concerned that you haven’t chatted to it for a while, it will be able to send a sponsored message – reminding users that they exist, offering special deals or highlighting products that a user might have Liked but hasn’t yet bought.

Facebook presented the new bots primarily as a way of chatting to companies to get help from them. But it will also be a way of the companies getting in touch with people to advertise to them.

Those sponsored messages will be limited in a number of ways, according to Facebook vice president David Marcus. Companies will only be able to contact people who are already customers or have been in contact with the business before, and users will be able to block future messages from specific businesses.

Instagram Will Become More Like Facebook, With Algorithmic Feed

“To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most,” the company wrote in a blog post announcing the change. “The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting, and the timeliness of the post. As we begin, we’re focusing on optimizing the order—all the posts will still be there, just in a different order.”

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Some users of the photo-sharing app are likely to be unhappy with the change, as many Twitter users were when the company began testing more curated feeds. But for parent company Facebook, which engineered the social algorithm that now influences more than a billion people, this move is not unprecedented.

Judging by Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom’s comments to the Times, the change likely has less to do with controlling what users see and more to do with the app’s increasing popularity. “On average, people miss about 70 percent of the posts in their Instagram feed,” Systrom told the Times. “What this is about is making sure that the 30 percent you see is the best 30 percent possible.”

Unlike Facebook’s news feed, Instagram will still show every post on your feed, albeit reordered—so you can still get your fill of parody accounts and puppy photos.

Twitter Will Turn Off Ads for Certain People – See Who They Are

WIRE TELEGRAM — Twitter has made a move that could appeal to some and annoy others.

The social network turned off ads for certain VIP users, Re/code reports, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the move. In some cases, VIP users see ads here and there, but in most cases, they see nothing.

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According to Re/code’s sources, the feature has been live for a couple months. There does not appear to be any hard and fast rules regarding who get the ad-free Twitter, but number of followers and reach appears to be the main factors.

The idea, according to the report, is to keep celebrities and other active users heavily engaged in Twitter as the company tries to keep pace with rival social networks, like Facebook and Instagram, which have a faster growth trajectory. Indeed, Twitter’s growth issues have proven to be among the biggest problems facing investors over the last couple of years.

Still, the idea to not show ads could also be just as troublesome to investors. Ads, after all, are central to how Twitter generates revenue.

That said, Re/code says Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey firmly believes it will keep celebrities engaged with the service, thereby helping the company attract more users. Losing ad revenue on a few users, in other words, is worth it if more users can be added over time.