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If you are a gmail user you will be happy of the new security features that Google has incorporated to Gmail account. Through their gmail blog, they announced that you can checked the activity details of your account, detailing the last time you accessed your account and the IP address from which your account has been accessed.

Here is the original post from Google:

You may remember that a while back we launched remote sign out and information about recent account activity to help you understand and manage your account usage. This information is still at the bottom of your inbox. Now, if it looks like something unusual is going on with your account, we’ll also alert you by posting a warning message saying, “Warning: We believe your account was last accessed from…” along with the geographic region that we can best associate with the access.

To determine when to display this message, our automated system matches the relevant IP address, logged per the Gmail privacy policy, to a broad geographical location. While we don’t have the capability to determine the specific location from which an account is accessed, a login appearing to come from one country and occurring a few hours after a login from another country may trigger an alert.

By clicking on the “Details” link next to the message, you’ll see the last account activity window that you’re used to, along with the most recent access points.

If you think your account has been compromised, you can change your password from the same window. Or, if you know it was legitimate access (e.g. you were traveling, your husband/wife who accesses the account was also traveling, etc.), you can click “Dismiss” to remove the message.

The new features of Gmail will help user in preventing their account being hack or being access by someone without the user knowing it.

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McAfee Security warns the public for a password reset scam email claiming the origin from Facebook. The email tells the user to click on the attachment in order for them to reset their new password.

However, once the attachment has been installed the password stealer can potentially access any username and password combination utilized on that computer, not just for the user’s Facebook account.

Here is an example email:

“This threat is potentially very dangerous considering that there are over 350 million Facebook users who could fall for this scam,” McAfee says. “This is also the sixth most prevalent piece of malware targeting consumers in the last 24 hours, as tracked by McAfee Labs.”

Please be reminded that Facebook will never send an email alerting a user that they need to changed his or her password. Another thing to consider if an email is a scam/malware if it has an attachment and the sender is asking the user to click the attach files.

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In the latest post from FACEBOOK they reported that there is still no facebook application that can show who viewed a members profile.

“Don’t believe any applications that claim they can show you who’s viewing your profile or photo: 1) They can’t, 2) We’re aggressively disabling those that claim they can, and 3) You can help stop them by learning to report these apps at http://www.fb.me/help/?faq=13237”

Moreover Facebook is aggressively disabling the facebook application that claim they can see who viewed the members profile. No one can view your profile as suggested by those applications.

This is great step by Facebook, as we have been getting into trouble because of such misleading Applications. Finally Facebook has done something for the safety of users. Now onwards, rather than believing on such application, Facebook suggests users to report against such Applications from that Application Page.

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Human Rights Watch has urged Saudi Arabia to drop charges against a Saudi man, Nasir al-Subai, who was using the Internet to complain about the official red tape as he tried to get state funding for the medical treatment of his brother.

Subai has been charged under a law issued in 2007 to prevent libel and other violations linked to information technology and to protect the public interest and morals. His brother is in coma after a traffic accident in Saudi Arabia in 2007. Since then, Subai has been blogging about the lack of support from Saudi officials as he was trying to arrange for treatment of his brother. He has also spoken to the media regarding this matter.

“Saudi prosecutors are trying to silence legitimate complaints, which Saudi citizens have the right to make public,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s Middle East director. “Public criticism of the government’s alleged failures (is) an important check on its performance and a good tool for accountability.”

The improper use of information technology is punished by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to 500,000 riyals ($133,300). The HRW also reported that anything that “contests public order…or the inviolability of private life” carries a sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to 3 million riyals.

Saudi officials and media have not yet reacted to the issue.

source: Middle East Global Thoughz