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The 14th of May was another troublesome day for Facebook and its companies. It was revealed (and also announced by Facebook themselves) that a security flaw in the app’s software allowed attackers to bypass WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption and secretly install spyware onto users’ devices. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a “select number” of users and was orchestrated by “an advanced cyber-actor”. They add: “WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices, the company said in a statement. What to do? Facebook did advise all its users to simply uninstall the app and re-install it or update to the latest version, claiming most users had already done so. The breach arose from the fact that the software suffers from a “buffer…

As popular and useful as social media can be for users, it also has to have a purpose for businesses in terms of an ROI on the hours spent, content created and interaction generated.  Social media listening, or if you wish, the process of using a tool or software to monitor online mentions of a brand, click-throughs, results, interaction and many other actions , gives companies access to that data. Nonetheless, this is not always that easy and comprehension of the reports or data can be tricky. We have hence decided to create a short but informative infographic with 6 of the most useful and robust social media monitoring tools to bring you real-time insights on your customers, market, and competition Do you think we have added the best ones? Is there a company or software you use that you believe should be added to the list? Comment below or…

Where you one of the few that made use of Facebook moments? Did you find the app interesting and use it to share your photos on various networks? It sounds like your luck is unfortunately out as Facebook has announced on a CNET interview that it’s shutting down the Moments app on February 25th, partly because there weren’t enough people using it. What was Moments? It was developed as “a private way to give photos to friends and get the photos you didn’t take”. Moments was a quick, easy way to gather the photos you and friends take together. With Moments, you could give your photos to friends, get their photos, and keep them all in a single private place. Nonetheless, amid competition from many other apps, its developers ambition was never realised and it never really took off in the way it perhaps could have.  In fact, it appears most people didn’t even know…

Yet again, hackers strike with another scam, this time it being Sextortion as American media originally reported it a few months ago and it now seems to have also hit the UK and other countries worldwide. So let’s take it from the start and explain what Sextortion actually is which also now has a definition to it on Wikipedia. Sextortion is a form of sexual exploitation that employs non-physical forms of coercion to extort sexual favors from the victim. Sextortion refers to the broad category of sexual exploitation in which abuse of power is the means of coercion, as well as to the category of sexual exploitation in which threatened release of sexual images or information is the means of coercion. Sextortion is an online crime that combines sex and extortion – the hackers/criminals claim to have hacked your devices and that they are in possessions of pictures or videos of yours in personal moments…

In some interesting news last month, latest research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has demonstrated that ‘blind spots’ in the artificial intelligence (AI) of self-driving cars could be adjusted and redressed using input from humans. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology team in collaboration with Microsoft, developed an ingenious model where AI learns any changes in behaviour it needs to make as it observes the human under the scenario. In order for this to be achieved, they make sure the AI system is put through simulation training before putting a human through the same scenario in the real world hence allowing it to pick up on visual and reactive signals by humans to accordingly amend its behaviour in similar circumstances. So far, the system has only been tested in video games but nonetheless study author (and  graduate student in MIT’s computer science and artificial intelligence lab) Ramya Ramakrishnan, said:…

Its been another great year for CFM Group, we also marked our 6 year anniversary in the industry. Other than our usual social media and consultancy work for our long established clients ,we have also had a new member join our team as a web designer, Josh and also acquired some highly reputable new clients. In addition, we have also designed over 15 new websites this month which can all be seen in our portfolio and were also awarded SOCIAL MEDIA AGENCY OF THE YEAR by Bark, the 1st agency to receive such an award! From everyone at CFM Group, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you are looking for a UK based outsourced marketing agency to represent your company or need help in developing and delivering your marketing strategy, please get in touch at nick@cfmgroup.co.uk or call 01223 321944! I’d…

2018 is almost over and as we are rapidly approaching Xmas, we thought we’d create a brief infographic on some of the trends we have seen in 2018! Have a look at our infographic below and tell us what you think! As per our infographic above, it is notable that they key points are: Rise of augmented reality. Increasing popularity of Instagram Stories. Continued investment in influencer marketing. Focus on Generation Z. Increasing brand participation in messaging platforms. Expansion of live streaming. Rethinking Twitter. Digital hangouts go mainstream. Facebook Spaces goes mainstream. Social platforms embrace stronger governance policies. I’d love to hear your view so do not hesitate to contact me, subscribe to this blog for free, click here to arrange a FREE Consultancy meeting, send me an email at Nick@CFMGroup.co.uk or Follow me below on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

Facebook Messenger’s “unsend” button may finally be a reality very soon as it seems to have already appeared in many messenger accounts of users worldwide. In April, news came out that Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook messages were deleted from recipients’ inboxes in what many saw as a violation of user trust and abuse of power since Facebook  Messenger doesn’t have an Unsend button for its users. This swiftly prompted Facebook, to release a statement announcing that it would actually be building an UNSEND functionality for all users in the near future and the time seems to be nearer than ever. Facebook users were already able to delete messages in a chat, but those deletions would only be for their end and would not delete the message from the recipient’s inbox. In addition, an Unsend button did already exist but this was under a timer expiration and for specific secret conversations only. Facebook-owned Instagram already has an “unsend”…

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ePrivacy Directive (ePR) affect how you as a website owner must obtain and store cookie consents from your visitors from the EU. The GDPR is a regulation that is enforced from 25 May 2018. It affects all websites located in the European Union, and websites that have EU citizens as users. Next in line is the ePrivacy Regulation, which is currently in process in the EU, and which is expected to be finalized in 2019. The ePrivacy Regulation will have much of the same scope as the GDPR, and will stipulate requirements aimed specifically to protect the privacy of electronic communications. Why do I need cookie consent on my website? Cookies of both first and third party provenance on websites track users in different ways. For example the IP address, or merely the actions and behavior of users on the site and from site…