It’s important to know how to protect privacy on Facebook. The process of doing this can at times be confusing. Check the settings in place at regular intervals. Facebook gives two easy ways to maintain privacy. Both ways will provide the desired results. Continue reading “How to Change Facebook Privacy Settings”
To be frank, these quizzes cannot predict the name of your future spouse. How is that even possible? But, you have Facebook friends who do these quizzes. While it is enjoyable to do quizzes, Facebook wants to access your personal data first. Continue reading “Facebook Quizzes – Can They Predict the Name of a Spouse You Haven’t met?”
Hackers target Facebook, due to the increasing number of Facebook users all over the world. In terms of information, this is one of the best sites to target for acquiring the details that hackers need. Continue reading “Hacked Facebook Accounts: Checking and Recovering”
North Korea has done it again and now the restrictions applied to the citizens have become really hard. When it comes to the web, North Korea is no stranger to limitations and heavy censorship. But now things have changed for the worse. Continue reading “North Korea Has Blocked Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Websites from South Korea”
As of late the Facebook-claimed informing application dropped its $1 yearly membership membership expense to make WhatsApp Free for Lifetime.
WhatsApp has arrangements to present another element that would permit its clients to coordinate their Facebook accounts with the most generally utilized app for messaging. Continue reading “Personal details of users to be shared with Facebook by Whatsapp”
Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, … the most prominent services in the field of instant messaging aren’t as a matter of course the most secure, with lower level of assurance for individual data and an absence of the security for messages sent/receive via them. As a result of this, it’s feasible for said data to fall under the control of other people who might have malignant plan. Continue reading “Want to Chat Anonymously? Try Tor Messenger”
Hackers backed by governments who have an inclination to go looking into users’ accounts, except their very own, will get under sensor of the Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer now, state reports. The organization said that their warnings provide victims particular guidelines to guarantee that their records and gadgets are secure. Continue reading “State sponsored hacking attacks alerts, Yahoo joins FB and Google”
Facebook is an awesome utility in case one need to stay in contact with loved ones, offer photographs, and see what other individuals are up to in their lives. It’s free, obviously, yet that doesn’t mean it comes without a cost. Here is the write-up by which you can see who is spying you on Facebook and escape from them. Continue reading “Know who is spying you on your Facebook and block them”
Web security experts reported that the security flaw in the API of FB allows anyone to harvest personal data of any user by making use of the user’s phone number stored on Facebook. This security failure has left billions of FB user’s personal data unsecured.
Attn: Facebook has your personal data stored.
FB the social app giant has had gone viral in the last decade and now it has 1.49 Billion active users worldwide. A study indicates that every person who has a smart mobile with FB installed on it spends 1/5th of all the day with mobile and most of the time is spent on FB. Users may have such type of personal data stored at FB, which they do not want to be revealed by someone else, which may include cell number, friend list, pictures, updates and much more.
Any user profile can be viewed by any person who knows or guess the profile phone number.
Yes, that’s right. The security failure lead by FaceBook API let any person to view any user’s profile details which are set to public view. FB stores the mobile number used by the user to log in or to upload pictures directly from mobile phones. If someone knows or guess the users mobile number, put the number in FB API can gain access to the victim’s personal data set to publicly viewable. He further reported “Hackers could decrypt and sniff out Facebook user IDs using one of FB’s API in bulk”
After discovering and researching the issue Reza Moaiandin, Director of Salt Agency, states that when he discovered this security flaw he was not even searching for FB’s security flaws. In a technology blog he stated “The most worrying aspect of discovering this issue is that it happened entirely by mistake.”
His research shows that through the use of mobile number combinations and trial and error method, the API can allow hackers to gain access to the profiles having the mobile number stored. To make this sure Reza developed a script that makes mobile number combinations by given formula and harvest the information linked to the profile associated with the generated mobile numbers.
Reza further reported that “Unfortunately, for the 1.4 Billion people currently using Facebook, this that sophisticated hackers and black market sellers can access names and mobile phone numbers in as little as an hour through reverse engineering – at a time when an entire identity can be sold for as little as $5.”
Do the Facebook security engineers know this flaw?
Yes, Reza Moaiandin reported this issue to the attention of concerned security engineers, but they refuse to materialize this issue as they failed to reproduce the effect. He again and again contacted and provides them with all requested details, but the flaw remains in its same position.
One of the Facebook’s spokesperson said “THE PRIVACY OF PEOPLE WHO USE FACEBOOK IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO US. WE HAVE INDUSTRY-LEADING PROPRIETARY NETWORK MONITORING TOOLS CONSTANTLY RUNNING IN ORDER TO ENSURE DATA SECURITY AND HAVE STRICT RULES THAT GOVERN HOW DEVELOPERS ARE ABLE TO USE OUR APIS TO BUILD THEIR PRODUCTS. DEVELOPERS ARE ONLY ABLE TO ACCESS INFORMATION THAT PEOPLE HAVE CHOSEN TO MAKE PUBLIC.”
“EVERYONE WHO USES FACEBOOK HAS CONTROL OF THE INFORMATION THEY SHARE, THIS INCLUDES THE INFORMATION PEOPLE INCLUDE WITHIN THEIR PROFILE, AND WHO CAN SEE THIS INFORMATION. OUR PRIVACY BASICS TOOL HAS A SERIES OF HELPFUL GUIDES THAT EXPLAIN HOW PEOPLE CAN QUICKLY AND EASILY DECIDE WHAT INFORMATION THEY SHARE AND WHO THEY SHARE IT WITH.”
What’s the solution?
The privacy of private data at FB can be made more secur by following the simple tips below:
Set all information provided on Facebook to view by friends only.
Share the posts, pictures and other data by using the option “Share with friends only”.
Try not to attach or link your profile with your mobile number.
By following the tips above, risk of data hijacking may be reduced to some extent but, saving personal and private data online is itself inherently risky.
As you may have already realized, not all people use Facebook for socializing as there is a category of people on Facebook who use it for spying on the daily life of other users. With the increasing popularity of Facebook, there are many details that can emerge while spying on others. Even though this is frowned upon, it is really important that we know a lot about the tactics that such people use – in avoidance of negative consequences. Continue reading “How people use Facebook for spying on others”