Facebook Location Tracking Friends Recommendations

Facebook says it’s not using location data to suggest friends, even after admitting it was

June 29th at 2:59 PM

Facebook says it’s not using location data to suggest friends, even after admitting it was

OK Facebook, you really need to make up your mind about what you say in public. And it would probably be a lot easier if you didn’t sneak certain features past your customers. The social network recently admitted to using smartphone location data to recommend friends to people, after someone discovered a recommendation that had no other reasonable explanation than the harvest and use of location data.

But now, Facebook says that’s not what it’s doing at all. More →

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Facebook is tracking your phone’s location to recommend friends

June 28th at 6:50 AM

Facebook is tracking your phone’s location to recommend friends

You know who doesn’t like to be spied? Mark Zuckerberg. That’s probably why he covers with tape both the camera and microphone of his Mac. Ironically, though, Facebook does some spying of its own. A new report shows that the giant social network is tracking your phone’s location to suggest friends based on where you’re going. Before you get too paranoid about it, you should know it only tracks your location if it has the permission to do so. You can prevent it from ever happening again by simply going to the settings app on the iPhone or Android device that you’re using. More →

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Tale of the tape: Why Mark Zuckerberg is smart to cover his webcam

June 23rd at 7:00 PM

Tale of the tape: Why Mark Zuckerberg is smart to cover his webcam

Webcam security was thrust into the spotlight this week when a photo of Mark Zuckerberg appeared to show the camera and microphone on his MacBook covered with tape.

The photo, which was posted on Facebook to celebrate Instagram hitting 500 million followers, sparked plenty of interest. While some worried about the broader effectiveness of Facebook’s security, many see the tape as a shrewd defense against potential hackers. More →

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Netflix Facebook Password Change

Netflix and Facebook were not hacked, but you should still change your passwords

June 8th at 6:50 AM

Netflix and Facebook were not hacked, but you should still change your passwords

Netflix and Facebook have not been hacked, but you should still change your passwords right away. The two companies are already prompting certain users to change their passwords in light of the recently revealed LinkedIn, Tumblr, and MySpace hacks. And if you like to recycle your credentials across internet services, you should consider changing the passwords for these services as soon as possible. In fact, you should try to come up with unique passwords for every internet service you use, rather than using the same ones over and over. More →

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Facebook is planning for life after Zuckerberg

June 3rd at 6:05 PM

Facebook is planning for life after Zuckerberg

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most influential people in tech – remember how the crowd went nuts when he stole Samsung’s Galaxy S7 show a few months ago? – but he’s not going to be in charge of the most popular social network on Earth. And when he does step down from day-to-day management operations, he shouldn’t be able to dictate the future of the company. At least, that’s what Facebook’s board thinks.

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Facebook Messenger Android App

Facebook might force you to install Messenger on Android

June 3rd at 7:15 AM

Facebook might force you to install Messenger on Android

One of the best thing you can do for your smartphone is to remove the Facebook app, and instead, use it in a browser. The advantages are multiple: it saves you storage space, it can save battery life, and it should prevent you from wasting precious time on Facebook when you shouldn’t be on Facebook. You can even remove the standalone Messenger app, and do all your Facebook chatting from the browser version of the app. But Facebook is about to make a major change to its mobile site, and potentially force you to install one extra app on your device.

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How to stop Facebook from using your iPhone or Android to listen to everything you say

June 1st at 3:40 PM

How to stop Facebook from using your iPhone or Android to listen to everything you say

Yes, Facebook is listening in on the conversations you have when your phone is nearby and the app is open. It’s not for advertising purposes, the company claims. Instead, it simply wants to help you post easier and faster, about the kind of content you might be consuming, as Facebook is hunting for the background noise to identify TV shows or music.

Can it be stopped? Yes, it can. You can restrict Facebook’s access to the iPhone or Android device’s microphone in order to limit its reach. More →

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Facebook Messenger Allo Encryption

Facebook might start encrypting all your chats

May 31st at 8:50 PM

Facebook might start encrypting all your chats

Facebook Messenger, a chat service that has more than 900 million users, is going to get end-to-end encryption later this year, a new report. However, it’s not the kind of end-to-end encryption available on iMessage or WhatsApp, where all chats are fully encrypted by default. Instead, Facebook will make the privacy-enhancing feature an opt-in, taking a page out of Google’s Allo smart chat product. More →

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