The Cambridge Analytica scandal exposed what wasn’t really a secret, that Facebook is harvesting a lot of user data and that the data is shared with others. The privacy breach revealed that Facebook wasn’t doing enough to protect your privacy and that developers like Cambridge Analytica could take your data and your Facebook friends’ data and use it for whatever they wanted. Since these revelations, Facebook has been trying to convince everyone that it can be trusted, that it will take measures to stop these practices, that your privacy matters to the company. But while it was performing this massive PR campaign, a different quiz app that had as many as 120 million users left their data exposed for others to see. Facebook was warned about it and needed many weeks to address and fix it properly. Don't Miss: You know the AirPods rivals everyone loves? They’re somehow only $18.79 right now There’s no telling exactly how many people have used the quiz app in … [Read more...] about Quiz app exposed the data from 120M users while Facebook was telling the world it can be trusted
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Thousands of parental and child accounts on TeenSafe, a teen device-monitoring app, have had their information compromised, according to a report by ZDNet. At least one of the app’s servers, which are hosted by Amazon’s cloud service, was accessible by anyone without a password, giving them entry to highly personal data including Apple IDs. The data, including passwords and user IDs, were reportedly stored in plaintext, even though TeenSafe claims on its website that it uses encryption to protect user data. The TeenSafe app allows parents access to their children’s web browser history, text messages (including deleted SMS and iMessages and messages on WhatsApp and Kik), call logs, device location, and lets them observe which third-party apps have been installed. ZDNet notes that UK security researcher Robert Wiggins found two servers had been undermined, though one only appears to host test data. “We have taken action to close one of our servers to the public … [Read more...] about Teen-monitoring app TeenSafe leaks thousands of user IDs and passwords
Facebook is currently facing hard questions about how it handles user information, but most of the discussion has focused on the social network itself. Facebook owns plenty of other apps and services — including the Oculus virtual reality platform, which (like all VR platforms) collects incredibly detailed information about where users are looking and how they’re moving. VR headsets have a clear potential for surveillance and data harvesting, and Facebook has a bad track record regarding protecting privacy. So what exactly is the link between Oculus and Facebook as far as user privacy is concerned? A VR platform like Oculus offers lots of data points that could be turned into a detailed user profile. Facebook already records a “heatmap” of viewer data for 360-degree videos, for instance, flagging which parts of a video people find most interesting. If it decided to track VR users at a more detailed level, it could do something like track overall movement … [Read more...] about Facebook data concerns spread to Oculus and VR
Facebook has always had a real names policy, where you agree that your profile name is “the name [you] go by in everyday life.” Obviously, you can type in a fake name, and you may get away with it for a while. But it isn’t allowed, and it can cause you trouble. Facebook’s Real Name Policy The entire foundation of Facebook is that it’s a site where real people interact with each other without hiding behind anonymous usernames and blank avatars. It’s why, despite Facebook’s many problems, they’ve never had the same level of abuse and trolling that Twitter and Reddit get. People still fight and argue about anything and everything, but at least they know that it’s their racist uncle they’re fighting with, and not SpottyTeenager64. Facebook’s real name policy is a big part of the reason they have a successful and profitable advertising business, while Twitter and Reddit struggle. Advertisers want to be able to target real … [Read more...] about Can You Use a Fake Name On Facebook?
There are plenty of browser extensions, apps, and websites that claim to be able to tell you which of your Facebook Friends have recently visited your profile, and how much time they spent there. Unfortunately, none of these extensions or apps do what they claim. These Browser Extensions Can’t Do What They Claim You will not get what you want by installing one of these extensions. At best, they just don’t work, and at worst, they’re malware, stealing your information, mining Bitcoins using your browser, or otherwise doing something nefarious. Sure, it may look legit, and it even has over 3,000 reviews and a decent average rating! But if you read the actual reviews, you’ll see an awful lot like this: RELATED: Browser Extensions Are a Privacy Nightmare: Stop Using So Many of Them It’s a natural instinct to wonder who’s been visiting your Facebook Profile (has that cute Canadian boy you work with checked through your photos!?) but you should absolutely … [Read more...] about Is There a Way to See Who Has Viewed Your Facebook Profile?