HelpMeSave300.com – Brian Holloway – Brings Minors & Internet Privacy to the Forefront

Brian Holloway Help Me Save 300

Ex-NFL star and Stanford Alum Brian Holloway is indirectly bringing the issue of Internet Privacy and Minors to the national media with his website www.HelpMeSave300.com. On Labor Day Weekend, approximately 300 house-crashing teens were partying at his vacant Rensselaer County Vacation Home. It caused $20,000 in estimated damages. The photos and names of these teens, many posted by those at the party, are now indexed by the Search Engines and have become a permanent record for these teenagers.

As a service provider in the Internet Reputation Management Industry, we urge these parents and their lawyers to come to a swift settlement with Brian Holloway. If your son or daughter’s photo or name appears on his website, we would advise you to act quickly to negotiate with him to get it removed. As you know, these photos may have the future impact to cause irreparable damage to your son or daughter’s reputation. If you are one of these kids that attended this party, then as a member of this new social media generation you become the first group to deal with this issue of Internet Privacy and Minors.

According to his website, they were allegedly from the following high schools and colleges: Berlin Central, New Lebanon High School, Tamarac High School, Christian Brothers Academy, Shaker High School, Waterford High School, Averil Park High School, Columbia High School and Utica College trashed his Stephentown, New York House. Many of these High School and College Students posted pictures of the party on their Twitter accounts, many that are still active with these photos.

Brian Holloway - HelpMeSave300.com

With the launch of his website www.HelpMeSave300.com, Brian Holloway is re-posting the photos that these high school and college students posted. Additionally, a deeper look into the website show that the following names appear in the source code of the site:

The Daily News is now reporting that some of the parents of the teens are considering lawsuits against Brian Holloway, the former New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders Offensive Lineman.

On Saturday, September 21, 2013, Brian Holloway is again asking these parents and the teens to come to his house to help clean up. During a previous event, only one parent showed up as well as some teens from a local high school.

 

Vine App Privacy Settings – How to Make Vine Private

Vine is the mobile service that lets users create and share short looping videos. All videos published to Vine are public like Twitter posts. Since you can’t currently make these videos private, here are recommended privacy settings for your Vine App including information about deleting a video post and blocking users.

Vine Privacy Settings

1. Vine Videos – Videos you post to Vine will appear on your Vine Profile, Timelines of your Vine followers. You can also share your posts with Twitter and Facebook.
2. Deleting Video Posts – If you have uploaded a video and want to delete it, you can tap on the icon with three dots just below the video. If you have shared it on Twitter or Facebook, the link to the post will still appear but will not play. You will need to delete the post separately on Twitter or Facebook.
3. Sign-up – You should sign-up for your Vine Account using your Email Address rather than Facebook or Twitter. By doing so, you can change your user name in Vine as described below.
4. User Name – To secure your privacy, you can change your user name in Vine. Vine does not require a unique User Name. To change your Profile, tap Profile, Settings. Vine has a Search for People Directory and by removing your User Name, you should be removed from this directory.
5. Location – To secure your privacy, you can omit your Location. To remove or change your location, tap Profile, Settings.
6. Social Networks – To secure your privacy, you may not want to connect your Twitter and Facebook Accounts to your Vine App. Unfortunately, this would make it more difficult to Find your friend’s Vine Profiles.
7. Vine Profile Picture – If you signed up using Twitter, your Vine Profile picture will be the same as your Twitter account. You can change this in your Vine Profile Settings.
8. Address Book – Vine has a feature that will enable you to Find Your Friends from your local Mobile Device Address Book. To secure your privacy, you may not want to use this feature.
9. Unpublished Videos to Device Video Library – If you create a video and do not share it to Vine (Twitter or Facebook), the video ends up in your Device Video Library. The Video will not appear in the Vine App Activity.
10. Blocking a User – To block a user on Vine, navigate to that account’s profile and tape the three dots of the top menu bar and select “Block this person.”
11. Privacy – In general, you should consider the privacy consequences before posting to Vine. There are several new third party Apps including Vpeeker.com that are re-posting Vine Videos.

Twitter has publicly mentioned that “we will add more ways for you to control the visibility of your content in a future version of Vine.” See the Reference information below.

Someone has started a online petition here to push Twitter into allow Vine Private Accounts.

Reference
FAQs about Vine

How to Block a User on Instagram

Block User Instagram, How to Block a User on Instragram

Here are the steps to Block a User on Instagram.

To block or unblock someone:

  1. Go to their profile by tapping  at the bottom of the app and searching for their name or username
  2. Tap  in the upper-right corner of their profile
  3. Tap Block User or Unblock User

Reference

Blocking People (Instagram.com)

How to Remove Banjo – Someone Just Viewed Your Profile

Ban.jo Remove Who Viewed My Profile

Banjo Notification – Someone viewed your Banjo Profile

Are you one of the 2 Million Banjo (www.banj.jo) users that is using the Banjo Mobile Application? This Social Discovery App works like many of the Dating sites and LinkedIn.com and sends a mobile notification to the user when you view their profile. Here are some tips for anonymous viewing on Banjo.

  • Banjo Users – Although you see Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn and Facebook users, only registered Banjo users are notified. Before you view a users’s profile, check if they have a B icon on the right bottom corner of their profile (see below).

Banjo Users B Icon - don't View

  •  Non-Banjo Users – If you view these user’s profiles, they will not be notified. You can view these Anonymously.
  • Map / Feed / People – If you are unsure, click on the People tab at the bottom of the screen (the above graphic on the Banjo site is old). It may be easier to see the Banjo icon using the People view.
  • Anonymous Viewing — This feature does not exist yet for viewing Banjo Users Profiles. If you view a profile with the Banjo icon on it, they will receive an immediate notification.

Banjo is one of the new very cool and emerging Social Discovery Apps. The “Someone Just Viewed Your Profile” feature is not new, LinkedIn and some of the Dating sites (eHarmony) use it. We emailed Banjo if they had an Anonymous Viewing option planned for in the future. They did not respond to our email.

Finally, there is no current known Facebook App that detects “How to See Who Views Your Facebook Profile”. Facebook must approve all Facebook Apps and will not approve any with this feature. If you receive an invitation to download such an App, it’s likely virus or malware.

 

How to Remove Your iPhone Address Book from Twitter in 5 Minutes

Twitter - How to Remove Cell Phone Address Book from Twitter

Your iPhone Contacts are Stored in Twitter’s Servers

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Twitter has acknowledged that after mobile users tap the “Find friends” feature on its smartphone app, the company downloads users’ entire address book, including email addresses and phone numbers, and keeps the data on its servers for 18 months.

Removal Instructions – Twitter Find Friends Address Book

1. Log-in to your Twitter Account.

2. Go to:

Twitter Find Friends Page – click here

Twitter - Remove Address Book iPhone

3. Click on the Remove link.

Remove Mobile Address Book from Twitter

4. Click Yes to delete your iPhone or Mobile Address Book that Twitter is storing on their servers for 18 months.

Remove Address Book from Twitter

After clicking on Remove, you will receive a confirmation message that your contacts have been removed. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see which contacts they had.

References
Los Angeles Times – Twitter stores full iPhone contact list for 18 months, after scan

How To Remove Socialcam Auto Sharing in Facebook

How Do I Remove Socialcam Account from Facebook, Remove Notifications

How do I Remove Auto Sharing in Socialcam from Facebook?

If the videos you watched were shared on your Facebook Wall (even after you turned off Auto Sharing), here are instructions on how to turn this setting off.

On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, to respond to online privacy issues that the Socialcam App Auto Shared Clips on their Facebook Wall, Socialcam revised their program so that it no longer resumes or turned sharing back on.  Socialcam users should check their Auto Sharing Settings in the Socialcam Profile.

If you feel more comfortable deleting both your Socialcam Account and Removing the App, for instructions click here. Don’t forget to remove your Socialcam Mobile App and/or review its settings.

1. From your Facebook Timeline, select Privacy Settings

Facebook Socialcam Privacy Settings

2. Under Ads, Apps and Websites, select Edit Settings

Facebook Apps Removal Socialcam

3. Under Socialcam Apps, select Edit Settings

Facebook Socialcam Removal

4. Under App Settings Socialcam, select Edit

Remove Socialcam Settings

5. Under App Settings, Socialcam, click on the Socialcam Icon.

Remove Socialcam

6. From the Socialcam Application Menu, select Settings

Socialcam Removal Menu Settings

7. From the Socialcam Edit my account screen, under Auto Sharing, ensure both boxes are unchecked (the default at installation is checked).

Disable Socialcam Autosharing

Socialcam Delte Account

Step-by-Step Instructions – Remove Facebook Trending Videos

In May 2012, Facebook launched a new Trending Videos widget that is automatically posted to your Facebook News Feed. What is intrusive about this feed is that the top videos are from Socialcam or Viddy, and to watch these trending videos you once again must install these Social Media Apps. In addition, the Facebook Privacy settings do not provide a privacy setting to enable or disable Facebook Trending Videos. Here are recommended steps to block Socialcam and Viddy from posting on your Wall.

If you haven’t noticed these videos on your Facebook News Feed, here is an example:

New Facebook Trending Videos Widget
Remove Facebook Trending Videos, Socialcam Trending Videos

1. From your Facebook Timeline, select Privacy Settings

Remove Trending Videos

2. Under Blocked People and Apps, select Manage BlockingFacebook Block Socialcam, Block Viddy

3. Under Block apps, enter Socialcam

Block Viddy

Remove viddy

After blocking these Apps, you should not see Socialcam or Viddy videos on your Facebook News Feed. There may be other videos on the Trending Video Widget, if those videos require you to install an App to view them, you can also block those Apps. It would be nice to see Facebook add a privacy setting to block Video Apps that require App installation.

Other Socialcam Removal Notes

  • Auto Sharing – If you wish to keep your Socialcam account and Facebook App installed, you can remove the Autosharing in Step 7 above. Both of these options were selected as the default settings during installation.
  • Initial Installation — When you Installed Socialcam, Auto Sharing was enabled.
  • Initial Installation — When you installed Socialcam, the default setting was to share your videos with Everyone.
  • Trending Videos Widget – Instructions to Remove Trending Videos Widget.

If you need assistance in removing information off the Internet or other online privacy issues, contact or call us at 1-888-591-9828.

How Do I Delete My Socialcam Account?

How Do I Remove Socialcam Account from Facebook, Remove Notifications

How do I Remove Socialcam from Facebook? – How do I Delete Socialcam

May 15, 2012 Update: The Socialcam Video Sharing App that has seen viral growth in the past several months to over 51 million users. Recently, the Socialcam Auto Sharing feature was automatically re-enabled which caused unwanted Socialcam Videos watched to be shared on Facebook users’ walls and with their Friends. Unlike a YouTube video, when viewing a Socialcam Video, the Facebook user is required to add the Socialcam App which accounted for the increase in usage, like a virus. On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, to respond to online privacy issues Socialcam said they revised their program so that it no longer resumes sharing. Socialcam users should check their Auto Sharing Settings in the Socialcam Profile. However, users may feel more comfortable deleting both your Socialcam Account and Removing the App, here are instructions. You can also add the Socialcam App to your Facebook App Block List. Don’t forget to remove your Socialcam Mobile App and/or review its settings. Finally, Socialcam has added an uninstall option to the users’ Facebook Wall, we didn’t use that option because we wanted to ensure our Socialcam App was deleted.

1. From your Facebook Timeline, select Privacy Settings

Facebook Socialcam Privacy Settings

2. Under Ads, Apps and Websites, select Edit Settings

Facebook Apps Removal Socialcam

3. Under Socialcam Apps, select Edit Settings

Facebook Socialcam Removal

4. Under App Settings Socialcam, select Edit

Remove Socialcam Settings

5. Under App Settings, Socialcam, click on the Socialcam Icon (to delete your Socialcam Account from their site).

Remove Socialcam

6. From the Socialcam Application Menu, select Settings

Socialcam Removal Menu Settings

7. From the Socialcam Edit my account screen, under Click to change password, at the bottom corner, click Delete my account

Disable Socialcam Autosharing

Click Delete my Account

Delete Sociacam Account

8. Repeat the above steps and in Step 5, click Remove App.

Other Socialcam Removal Notes

  • Auto Sharing – If you wish to keep your Socialcam account and Facebook App installed, you can remove the Autosharing in Step 7 above. Both of these options were selected as the default settings during installation.
  • Initial Installation — When you Installed Socialcam, Auto Sharing was enabled.
  • Initial Installation — When you installed Socialcam, the default setting was to share your videos with Everyone.

How to Block the Socialcam App

Here are instructions for permanently blocking the Socialcam App from your Facebook Account.

1.  From the Facebook Timline Menu, click Privacy Settings.

2. Under Blocked People and Apps, select Manage Blocking

3. In Block apps, enter Socialcam

Block Socialcam Appp in Facebook

If you need assistance in removing information off the Internet or other online privacy issues, contact or call us at 1-888-591-9828.

 

How to Stop Spotify from Posting to Facebook in 5 Minutes

How to Stop Spotify from Posting to Facebook Wall

Removing Spotify from Your Facebook Wall

If you want to stop Spotify from posting the songs you listen to on your Facebook Wall here are the steps:

Spotify Preferences Menu

  • From the Spotify Menu > Preferences

Spotify Removal from Facebook Wall

  • Under Activity Sharing, uncheck the box: Show what I listen to on Facebook (Default)
  • Under Activity Sharing, uncheck the box:  Share my activity on Spotify Social (Deault) — if you don’t want to share your Spotify activity in the Spotify App with your Facebook or Twitter Friends.

Remove Spotify Music Sharing Settings

By default, Spotify will share your playlists and music. Here is how to remove these Spotify settings:

Remove Spotify Music Share, Turn off music sharing Spotify - Remove Sharing

  • Under Profile, uncheck: Automatically publish new playlists
  • Under Profile, uncheck: Top Tracks
  • Under Profile, uncheck: Top Artists

Remove Spotify iTunes Library

  • Under Local Files, uncheck: Music
  • Under Local Files, uncheck: Downloads
  • Under Local Files, uncheck: iTunes
Sources:

Spotify: Who can see my playlists?

Enabling a Spotify Private Session – Similar to Private Browsing – Temporarily Disables Browsing

Alternatively, if you want to continue to share Music with your Friends, you temporarily disable music sharing by enabling a Spotify Private Session.

Spotify Private Session

  • From the Spotify Menu > Private Session

Other Tips and Notes

  • Twitter – If you signed up for your Spotify Account with Twitter, your Facebook Settings will not be visible under Activity Sharing.
  • Facebook – You can also delete your Spotify connection to your Facebook Account.
  • Spotify – Your Spotify account has a separate login at www.Spotify.com, but these preferences are only available through the Spotify App.
  • Spotify Privacy Settings and Personal Information Privacy Policy – Internet Removal Online Privacy Directory – Spotify

Applying for Jobs? Control What Employers Find Online About You

Recently there has been much scrutiny over employers asking applicants for their Facebook username and passwords. And while lawmakers and Facebook are taking an active stance against it, employers still have access to view your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and anything they can find about you on the internet.

Social networking sites do not default to the most private setting. So while applying for a job, you may not be aware that content you are publishing to your friends may be available to everyone. Control the content employers find about you by following the 5 steps below.

  1. Google Yourself
    Type your name into Google. If there is anything in Google you wouldn’t want your grandparents to see, chances are you do not want perspective employers to see that as well. Remove yourself from slanderous posts in forums, associations with controversial sites or groups, and anything that may conflict with information on your resumé. Also, check Bing, Yahoo, and Ask.com.
  2. Google Images
    Check your name in Google Images as well. You might be surprised how easily some Facebook content from 3 years ago pops up. If there is anything at all negative, track down exactly where that image came from and remove it.
  3. Clean Up Your Facebook
    Sign out of Facebook and comb through exactly what people that aren’t friends with you see. Look through your photo albums, posts, and especially the “About Me” section. Recent college graduates often have too many images filled with drinking and partying. Instead, hide your photo albums and either make sure your “About Me” section looks professional or hide that section as well. Also, hide your profile picture album if you don’t want prospective employers going through previous profile picture images.
  4. Did You Change Your Facebook Name? It Might Not Be Enough
    Over the past few years there have been an overwhelming amount of Facebook users that change their Facebook name to better hide their accounts. However, solely changing your name and not implementing a few privacy settings is reckless. If enough people have mentioned you, or even if you have mentioned yourself by your full name, that may be just enough for a perspective employer to find your Facebook.To ensure you look great to prospective employers, make your Facebook private, but leave the “About Me” section open, ensuring it is filled with professional and appropriate content. Also, show a suitable profile picture (e.g., no drinks, cigarettes, drugs, or pictures at clubs or bars).
  5. Check Your Twitter, Foursquare, and other Social Media Profiles
    Facebook is usually the first social media site employers look at while researching their applicants, but employers also check Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Myspace and any other site they can find their applicants. Just like you should comb through your Facebook, you should take control of your privacy settings in all of your social media accounts and ensure all information is either private or appropriate.

How To Download your Facebook Personal Information

 

Facebook Privacy Data Download

On April 12, 2012, Facebook announced on its Facebook Privacy Page that it began expanding its Archive feature to its 845 million monthly active users. In Europe, 40,000 Facebook users requested a full copy of the data that Facebook has compiled on each of them. Under the European privacy law, Facebook had to comply with these requests.

Facebook Privacy Data Download Feature Announcement

Starting today, you will be able to download an expanded archive of your Facebook account history. First introduced in 2010, Download Your Information lets you get a copy of what you’ve shared on Facebook, such as photos, posts, messages, a list of friends and chat conversations. Now you can access additional categories of information, including previous names, friend requests you’ve made and IP addresses you logged in from. This feature will be rolling out gradually to all users and more categories of information will be available for download in the future. Download Your Information is available from your Facebook Account Settings.

Step By Step Instructions

1. Click the account menu at the top right of any Facebook page

2. Choose Account Settings

3. Click on “Download a copy of your Facebook data”

Facebook Download Personal Information

4. Click Start My Archive

5. You will receive the notification below that your request is being processed.

Facebook Private Information Data collected by Facebook

6. In about 3 hours, we received an email that our download was ready. We logged into Facebook using the steps above and re-entered our password.

FB Download Personal Data

FB Download

7. Our Facebook Download file was 46.4 MB. It included the 2 folders (photos, html) and 2 files (index.html, README.TXT):

FB-USERID-FOLDER

Index.html – A HTML file allowing you to navigate your Faceboook Data

README.TXT (that date/time the download was created)

photos folder

  • album (containing all photos for that album)

html folder

  • style.css
  • lock.gif
  • album-AlbumName.html
  • album-Wall Photos.html
  • friends.html (list of all friends, and their email address, if pulblic)
  • messages.html (we found messages in our archive dated back to 2008)
  • notes.html
  • photos.html (photos posted to your wall and comments)
  • photos-me.html (html page only, no photos)
  • profile.html (your FaceBook profile including Current City, Website, Birthday, Sex, Hometown, Family, Employers, Political Views, Activities, Other, Music, Bio, Groups)
  • wall.html (all posts you’ve made to your wall to your wall, including comments from your friends)

8.In the test we ran on April 12, 2012, I do not believe that the Facebook Enhanced Archive Data is included yet. This information will be rolled out gradually to the Facebook User Community. After the initial Download was run, Facebook’s tool does not allow you to make a second request. I imagine when the Enhanced Data Archive is available, their tool will allow the second request.

Note: On May 5, 2012, the Facebook Enhanced Archive Data was available!

What’s in your archive?

  • Photos or videos you’ve shared on Facebook
  • Your Wall posts, messages and chat conversations
  • Your friends’ names and some of their email addresses

(Note: We’ll only include email addresses for friends who’ve allowed this in their account settings.)
What’s not in your archive?

  • Your friends’ photos and status updates
  • Other people’s personal info
  • Comments you’ve made on other people’s posts

Facebook Enhanced Archive

Your enhanced archive contains additional info about your account, along with data that’s logged when you interact with Facebook. This could include:

  • IP addresses: Any IP addresses we have stored (this won’t be all of the IP addresses that have ever accessed your account)
  • Login info: A list of the logins we have stored (this won’t include every login during your account’s history)
  • Log out info: The IP addresses from which you logged out
  • Pending friend requests: Friend requests you sent and friend requests you received but haven’t accepted or denied
  • Account status changes: Dates when your account was reactivated, deactivated, disabled or deleted
  • Poke info: Information about the pokes you’ve exchanged
  • Events info: Events you accepted, declined, and responded maybe to
  • Other profile (timeline) info:

    • The mobile phone numbers you’ve added to your account
    • Your city and hometown (whatever is currently listed)
    • The names of the family members you’ve listed on your account
    • Your relationship info (names and statuses)
    • A list of the languages you’ve added to your profile
    • A history of any changes you’ve made to the name on your account

Sources: NYTimes.com, Facebook.com

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