How to Block Political Posts on Facebook & Survive 2017

flag 234610 640 300x211 How to Block Political Posts on Facebook & Survive 2017Learn how to survive the 2017 political chatter by filtering your Facebook news feed to block annoying political posts. While you’re at it, you can also filter out terms like AR-15, gun control, executive order, Muslim ban and others without unfriending everyone.

In less than two minutes, you can block political posts on Facebook. The major versions only work on the Facebook website on your computer (based on the browser you use), but we’ll share a trick to get rid of the worst political Facebook posts on your iPhone or Android as well.

You can edit the list of political posts you want to filter from Facebook according to your personal preferences. Use a list to remove all political Facebook posts, or simply filter out those that you don’t agree with or that irritate you to see.

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Scammers love online dating apps

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Just in time to cast a pall on Valentine’s Day, iovation — the Portland-based data authentication and fraud protection startup — reports that online dating transactions through website and mobile apps are one of the biggest areas for scams. And the largest portion of online dating scams, 18 percent, occur in the United States.

Based on its analysis of fraud indicators in billions of online transactions across different industries, iovation found that 1.3 percent of all transactions on online dating sites were fraudulent, slightly down from the 1.5 percent flagged last year.

By comparison, the rate of fraud across all industries, with the exception of gaming and retail, was lower than in online dating, at just 1.1 percent fraudulent activity for the year. While a few tenths of a percentage might not seem like a lot, if you imagine the 3 billion devices that iovation monitors daily making an just one authentication request per day, that amounts to 600 million additional attempts at fraud every day for online dating sites. Continue reading

“Brighten” Someone’s Day In Seconds with this Anti-Bullying App

Austin Kevitch was in high school when he first came up with the idea for an app that would allow users to send compliments to each other anonymously. But it wasn’t until tragedy struck years later that he decided to turn that idea into reality.

Kevitch was studying abroad in South Africa when his friend, Oliver Pacchiana, died in a rock climbing accident. Soon after, positive and loving messages flooded Pacchiana’s Facebook wall. The tributes moved Kevitch deeply, and he imagined how much they would have meant to his friend if he’d received them while he was alive.

“Just hearing one of those comments could change your life,” said Kevitch, now 25 and the CEO of the app Brighten. “I learned a lot about him just from what people were sharing. It was a wake-up call that the world needs something like [Brighten].”

Today, Kevitch runs Brighten out of Santa Monica, California, with a six-person staff. The app, downloaded over 1 million times since its 2015 release, allows users to send out anonymous compliments called “brightens,” although Kevitch says most people choose to identify themselves. Users can also send a snapshot of their smile to the person who complimented them.

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People Are Finding It Hard to Focus on Work Right Now

donald trump 1818950 640 300x240 People Are Finding It Hard to Focus on Work Right NowA survey finds that nearly a third of people say they have been less productive since the election.

Months before the election, there were reports of greater political tension in offices than in previous election cycles. In one survey from the American Psychological Association, 10 percent of respondents said that political discussions at work led to stress, feeling cynical, difficulty finishing work, lower work quality, and diminished productivity.

Now, a new survey commissioned by BetterWorks—a software company that helps workers with setting and tracking goals—finds that post-election, politics is continuing to take a toll on workplace productivity. The online survey included 500 nationally representative, full-time American workers, and found that 87 percent of them read political social-media posts during the day, and nearly 50 percent reported seeing a political conversation turning into an argument in the workplace. Twenty-nine percent of respondents say they’ve been less productive since the election.

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Not even Donald Trump can save Twitter

social 1834013 640 300x300 Not even Donald Trump can save TwitterSince taking office on January 20, President Donald Trump has tweeted more than 120 times to his 24 million followers. But while Twitter has never had more geopolitical importance or market-moving potential, with the leader of the free world preferring to make incendiary and often false statements on his personal Twitter account, the platform being used to deliver those messages is still struggling.

Twitter’s stock tumbled by as much as 10 percent in pre-market trading after delivering fourth-quarter earnings results Thursday morning that disappointed Wall Street. The social-media company missed analysts’ expectations for revenue, with revenue of just $717 million compared to estimates of $740 million. Advertising spend on the platform lagged behind growth in daily users, which grew 11 percent year over year. In line with analyst expectations, Twitter’s monthly active users grew from 317 million last quarter to 319 million, but it did not disclose figures for daily usage.

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5 Cybersecurity Lessons Learned from the Super Bowl

Football 300x200 5 Cybersecurity Lessons Learned from the Super BowlThe NFL’s biggest game – and one of the largest sporting events on the planet offered millions the chance to be entertained for a few hours. Fans were glued to their television sets to experience the drama, the competition and the showmanship. Were they thinking about cyber threats? Probably not. But, surprisingly, business owners can learn some valuable lessons about cybersecurity from the Super Bowl.

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