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on “Facebook App Redesign “Tricks” Users Into Installing Apps”

  1. Kate Holmes
    Does a javascript blocker interfere with all javascript? if so, why install it just to "stay safe" on fb? ps how can we get our friends/fans on fb from including OUR name on apps like the one that sends "Joe Blow requesting your birthday" Now, an app that sends me roses on my b-day would be another matter ;)
  2. Dean
    NoScript (the Javascript blocker we recommend) blocks all Javascript. I think everyone should install and use NoScript, regardless of whether or not you use Facebook. It's just that exploits are commonly Javascript-based and it's a common exploit to publish what appears to be a legit app to the Facebook Apps market, then redirect the user to a 3rd party site so the malicious code can be executed. Having NoScript installed and enabled, will prevent that. People forget they have NoScript installed though. :) They'll go to visit a site they haven't visited since installing NoScript. Since many sites utilize Javascript and other active content, a website usually won't look right or function properly until you allow it. So it's more a matter of being prepared for how NoScript works and knowing you have to allow/whitelist a site. Once you've hit your usual sites though, you usually have your whitelist all set within the first 24-48 hours.

    Go to Privacy Settings > Blocked People and Apps > Manage Blocking. You can block requests from specific people, or specific apps:

    Facebook Privacy Settings

    Facebook has just become too much of a breeding ground for viruses and crappy content. I get my news and info from reddit and I share via Google Plus. I have a Facebook account so I can participate in Resale Connect, but Google Plus really does offer more for businesses @ SEO and it's a bit more grown-up in certain ways than Facebook is. I'm trying to think of how the consignment industry can take advantage of Google Hangouts - i.e. Google Plus' free video conferencing. You can invite people to a group video conference and everyone can see and hear one another.

    I'm still waiting for the beer & cupcakes on my birthday app! ;)
  3. Kate Holmes
    Thanks, Dean... as I understand the javascript thingie, I can allow/disallow it on sites as I wish, and once allowed, the permission remains on my future visits to that site, right? I too am waiting for FB to go the way of MySpace. Hate the bossiness of it all, and if I didn't have to reach MY customers... resale shopkeepers... I'd be off it in a flash!
    • Dean
      @I can allow/disallow it on sites as I wish, and once allowed, the permission remains on my future visits to that site, right?

      Yep! You nailed it right on the head! The first time you visit Facebook after installing NoScript, you'll see at least two sites to be allowed:



      In this case, it's Facebook's primary domain (facebook.com), as well as one of their secondary domains (fbcdn.net). Sites the size of Facebook aren't running on just one computer in a closet somewhere. Frequently, 'assets' (e.g. images, style sheets, etc.) will be offloaded to another server/other servers dedicated to 'content delivery'.

      Take a look at Google Plus when you have a second. It's worth claiming your own page, just for the SEO benefits alone. Let me know if you have any questions!

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