How to make your Facebook private

With more of our lives going online, and especially on Facebook, it’s more important than ever to have control over who sees what.

Facebook has made several changes to its privacy settings over its lifetime, so it’s worth checking up to see if you’re still only giving the people you want your private information and photos.

Here are 5 simple ways to protect your privacy.

From your Facebook homepage, click your name on the blue bar on the top of the page. Click the three dots next to “View Activity Log” and then select “View As…”

By default you’ll be able to see what your profile looks like to members, and can click through to sections such as photos to see what they can see. You can also select a certain friend to see what your profile looks like to them.

If you find that to your horror, hundreds of statuses and photos are public, there’s a quick way to make everything visible to just your friends.


Click the drop down arrow on the right hand side of the blue bar, go to Settings and then Privacy, and then select “limit past posts”. It’s a move that’s not easily undone, so you’ll be asked to confirm that you want your posts made more private.

Make yourself difficult to be found on Google and with phone numbers

Facebook accounts can be found in all sorts of ways: They can be searched for, or if someone has your email address or phone number, they can find you – even if they don’t know your name.

On the “Privacy” section of Settings you can choose to be invisible to search engines by answering “no” to “Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile?” You can also select whether friends, friends of friends or everyone can find you with your email and phone number.

Adjust what apps are showing your Facebook friends

Check what apps are logged in

Many of the most popular apps now connect to your Facebook profile, meaning that your activity on those apps might be posted on your Facebook profile. But to do this, the apps have to get permission, which is where you can step in.


In Settings, go to the Apps section and click “Select All” to see what permissions apps have. You may want some of these to be able to post on your behalf – Instagram for example – but you may not want your dating apps to do so, for example. Click an app to adjust privacy settings.

Approve tags before they appear

Review who can see your posts

When people write on your wall or tag you in a status or photo, you might not want some people to see it. Facebook allows you to review any posts with you tagged in them before they appear on your timeline, although you’d have to report a status or photo for it to disappear.

To turn approval on, go to “Timeline and Tagging” in your settings and turn “Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline” on.

LG has just made wireless charging as fast as plugging in

LG has announced a new transmission module for wireless charging pads, which sees smartphones regain power at the same rate as a wired cable, TechRadar reports.

Wireless charging is great, but it’s also limited. Only a handful of phones support it, you often need to purchase a charging pad as they’re generally not included with the handset and the recharge speed isn’t as quick as a wired connection. The first two points are still true, but the speed issue could now be a thing of the past.

According to reports, LG claims the new wireless technology will see fully discharged phones rise back up to 50% in 30 minutes – the same rate we’re seeing with the wired fast chargers on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

The new module will be embedded into future wireless charging pads, with mass production starting later this year.



You will soon book trips and shop using Skype

You’ll soon be able to use Skype to books trips, shop, and plan your schedule, just by chatting with Cortana. During its Build conference, Microsoft demoed how Skype users will soon be able to start a chat with Cortana and get things done just by having a conversation. This is according to The Verge.

“Cortana is brokering the conversation with a third-party bot,” says Lilian Rincon, Skype’s program manager. Essentially, Skype will know which company or service you want to talk to, bring a new bot into your chat to help out, and then get rid of the bot when you’re done.

According to the report,the new features are strongly reminiscent of what Facebook is doing with Messenger. It’s allowing third parties to build bots that can help their customers through chat. Facebook also has an assistant, called M, that can step in the middle to handle interactions with third parties. Unlike Cortana, Facebook sometimes does this using human input.

In addition to chat bots, Rincon also said that Skype will be adding what sound like video bots. “We will also be bringing intelligence into real-time video,” she says.

Bots launch today, though it isn’t clear what will be available at launch. Developers are also getting access to start coding bots today, so presumably there should be some soon.TheVerge

Facebook returns to Blackberry platforms

Facebook has announced that it is performing a U-turn on the decision to not support the BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS platforms

BlackBerry’s had a seriously tough few years, and it got significantly worse when Facebook and WhatsApp announced they would stop supporting the firm’s BlackBerry 10 and BB OS platforms, this is according to TechTimes.

Writing on its blog, BlackBerry confirms that Facebook will continue to be available on its home-grown operating systems, but warns “the experience will be slightly different.”

According to reports,BlackBerry has worked closely with the social network to update the web-app for both BlackBerry 10 and the aging BB OS.



New Ransomware found via MS Word and PowerShell targets SA businesses

According to the ITweb,IT security researchers have discovered a new family of ransomware that targets organisations via Microsoft Word and PowerShell. PoweShell is the scripting language inherent to Microsoft operating systems.

The report states that,the Carbon Black Threat Research Team, based in Massachusetts, has dubbed this new malware family PowerWare, which they say is a new instance of ransomware utilising native tools, such as PowerShell, on operating systems.

PowerWare is being distributed to victims via phishing e-mails containing Word documents with malicious macros, an increasingly common attack technique. The phishing attack is being disguised as an invoice,the publication states.

According to the researchers, traditional ransomware variants typically install new malicious files on the system, which, in some instances, can be easier to detect. However, PowerWare asks PowerShell, a core utility of current Windows systems, to do the dirty work.

It points out the prevalence and popularity of ransomware in recent months has been staggering, with thousands of organisations paying ransoms to unlock their encrypted files.

According to the report,the prevalence and popularity of ransomware in recent months has been staggering, says the Carbon Black Threat Research Team.

“The ransomware and cyber bullying onslaught is gaining momentum worldwide, and South African businesses are falling victim too”, a statement from the report.




Dark Souls III Game:Review

Dark Souls III Review

Dark Souls 3 might not be the last game in the series, but it’s easy to see why its creator Hidetaka Miyazaki said it could be. There’s a stunningly realised world in ruin, and a seemingly infinite number of hyper-difficult enemies to kill. On the surface, it appears to be more of the same.

Like every game in the Souls series, the plot is vague, compelling you to slaughter all manner of monstrosities ranging from giants to undead trees. The familiarity kicks in almost instantaneously thanks to a well-worn setting and art direction before you actually attack your first foe. But when you do, it comes into its own.

What’s interesting is how quick Dark Souls 3’s combat is. Much like developer FromSoftware’s last game, Bloodborne, you can dodge and side-step almost every blow with consummate ease, but the use of shields to block attacks is just as important. This is because you can’t regain health by attacking as you could in Bloodborne.

In addition to this, dual-wielding a weapon grants you access to new kinds of attacks. These include the ability to use a bow like a sniper rifle to zoom in to your target, or letting a longsword perform a strike that decimates an opponent’s shield. These weapon arts – as the game calls them – use up both the stamina bar as well as focus points, which seems to be a replacement for the set number of times you could cast magic in previous entries. Although stamina regenerates after some time, focus points do not, forcing you to think before unleashing a critical hit, adding a dimension of strategy in the process.

All of this results in gameplay that squarely falls in between the blistering pace of Bloodborne and the staccato rhythm of other Souls games. The surprisingly good amalgamation of familiar gameplay concepts that work well in concert gives Dark Souls 3 an identity that’s a whole lot more refined than anything we’ve come across in the series.

Combat aside, there’s a welcome density to the world of Dark Souls 3. From a host of non-playable characters with their own quest lines to unruly mobs of abominations looking to ensure your early demise, there’s a lot going on. Throw in the fact that each section has multiple routes, shortcuts and verticality, and you have game consisting of intricately layered levels that reward exploration and caution.

Before you know it, you’ll find yourself immersed in delving through each nook and cranny to make some sense of the events unfolding. Be it armour descriptions or weapon drops from the recently deceased, every element fills in the blanks of the game’s sordid tale. There’s a heady mix of both Lovecraftian and medieval styles across environments to add just enough variety to keep you going.

The differentiation extends to the game’s many bosses. Most have multiple phases and get tougher to defeat the closer they are to their death. It makes for enthralling affairs. Souls veterans are probably aware that being greeted by a ‘game over’ screen the first time around is all but obvious, so if you’re new to the series, prepare to die, several times over. Each boss demands a different approach and an enormous amount of patience, but the sheer satisfaction of beating them more than makes up for it.

Along the way, prepare to make several trips to Firelink Shrine. It’s the hub where you unlock new areas to travel to, meet non-playable characters (NPCs), buy items, and most importantly, level up your character. Borrowing from Dark Souls 2, you can only upgrade your stats here and nowhere else. It does tend to disrupt the flow of gameplay from time to time, what with Dark Souls 1 allowing you to do so at bonfires that littered the game world. You’ll be back often for gear, and to level up to survive what stands in your way.

However, there’s one villain that will almost always get the better of you despite of your character’s strengths – the game’s camera. On occasion you will die because the camera gets obscured by enemies or gets stuck to a wall. This prevents you from knowing which direction to roll and it gets worse when you’re up against a large boss in a confined space, making an already difficult game all the more tougher.

Furthermore, menu and inventory management seems as cutting edge as it was in previous instalments, which is to say it’s as intuitive as trying to browse the Internet on an abacus. Evidently there’s been little effort to fix these long-standing issues.

This isn’t all. Dark Souls 3 stutters, dropping a few frames below the advertised 30 frames per second. Now it isn’t as bad as say, Batman: Arkham Knight on PC at launch, but there’s enough of it to put a damper on your experience. It’s extremely noticeable on the Xbox One and, according to reports we’ve seen elsewhere, present on the PS4 as well, albeit only in the game’s busier sections. Hopefully this will be rectified with a day one patch when the game is out officially on April 12.

So Dark Souls 3 might not be the last game in the series, but we won’t be surprised if it’s taken in a different direction going forward. The remarkable improvements in terms of combat, level design, and boss encounters, made our time with it well spent despite its technical and user interface failings.


Combat feels fresh

Memorable boss battles

Smartly designed locations


Poor frame rate

Erratic camera

Unintuitive menus

Rating (out of 10): 8


Reviewed by: Rishi Alwani

You can now Bold, Italize and Strikethrough text on your Whatsapp

WhatsApp has added a new feature which allows users to format text, adding bold, italics or strikethrough when the mood hits them.

These new features will be available to both iOS and Android users, via an automatic update, but their use requires very specific inputs in order to work. To make text bold, you’ll need to place asterisks on either end of the words in question, *bold*. For italics, enter an underscore at the beginning and end, _italics_. Lastly, for strikethroughs, type in tildes in on either end, ~strikethrough~.

The new upgrade demonstrates how WhatsApp is becoming ever closer to becoming a full word processing platform, in the vein of Microsoft Office.

Another new feature is the ability to share documents from your Google Drive, by selecting Share > Share Document > More > Google Drive (you must toggle to permit access to your Drive).

WhatsApp is the world’s largest messaging service, with over one billion regular users. Facebook purchased the platform in 2014 for $19 billion (£13 billion) in 2014, and has continued to run the service parallel to its own standalone Messenger app.




Instagram bumps video limit to 60 seconds

A day after many Instagram users freaked out out about the upcoming algorithmic feed change, the photo- and video-sharing service teased yet another tweak, though this one might be better received.

Soon, you’ll be able to share videos on Instagram that are up to a minute long, the Facebook-owned app said Tuesday. Instagram first rolled out video-sharing capabilities back in 2013, but they have thus far been restricted to 15 seconds.

According to PC web,Instagram, said that over the last six months, the time people spent watching video has increased by more than 40 percent, prompting today’s change.

“We want to bring you fun, flexible, and creative ways to create and watch video on Instagram,” the company wrote in a blog post. “As part of our continued commitment, you’ll soon have the flexibility to tell your story in up to 60 seconds of video. This is one step of many you’ll see this year”, a statement from the report.

The update is rolling out starting today and should reach everyone over the coming months, according to PCweb.

This is the second big change for Instagram videos in as many months, after the Facebook-owned company in February added view counts showing how many people have watched the clip in place of how many likes it has received.

Meanwhile, on iOS, another change is coming: Soon, you’ll be able to create videos from multiple clips from your camera roll. This feature will be available as part of Instagram for iOS version 7.19 in the App St



TrueCaller bug could expose details of million users

TechTimes reports that,a bug in the world’s largest caller ID app Truecaller could expose personal details of millions of users worldwide, claim security researchers from the Cheetah Mobile Security Research Lab.

According to the researchers, “This vulnerability allows anyone to steal Truecaller users’ sensitive information, potentially opening doors for attackers. Overall, more than 100 million Android users who have downloaded this app on their smartphones are in danger.”

“The researcher found that Truecaller uses devices’ IMEI as the only identity label of its users. Meaning that anyone gaining the IMEI of a device will be able to get Truecaller users’ personal information (including phone number, home address, mail box, gender, etc.) and tamper app settings without users’ consent, exposing them to malicious phishers,” a statement from the report.

According to Cheetah Mobile, by exploiting the flaw, the attackers can steal users’s personal information like account name, gender, e-mail, profile pic, home address, etc; modify a user’s application settings, disable spam blockers; add to a black list for users; or delete a user’s blacklist.

According to TechTimes,Cheetah Mobile Security Research Team claimed that it notified Truecaller about this vulnerability as soon as they discovered the loophole. Truecaller on its part has addressed the issue and released an update on March 22, but users still need to update to the app’s latest version.-TechTimes

MTN to bring big changes to Sim swap process

MTN plans to reduce the risk of SIM swap fraud on its network by implementing two significant changes to the procedure.This comes after a R200,000 Sim swap scam involving MTN and FNB made headlines, reports MyBroadband.

“Our customers’ security is one of our main priorities, and we have implemented these changes to make the SIM swap process as safe as possible,” said MTN, the publication quotes.

According to MyBroadband,the first change is that all MTN customers, including SME and corporate clients, will be on “MTN Verified”.

“With MTN Verified, if the requesting cellphone number is still active on our network, the SIM swap will only be processed if the requesting cellphone number approves it,” said MTN.

Secondly, SIM swaps will only be processed on the MTN network between 07:00 and 20:00 daily.

“If a SIM swap is received for processing outside of these times, the SIM swap will be completed after 07:00 the next morning.”