Privacy in Social Networks is bad

In its biggest privacy research to date, Stiftung Warentest, the leading consumer product testing organisation in Germany, has attested bad marks to Facebook, Myspace & Co. Eight of ten checked social networks showed “remarkable” or “big” failures with data security or the users’ privacy protection.

How-to: Connect to Facebook Chat from your desktop

When Facebook originally introduced its chat service, users were not happy with the closedness of the network. Even today, Facebook Connect is the preferred way of signing in for third-party apps. Since the launch of the new Home page this month, Facebook’s Instant Messaging service can be used with any desktop client.