Unlock Facebook Messenger Secret Chess Game


Did you know you could play chess with a friend directly in a Facebook chat window? All you need is a special phrase to launch the chess board and start playing.

BetaNews shares the instructions:

  1. During a conversation, type @fbchess play and a board will appear. Your friend will go first.
  2. Select a piece using K for king, Q for queen, B for bishop, N for knight, R for rook, or P for pawn.
  3. Then add the letter and number representing the space you want to move it on the board.

So, for example, you’d type @fbchess Pc4 to move it to that space. If more than one piece can go there, you’ll be asked which one to move.

By the way, if you want a larger view of the chess board, click on the chat menu settings icon and select “See Full Conversation.”

Sure there are tons of great/better chess games you can play online with your friends, but this built-in one is accessible to everyone you know on Facebook.


How to customize the URL of your LinkedIn profile

How to customize the URL of your LinkedIn profile

Before customizing the URL of your LinkedIn profile, it’s best to ensure that all vital information is posted since it serves as your online resume. Think of the name that you wish to use in your URL. It must be composed of 3 to 30 numbers or letters. Special characters and spaces are not accepted.

    1. Log in to your LinkedIn account.
    2. Hover your mouse on “Profile”, which can be found on the top part of the screen, then click “edit profile”. (See Image Below)
    3. LinkedIn URL Settings

    4. Look below your photo and you’ll see your profile’s URL. Click the “edit” link next to it. (See Image Above)
    5. Under “Your public profile URL” on the lower right side of the window, click the “customize your public profile URL” link. (See Image Below)
    6. LinkedIn URL Settings

    7. Enter your preferred URL name in the field. (See Image Below)
    8. LinkedIn URL Settings

    9. Click “Set Custom URL”.
    10. LinkedIn URL Settings

    That’s how you customize your LinkedIn URL. For instance, if you entered “ChaNarula”, your URL will be “http://www.linkedin.com/in/ChaNarula“. LinkedIn URL can only be customized up to three times within six months. If you’ve changed it three times in less than six months, you must wait for the said period to pass before you can change your URL again.

Heartbleed Hitlist: What Password Should You Change

An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being called one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. The bug has affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook — and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) over the past two years.

But it hasn’t always been clear which sites have been affected. Mashable reached out to various companies included on a long list of websites that could potentially have the flaw. Below, we’ve rounded up the responses from some of the most popular social, email, banking and commerce sites on the web.

Some Internet companies that were vulnerable to the bug have already updated their servers with a security patch to fix the issue. This means you’ll need to go in and change your passwords immediately for these sites. Even that is no guarantee that your information wasn’t already compromised, but there’s no indication that hackers knew about the exploit before this week.

Although changing your password regularly is always good practice, if a site or service hasn’t yet patched the problem, your information will still be vulnerable.

We’ll keep updating the list as new information comes in.

Social Networks

Was it affected? Is there a patch? Do you need to change your password? What did they say?
Facebook Unclear Yes Yes “We added protections for Facebook’s implementation of OpenSSL before this issue was publicly disclosed. We haven’t detected any signs of suspicious account activity, but we encourage people to … set up a unique password.”
LinkedIn No No No “We didn’t use the offending implementation of OpenSSL in http://www.linkedin.com or http://www.slideshare.net. As a result, HeartBleed does not present a risk to these web properties.”
Tumblr Yes Yes Yes “We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.”
Twitter Unclear Unclear Unclear Twitter has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Other Companies

Was it affected? Is there a patch? Do you need to change your password? What did they say?
Apple Unclear Unclear Unclear Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Amazon No No No “Amazon.com is not affected.”
Google Yes Yes Yes* “We have assessed the SSL vulnerability and applied patches to key Google services.” Search, Gmail, YouTube, Wallet, Play, Apps and App Engine were affected; Google Chrome and Chrome OS were not.*Google said users do not need to change their passwords, but because of the previous vulnerability, better safe than sorry.
Microsoft No No No Microsoft services were not running OpenSSL, according to LastPass.
Yahoo Yes Yes Yes “As soon as we became aware of the issue, we began working to fix it… and we are working to implement the fix across the rest of our sites right now.” Yahoo Homepage, Yahoo Search, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Food, Yahoo Tech, Flickr and Tumblr were patched. More patches to come, Yahoo says.


Was it affected? Is there a patch? Do you need to change your password? What did they say?
AOL No No No AOL told Mashable it was not running the vulnerable version of the software.
Gmail Yes Yes Yes* “We have assessed the SSL vulnerability and applied patches to key Google services.”*Google said users do not need to change their passwords, but because of the previous vulnerability, better safe than sorry.
Hotmail / Outlook No No No Microsoft services were not running OpenSSL, according to LastPass.
Yahoo Mail Yes Yes Yes “As soon as we became aware of the issue, we began working to fix it… and we are working to implement the fix across the rest of our sites right now.”

Stores and Commerce

Was it affected? Is there a patch? Do you need to change your password? What did they say?
Amazon No No No “Amazon.com is not affected.”
Amazon Web Services(for website operators) Yes Yes Yes Most services were unaffected or Amazon was already able to apply mitigations (see advisory note here). Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon EC2, Amazon Linux AMI, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu, AWS OpsWorks, AWS Elastic Beanstalk and Amazon CloudFront were patched.
Target No No No “[We] launched a comprehensive review of all external facing aspects of Target.com… and do not currently believe that any external-facing aspects of our sites are impacted by the OpenSSL vulnerability.”
eBay Unclear Unclear Unclear “The vast majority of our services were not impacted and our users can continue to shop securely on our marketplace.”
PayPal No No No “Your PayPal account details were not exposed in the past and remain secure.” Full Statement

Banks and Brokerages

Was it affected? Is there a patch? Do you need to change your password? What did they say?
Bank of America No No No “We’re currently taking precautions and steps to protect customer data from this threat and have no reason to believe any customer data has been compromised in the past.”
Chase No No No “These sites don’t use the encryption software that is vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.”
E*Trade No No No E*Trade is still investigating.
Fidelity No No No “We have multiple layers of security in place to protect our customer sites and services.”
PNC No No No “We have tested our online and mobile banking systems and confirmed that they are not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.”
Schwab No No No “Efforts to date have not detected this vulnerability on Schwab.com or any of our online channels.”
Scottrade No No No “Scottrade does not use the affected version of OpenSSL on any of our client-facing platforms.”
TD Ameritrade No No No TD Ameritrade “doesn’t use the versions of openSSL that were vulnerable.”
TD Bank No No No “We’re currently taking precautions and steps to protect customer data from this threat and have no reason to believe any customer data has been compromised in the past.”
U.S. Bank No No No “We do not use OpenSSL for customer-facing, Internet banking channels, so U.S. Bank customer data is NOT at risk.”
Wells Fargo No No No No reason provided.

Government and Taxes

Was it affected? Is there a patch? Do you need to change your password? What did they say?
1040.com No No No “We’re not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, as we do not use OpenSSL.”
FileYour Taxes.com No No No “We continuously patch our servers to keep them updated. However, the version we use was not affected by the issue, so no action was taken.”
H&R Block Unclear No Unclear “We are reviewing our systems and currently have found no risk to client data from this issue.”
Healthcare .gov Unclear Unclear Unclear Healthcare.gov has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Intuit (TurboTax) Yes Yes Yes Turbotax “has examined its systems and has secured TurboTax to protect against the “Heartbleed” bug.” Full Statement
IRS Unclear Unclear Unclear “The IRS continues to accept tax returns as normal … and systems continue operating and are not affected by this bug. We are not aware of any security vulnerabilities related to this situation.”


Was it affected? Is there a patch? Do you need to change your password? What did they say?
Dropbox Yes Yes Yes On Twitter: “We’ve patched all of our user-facing services & will continue to work to make sure your stuff is always safe.”
Evernote Unclear Unclear Unclear Evernote has not yet responded to a request for comment.
LastPass Yes Yes Yes “Though LastPass employs OpenSSL, we have multiple layers of encryption to protect our users and never have access to those encryption keys.”
Netflix Unclear Unclear Unclear “Like many companies, we took immediate action to assess the vulnerability and address it. We are not aware of any customer impact.”
OKCupid Yes Yes Yes “We, like most of the Internet, were stunned that such a serious bug has existed for so long and was so widespread.”
SoundCloud Yes Yes Yes “We will be signing out everyone from their SoundCloud accounts … and when you sign back in, the fixes we’ve already put in place will take effect.”
Spark Networks (JDate, Christian Mingle) No No No Sites do not use OpenSSL.
Wunderlist Yes Yes Yes “You’ll have to simply log back into Wunderlist. We also strongly recommend that you reset your password for Wunderlist.”Full Statement


Facebook removes Cover Photo that are promotional or in violation of copyright

Facebook removing Cover Photos that are deemed as Promotional or in Violation of Copyright

In the past few days, many people have seen their Facebook cover photos disappear without explanation. The issue appears to be a move by Facebook to crack down on images that are considered promotional or in violation of copyright.

I first encountered the issue yesterday when Facebook ostensibly removed a promotional still from a movie that I used as a cover photo. When I attempted to upload another image, I saw this message:

Pick a unique photo from your life to feature at the top of your timeline. Note: This space is not meant for banner ads or other promotions. Please don’t use content that is commercial, promotional, copyright-infringing or already in use on other people’s covers.

Since Mashable published the original article about the incident, several readers have come forward, saying that the same thing happened to them. In addition, three other Mashable staffers reported Facebook removing their cover photos.

When asked if there was some kind of crackdown going on, a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable via email that Facebook’s policies regarding photos and cover photos haven’t changed. Facebook’s terms of service specifies that a cover photo should be a “unique image that represents your Page.”

The exact reason why Facebook removed each cover is still unknown, since users are not informed, only an empty space is left where the photo used to be. It could be due to a copyright violation or that the photo was deemed to “promotional.” Although Facebook removes the photo from the cover position, it doesn’t actually delete the photo itself.

“Facebook is in business to make money,” says Lou Kerner, a former social media analyst and founder of the Social Internet Fund. “The great thing about that is most ways they’re going to make money is by letting people do what they want — as long as it doesn’t break the law. For the most part, if they act in the user’s best interest, they act in their own best interests.”

One of Mashable‘s commenters suggested Facebook was looking to preserve its business model. After all, if brands recruit “ambassadors” by encouraging — or paying — them upload promotional cover photos, that would detract from Facebook’s own tools that are meant to help brands engage with their fans on the service.

Disney, for example, offers fans of its franchises images to download that are specifically formatted for Facebook Timeline. If this is indeed a crackdown, that practice could cease.

“That seems more heavy-handed than Facebook generally acts,” says Kerner. “That sounds very egregious to me in terms of how they want brands and people to interact. I don’t see how Facebook benefits by not allowing a brand’s fans to engage with the brand like that.”

How widespread is the practice? It’s hard to say from the evidence so far, but based on Twitter reactions over the last day, it’s definitely been happening regularly. Although some users say the removed photos were their own, the pattern that seems to be emerging is that the photos are either promotional or violate copyright


Facebook Integrates Dropbox File-Sharing Within Facebook Groups

Add files from Dropbox to Facebook Groups

Facebook announced today a new integration with personal file storage company Dropbox. Now, people can share files to Facebook Groups using Dropbox’s cloud-based storage system.

Dropbox said the new feature will roll out starting Wednesday. Facebook users will know if they have the feature when they click “Add File” on a Facebook Group if they see an option that says “From Your Dropbox.”

If you do have that option, click it, and you’ll be prompted to sign into your Dropbox account. You’ll also be asked permission to link your Dropbox and Facebook accounts.

Once you’ve completed the setup, you’ll be able to upload files straight from Dropbox at “lightning speed,” the cloud storage company said in a news release.

More instructions for setting up the new feature can be found at Dropbox.

Facebook tells us that this does not replace the current ability to upload files from your computer to Groups. This just opens up the ability for people to upload files that they already have stored in the cloud to Groups — as long as they are stored in Dropbox.

It’s a smart move for Facebook to stay totally focused on its core mission of being the social infrastructure of the web. It’s also a big coup for Dropbox, which will now have lucrative exposure to Facebook’s huge user base. It’s my understanding at the moment that there are no plans for Facebook to integrate to other cloud storage services — so this serves as a big testament to how much Facebook is trusting Dropbox’s technology.

The Awesome Awesome Guide to setting up a Google+ Page

The Awesome Awesome Guide to setting up your very own Google+ Page

Step 1: Login to your Google+ Profile using your Gmail or Google ID

Step 2: Go to the Google+ Pages page by clicking on More followed by Pages on the left sidebar via this link


Google+ Business Page


Step 3: Create a Google+ Page by clicking on the  Create new Page  button or via this link


Create a New Business Page on Google+


Step 4: Choose the type of page you will be creating from four major categories

Different types of Business Pages on Google+

Step 5: Add a Catchy Tagline and drop in a Profile photo

Add Profile Photo and TagLine to Google+ Business Page

Step 6: Using your Google+ Page

Once you click the ‘Finish’ button you should see the ‘Getting Started’ page. You can always return to this page by clicking on the Gear Icon on the left side of the page.

Using your Google+ Business Page

Step 7: Creating a Post, from the ‘Getting Started’page you can start posting on your page by clicking on the ‘Post on your page’ button which should take you to a page that looks like this

Creating a Post on Google+

Step 8: Add a Badge to your Site, from the ‘Getting Started’page you can create a cool Google+ Badge and add it to you site. To do so you simply have to click on the ‘Get the badge’ link under the ‘Connect to website section’

Once you click on the link you should see a page similar to the one below, you can use this page to create one of three badges and use the codes to add them to your website

Creating a Google+ Badge to add to your Websites

Step 9: Customize your Settings and Add Managers

You can customize the settings of your page by going to the Google+ Pages page the way you did on Step 2, click on ‘Settings’ and then on the new page you can customize the visibility of your page, set up and limit email notifications for your page activities. You may also Delete the page from the ‘Settings’ page.

Google+ Business Page Settings

To Add/Remove Managers or Transfer Ownership, click on the Manager Tab.

Google+ Business Page Managers

Step 10: Adding Profile Photos and Editing Page Information

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You can also add a phone number, address, website, map and more to your page by clicking on the fields.

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And with that you’re done.


Facebook App Permissions: Spring Cleaning

Facebook App SettingsIt’s not too late to do a little spring cleaning, and even if you’ve already tidied up your home and office, there may be one place you haven’t cleaned up: your Facebook apps and their permissions is one. This is a good time to take a peek and make sure that you actually use all the apps that have permissions to your Facebook account.

Checking on your Facebook app permissions is easy:

  1. Visit Facebook. Click on the drop-down next to your name and select “Privacy Settings.”
  2. Scroll down to “Apps and Websites” and click “Edit Settings.”
  3. Under “Apps You Use,” click “Edit Settings” to get to your application settings.
  4. Click the X next to each old application that you don’t use anymore, or click “edit” to closely examine that app’s permissions to your Facebook account, what the app can do, what data it collects, and more.

Once you’ve finished removing or updating the apps associated with your account, click back to double check the “How People Bring Your Info to Apps They Use” section, and make sure that the apps your friends sign up for and use don’t have access to more information about you than you’d like. Finally, you might considerbypassing social reader apps so everything you read or watch doesn’t show up on your timeline automagically.

Cleaning up Facebook app permissions isn’t something most people do—and even if you’re the type who says “I don’t play Facebook games,” or “I don’t sign up for any of that stuff,” you may still have some web services you’ve connected to Facebook for login purposes or other accounts in there from a long time ago. It’ll only take a few minutes, and your privacy will thank you.