Andrew Keen: Facebook Is ‘Zucking Up’ Human Society

Something even dodgier than a potential stock market fraud is going on. By sabotaging what it really means to be human, Facebook is stealing the innocence of our inner lives. It may even be “Zucking” us up as a species.

We are creating a world in which our sense of identity, of who we actually are, is defined by what others think of us. Social media’s ubiquity means that we are losing that most precious of human things — our sense of self . Our devices are always on; our “Timeline” is there for everyone to see; we are living in public on a radically transparent global network that, by 2020, will be fed by 50 billion intelligent devices carried by the majority of people on the planet. Yes, digital narcissism is a narcotic.


It’s time to wake up to the truth about social media. Networks like Facebook have turned us into products in which their only economic value is our personal data. Like any other addiction, we need recognize its destructive reality. Facebook is free because it sells our most intimate data to advertisers. Forget about last week’s dodgy IPO. The fraud is on anyone who has ever used Facebook.

At the dawn of our brave new networked 21st century world, we are faced with two options. Either, we succumb to the narcotic of digital narcissism, turn ourselves inside out and let our kids inherit a world in which the quiet mystery of the disciplined private self becomes a historical artifact. Or we fight our growing addiction to social media so that we are no longer enslaved to the personal update, the tweet or the check-in. Privacy or publicness? It’s not a hard choice. Zuck-up or save the species. I trust you’ll know which one to make.

Have you already been “Zucked up” by Facebook? Tell us what you think about this write-up!

Source: CNN

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How to Remove Computer Virus on Your Own

If your PC has ever been infected – or worse, if it’s infected right now – you’re probably groaning. Yes it’s a pain, but the good news is: you can remove viruses yourself, for free.

1:  Back Up Documents, Photos and Videos. Save your important data to an external drive. Be sure to scan this drive and its contents after you remove the virus; you don’t want to re-infect your computer after the clean-up.

2: Reboot in Safe Mode. Prevent the virus from running when you try to remove it. To do this, reboot in safe mode.  Choose “Safe Mode with Networking” so that you can still get on the Internet.

3: Download Virus Scanner/Removal Tools. One may do the job, but three will almost certainly do the job. These three have worked for me and come highly recommended by PC Magazine and CNET:
Malwarebytes
SuperAntispyware
PC Tools

4: Run Virus Scanners. Download, double-click to install, accept all the defaults they recommend, and then run each. When the programs locate a virus or any suspicious items, allow the programs to delete the files.


5: Reboot Normally. Reboot your computer normally; no need for safe mode. If the virus is gone, go to step 6.

**IF YOU STILL HAVE THE VIRUS**
Many people will recommend you reinstall Windows or try system restore or download a registry cleaner. I say that at this point, most people should take the computer to a local PC repair shop.

6: Add Security . PC Tools is a real-time virus scanner that you can use as your ongoing protection, or install something like Avast or AVG. Also Microsoft’s Security Essentials comes well recommended. You should also go to the Control Panel of your computer, and in the security section click Windows Update. Make sure that it’s set up to regularly update.

7: Damage Control. Viruses are a gateway to identity theft and spam. So after you disinfect your computer it’s a good idea to check your credit. You should also change all your passwords, especially your email password and any passwords for your financial institutions.

Source: Yahoo News

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