On Friday, September 26, the system hackers team discovered a misconfiguration in the wiki setup. The error, if discovered, would have enabled an unauthorised party to read protected pages and user configurations.

It was possible to read the encrypted password hashes of guest users. Registered Fellows, who log in using their Fellowship password were not affected by this. To all others we recommend changing their wiki password as a precaution.

Proprietary Web Services

A collection of points / links against the multitude of commonly used proprietary web services. Should be accompanied by a short text for each one to send out or used in arguments. We should also offer alternatives, ideally one best alternative to not confuse. Could be merged into Convince Your Friends.

(For free web services, check CloudComputing and Libre Projects. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has more info on telecommunication safety.)

Google

Alternatives

  • Search Seeks uses Google & Bing indexes but prevents them from tracking you, YaCy is a decentralized web of peers

  • Docs EtherPad makes it much easier to collaborate and has a lighter interface

  • Maps OpenStreetMap can be edited wiki-like

  • Reader NewsBlur, read the original page

Facebook

  • prompts you to put in your email address & password, harvests your contacts

  • uses your face for advertising

Alternative

Diaspora, other pods at Diasp.eu & Geraspora

  • distributed
  • not primarily a replacement for Facebook but to consolidate services

  • can be connected to Facebook & Twitter for crossposting

Twitter

Alternative

  • Identi.ca is distributed and can be connected to Twitter for crossposting

Dropbox

Alternative

Further Readings, similar lists