Facebook Gearing Up To Take On Gmail

If there is anything that people haven’t stopped complaining about since the inception of Facebook – Nope, it’s not the new goats and farms that keep popping up on your home page – it would be the messaging service on Facebook. Things as simple as deleting messages is as grueling as grating your own finger. While it has been given some face-lifts over time, like adding a search functionality that only somewhat works and organizing series of messages in a single thread but it is still a far cry from being anything but a necessary evil.

Ask any Facebook user and you will find out how they have hundreds upon hundreds of unread messages that they don’t even bother to read or even delete.

Facebook New Homepage

Facebook New Homepage

The latest Face-lift that Facebook received on its 6th birthday was really telling about how they intend to  handle their notifications and messages. They have streamlined their design and created an area that has all your notifications instead of splattering it all over the screen.

HOW TO: Protect Your Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Facebook from Hackers!

Hotmail

Hotmail

Note: If you have a Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo or AOL account, it’s advisable to change your password now!

Last week, about 10,000 Hotmail user accounts and passwords were posted on a developer’s forum. The accounts listed were the ones starting with the letters A and B hinting that this is just a snippet from a bigger list of accounts that have been compromised.

To further freak out webmail users, another list containing a cocktail of about 30,000 Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL user’s accounts was leaked later on during the week.

So how did they do it?

Apparently, people are still not able to tell the difference between an authentic website and a phishing website. Most of the compromised accounts on the list were obtained using fake websites that ask for your login and password to authenticate your account. While campaigns educating the user on how to better protect himself or herself from phishing scams have been running nonstop for the past 5 years, they can’t be blamed for falling for such scams.

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