Facebook rolling out https secure browsing site wide and testing instant photo upload for iOS 6 users

Facebook users may see two new features rolling out in the near future. One adds much needed security while the other may potentially be a threat to your privacy.

Facebook users may see two new features rolling out in the near future. One adds much needed security while the other may potentially be a threat to your privacy.

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HTTPS browsing has been an opt in feature for Facebook users since early 2011 when Firesheep was released into the wild and it only worked on some parts of the site. Soon, North American Facebook users will have HTTPS browsing turned on as a default with the option to turn it off for those who want to see a slight performance boost. With HTTPS browsing enabled, the traffic is encrypted on the client prior to transmission over Wi-Fi thus preventing someone snooping on the Wi-Fi signal from seeing the data. It’s standard for all financial sites and has been standard on Gmail for years. Facebook faced many technical challenges in implementing this technology for it’s nearly 1 billion users but they managed to adjust their load balancing techniques to allow secure browsing with minimal performance degradation. Continue reading “Facebook rolling out https secure browsing site wide and testing instant photo upload for iOS 6 users”

Canadian photographers will now own copyrights to all their commissioned works

Canadian photographers can now rejoice and share some of the same rights enjoyed by their Southern neighbors. As of November 7, 2012, the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11) gives photographers the same rights as other creators.

Canadian photographers can now rejoice and share some of the same rights enjoyed by their Southern neighbors. As of November 7, 2012, the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11) gives photographers the same rights as other creators. Prior to this change, photographers were not the first copyright holder for works commissioned and paid for by another party unless a contract assigned those right back to the photographer explicitly. This exception made Canada different from how copyright is handled in the United States and other countries who abide by the Berne Convention. Continue reading “Canadian photographers will now own copyrights to all their commissioned works”