Sunday, 29 January 2012

Teachers warned against 'Facebook friendships' with students

An analysis of disciplinary cases found that more than one in 10 school teachers accused of misconduct last year had used social networking sites and email to forge inappropriate relationships with their pupils.


Facebook, Twitter, online chatrooms and emails were used to befriend children in 43 of the cases brought to the regulator, the General Teaching Council for England in 2011.

Eighteen teachers were given prohibition orders and struck off, while 14 were suspended. In all, the GTC heard 336 cases of "unacceptable professional conduct" last year.

The cases before the professional watchdog represent the tip of the iceberg in terms of inappropriate use of social networking, as the GTC only handles cases where a teacher has been sacked or resigned in circumstances where dismissal was possible.

Transcripts of Facebook messages and Internet chatlogs were used as evidence against the teachers, many of whom had told pupils to keep quiet about the communication.

Seven of the 43 cases in which the Internet was a feature involved emails alone, rather than social media. In three cases, although the teachers were disciplined, the particular allegation about social networking was not proved.
Policies regarding social networking sites differ widely among schools themselves. Some ban teachers from having accounts entirely, while others allow staff to be Facebook 'friends' with pupils.

"I work in a lot of schools all over the country and I see very different approaches to this type of thing - from schools who have actually told teachers that they cannot have a Facebook account, to others who haven't even given it a thought. Similarly, you find schools where staff are friends with pupils on Facebook," the Guardian quoted Karl Hopwood, an Internet safety consultant and former GTC head, as saying.

"My advice to schools is to always have a very clear and robust 'acceptable use' policy which is a living breathing document, not some 25-page tome on the staffroom shelf gathering dust. I think that they also have to have very clear distinctions between public and private," he said.

Facebook too has published advice for teachers on how to curate different profiles for different audiences. It advises teachers on how to use friend lists to sort friends into different groups, and then decide which list to share content with.

"Often the use of social media by teachers can be positive and make a valuable contribution to a teacher's practice, to pupils or to the school," said GTC registrar Paul Heathcote

"Each GTC case is based on its own merits, and only if the use of social media by a teacher is relevant and serious enough to potentially affect a teacher's registration is it likely to progress to a hearing," he said.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Anonymous hacks FTC's OnGuardOnline.gov site,to Oppose Piracy Bill

It was great to see that Anonymous Hackers are also against SOPA bills and they hacked the US Government site to oppose the bill,read the article till end you will be amazed by what Anonymous promises....



Part of its continued protest against online piracy bills, ACTA/PIPA/SOPA, hacker groups Anonymous and AntiSec Ops took down a U.S. government anti-scam website, OnGuardOnline.gov, on Tuesday.

The FTC said yesterday it has taken the site offline, and will keep it that way until they can secure it. The OnGuardOnline.gov website contains information from various U.S. government agencies, such as military and law enforcement.

Anonymous hackers recently took out the DOJ, FBI, Universal Music Group, MPAA, RIAA, and U.S. Copyright office websites, calling it their single biggest strike till date.

Announcing the deed on pastebin, along with links to file dumps, Anonymous hackers said:

If SOPA/PIPA/ACTA passes we will wage a relentless war against the corporate internet, destroying dozens upon dozens of government and company websites. As you are reading this we are amassing our allied armies of darkness, preparing boatloads of stolen booty for our next raid. We are sitting on hundreds of rooted servers getting ready to drop all your mysql dumps and mail spools. Your passwords? Your precious bank accounts? Even your online dating details?! You ain't even trying to step to this.

"So Guys please do comment on what you feel about this action by Anonymous."

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Anonymous threatens to take down Facebook on January 28


I dont know what the hell are these Anonymous Hackers trying to prove,they are in news from past some weeks continuously for doing some notorious things. And now I found that these Notorious Internet hacking group Anonymous has announced its plans to launch an attack on social network Facebook on January 28th.

The hacking group released a YouTube video with a distorted voice announcing its plans.


"An online war has begun between Anonymous, the people and the government of the United States," said the YouTube video's narrator.

According to CBS News, the announcement was made using the YouTube account AnonymousVoice777.
The group's latest threat to take down Facebook isn't the first. Last year, the hacking group vowed to "kill" Facebook on Guy Fawkes Day, which was November 5.

So far, nothing has happened.
According to the report, the hackers are calling for people to help them with the Facebook take-down on Saturday, stating that they wouldn't get in trouble for participating.

Let us see what happens on January 28th, guys what do you think Anonymous would be able to take down Facebook ????

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Bye Bye ANDROID!! Windows 8 Tablet's Coming


Microsoft is all set with windows 8 tablet for a good competition with Android Tablets in the market. 
Microsoft documentation has revealed the hardware certification requirements of Windows 8 tablets, to ensure a consistent quality of experience across devices from different manufacturers. However, documentation also reveals a Secure Boot requirement for ARM-based Windows 8 devices, which limits the user from loading other ARM-compatible operating systems on board.

Hardware requirements for Windows 8 tablets include support for five-point multi-touch and DirectX 10.1, and the presence of five hardware buttons (power, rotation lock, volume up and down, and a Windows Start key), a 1366x768 pixel display, an ambient light sensor, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a magnetometer and a 720p HD video capable camera. Devices with 1024x768 pixel displays are also accepted, however, will not feature OS support for side-by-side app viewing.

According to Within Windows, the blog that reported the findings, no processor or memory requirements were given by Microsoft – however, the Windows 8 Developer Preview’s minimum hardware requirements could be an indication, requiring a 1GHz processor and 1GB to 2GB of RAM for 32-bit and 64-bit systems respectively.

"So will windows 8 Tablet able to get good response from market  and can it replace Android from market ?" 

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Wi-Fi users in India more vulnerable to virus attack


Wi-Fi Attacked

Now a days we have seen several attacks by the Anonymous hacker on several websites and daily their is certain news related to hackers, we must be aware that in India Wi-Fi is most vulnerable to such attacks.


Password Hack


Even Indian computer security analysis firm warns India for such attacks. According to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the virus attacks through Wi-Fi could lead to crashing and even hacking of the secure networks. The firm has discovered that the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) has a design error, which increases risks of virus attacks and may allow attackers to take unauthorised control of the affected system. The error can also help attackers crack and stealthily enter into an encrypted and password protected system.

“The virus is streaming in the Indian Internet networks with a high severity. The combat mechanisms are being deployed,” a computer security analyst with a government agency said. “An unauthenticated, remote attacker within range of the wireless access point could use the PIN (password) to gain unauthorised access to the device to retrieve the password for the wireless network or change the configuration of the device. Failed attempts to exploit the vulnerability could lead to a denial of service condition,” the CERT-In said in its alert to Wi-Fi users.


The agency also pointed out its reports that revealed several WPS devices do not feature any kind of lockout policy for such attack attempts. Users in India mostly use the WPS method to set up a wireless router for home network. The WPS procedure requires a PIN that can be used during the setup phase. Issuing an advisory to the Wi-Fi users, analysts of CERT-In said that users should disable the external registrar feature of the WPS to protect their device from virus attacks.

"So we all must be aware of it and try to make our Wi-Fi connection more secure.Lets see weather we can make our connections secure or we will also come in some news for being hacked by Anonymous hackers or for some virus attack."

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Google+ vs Facebook


Its all about King of Social Network Vs King of Search Engine.




I have seen that Google + is just gaining the users day by day but I dont find any one using it exactly as we use Facebook.Facebook is now a social market where we advertise and also share all kind of news.While talking about Google+ i myself has around a 100 friends in my circle but very often use Google+ for sharing news and other purpose.

But still Paul Allen, a web analyst, has predicted Google+ will have more than 400 million users by the end of the 2012. In contrast, Facebook currently has more than 800 million registered users.The news obviously has to be taken with a pinch of salt, and the fact that there are several conflicting estimates of the current size of Google+, make it all the more so.The Global Web Index recently announced Google+ had more than 150 million active users, while Paul Allen’s most recent estimate holds it to be 62 million users. We last heard of Allen back when Google+ was in invitation-only stages, when he estimated the social networking site had already garnered 10 million registered users. Allen’s estimates are based less on real numbers of registered users, than on statistical derivations.
According to Allen’s figures, 625,000 members are signing in everyday, a number that will only increase as the year goes by, taking into to account that approximately 700,000 Android devices are being activated every day.

Following the current rate, Google+ will hit 100 million users by February 25th, 200 million users by August 3rd, and finally, 293 million users by the end of the year.
Elaborating on his method, Paul Allen said:
"Based on the accelerated growth I'm seeing and all the dials and levers Google can still utilize, and the developer ecosystem that will be developed, I predict that 2012 is going to be a breakout year for Google+ and that it will end next year with more than 400 million users."


“So guys what do you all think that Google+ must have to do to increase its active users, and, can it break the record of Facebook for being the heighest users”


Or 


“Facebook will remain the King of Social Network”
“Please comment”

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Indian Hackers Obtain Norton Antivirus Source Code, Symantec Investigates

Today I was surfing through the net and I found a news which I would like to share with you all.

A group of Indian hackers claim to have obtained the source code for Symantec’s Norton Antivirus.


Symantec is currently investigating and for more details please go to : 


http://news.softpedia.com/news/Hackers-Obtain-Norton-Antivirus-Source-Code-Symantec-Investigates-244803.shtml

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Aakash 2 a.k.a UbiSlate 7 best selling tablet now


Wow!!! what a great response to Aakash Tablet...the tablet is sold out till Feb and preorder for March has been started.. But why because its the cheapest tablet in the World.??

The answer may be yes or no... but it is having good features enough for what it costs.


It was really great to hear that the UbiSlate 7, the upgraded version of the Aakash tablet, is sold out for the month of January and February. DataWind is presently taking pre-orders for the month of March only. The pre-bookings for the UbiSlate 7 were opened last month along with online release of the Aakash tablet. The Aakash tablet, also touted as the world's cheapest tablet PC, was sold out in less than a week after it was launched online.

The UbiSlate 7 a.k.a Aakash 2 is said to be an upgraded version of the original Aakash tablet. The UbiSlate 7 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and is powered by a better Cortex A8 – 700 MHz processor. The tablet has a 3200 mAh battery. For connectivity, the UbiSlate 7 supports Wi-Fi and GPRS. Also, it has SIM and phone functionality. The UbiSlate 7 has been priced at Rs. 2,999. For more details about the UbiSlate 7 read, Skip Aakash and buy the Aakash 2 tablet for Rs. 500 more.So we can say that Aakash tablet can act as a e-book for us as it is cheap and also act as other tablet.

Government is trying to decrease its prices further. Separately, DataWind has reportedly sold 14 lakh units of the Aakash tablet just two weeks after it was put up for sale online. DataWind is also planning to set up three new factories in Cochin, Hyderabad and Noida to cater what it calls as 'unexpected' demand. The online shopping site NCarry.com has also exhausted its stock of 30,000 units of the Aakash tablet. DataWind is likely to start delivery of the Aakash tablet in mid-January.
So let us see how long it can attract the students as well as others.

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