As many of you will be aware I've been experiencing malicious attacks on my FaceBook accounts over the past six months or so, which, by a strange co-incidence, is also the same amount of time I've been creating cartoons about the Coalition government and their horrendous attacks on disabled people.
I've also set up another blog in order to take any heat away from this DAO one, which, thanks to the expert care of my web manager Ken, who also runs my web sites, continues to go from strength to strength. You can find my political blog by clicking here.
The other day I had a message from a disabled colleague advising me that their was now a way to protect your FaceBook account by passing it through FaceBook's new encryption server. Similiar to the system used by on-line banking etc., this is very easy to set up (takes a couple of minutes) and which I thought I would share with you all. I've also had this information verified as authentic by Ken (see above) and also by FaceBook themselves.
By following these simple steps it will stop your FaceBook account being accessed by an unauthorised user (hacker). So here we go:
While on FB, look at your url address. If you see http: instead of https: then you DON'T have a secure session (not encrypted) and you are wide open to people assuming your identity and accessing your account.
To change this, first go to 'Account', which is at the end of the FaceBook blue bar at the top of your page (usually on the right). Click this and then select 'account settings' from the drop down menu. Then scroll down the page that opens to 'account security' and then click on the 'change' option (black printing on the right).
The page will refresh and you'll now have 'hide' instead of 'change' and also two new tick boxes underneath the account security heading. Tick both of these boxes with your mouse and this will change your url to a secure pathway and also trigger an email alert if your account is accessed from another computer.
The final and most importent thing to do next is to click on SAVE (under the ticked boxes).
Your url should now show https://www.facebook.com which means that it will be very difficult for your account to be hacked now as it will be encrypted.
A final point. If you access your FB account by opening it as a 'Favourite' or as a 'Bookmarked' item (Firefox) it might pay to resave it as 'Facebook secure log on' or similiar, and then delete the original listed item. A bit belt and braces I know, but then I've become very twitchy about this!
Incidentally, my new FB page is listed under my name 'Dave Lupton' instead of Crippen so if you lost me as a friend when the original one crashed, please feel free to join me on this new one!
Anyway, I hope this helps. Please feel free to pass the link to this blog on to other friends.
I was recently privileged to see Liz Carr make a brilliant, gutsy speech at the People's Convention on 12th February 2011. She spoke from the heart on behalf of every disabled person facing the uncaring attitude of this government. I'd like to share it with you...
"Thank you … I can only dream of being on the platform. One day … One day we’ll make it" (this was due to the fact that Liz was relegated as a disabled speaker to the area in front of the stage - the stage, as usual being inaccessible!).
"Disabled people make up 20% of the population. That’s a conservative estimate. We are hidden impairments, we are visible, we are old, we are gay, we are lesbian, we are black, we are white, we are all sorts of people, that’s who we are.
But what we are not is… We are not victims. We are not scroungers or frauds. We are not vulnerable or work shy. We are not charity cases or burdens or ‘unsustainables’ or useless eaters. We are fighters, survivors, leaders, comrades, brothers & sisters in arms, campaigners, citizens and equals.
This, like for many of us, is not a new struggle. Our history is littered with disabled people being scapegoated, demonaised, discriminated against and oppressed. It is also a history of disabled people fighting back against this.
From the League of the Blind who unionised in the 19th Century to fight for their rights, to the war veterans who marched on Whitehall for the jobs and respect they were due, to disabled people fighting to escape residential care in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s forming the Union of Physically Impaired Against Segregation, to those of us in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s who chained ourselves to buses to secure equality in public transport and in law … We have been here before.
However, we are faced with a horrific onslaught of attacks from all directions. The cuts that we’re all talking about today, we encounter those cuts too – whether it’s the increase in VAT, privatization of our basic services, of the NHS, of cuts effecting the public sector – we experience them too as disabled people but on top of that we’re having our benefits whipped from us, we’re being assessed by ATOS. People in care homes are having the mobility component of their DLA (Disability Living Allowance) removed. We’re being charged for the basic right to have a wee, our Independent Living Fund money that allows us to be independent within the community is being removed in 4 years time, Incapacity Benefit is being scrapped and replaced by the unforgiving ESA (Employment Support Allowance), on top of that there is hate crime, limits to housing benefit, Access to Work, to transport and if we want to challenge it, to Legal Aid too. That’s fucked as well.
Disabled people are living in fear. We are living in poverty. We are going to be living in the Dark Ages where they decide between the deserving and the undeserving poor. But, we will not let this happen. Because through our history, what we have learnt is that the media, the policy makers and the Government will try to separate us into our different groups. They will try to weaken us. They will try and make us compete against each other for whatever crumbs are on offer, fighting amongst ourselves, individualizing this struggle, dividing us so that they may conquer and change the balance of society in favour of financial capital rather than social capital and equality. That’s what happening. We cannot afford to let this happen.
We are fighting for our lives, for our freedom, for our existence. That’s how important it is to disabled people and for everybody here today. It is about our basic liberty, our basic right to life. We will not be hidden away. We will not be hidden away behind close doors, out of sight out of mind, in our homes or institutions.
We will not settle for charity rather than rights. We will not be forgotten. We will not be silenced. We must mobilise and in doing so not forget those who cannot take to the streets in protest but who can through virtual protesting.
We must politicise. We must educate ourselves and others in what’s happening in our own and wider campaigns. We have to radicalise. This is about revolution not reformation anymore. We must unite. As disabled people, as disabled people and allies, as everyone - we must unite. Together we are stronger. Thank you."