Huge new Facebook Data Leak Exposed Intimate Details of 3 Million Users

As if Facebook didn’t already have huge security and privacy problems, still another privacy breach has occurred. Academics at the University of Cambridge distributed the data from the personality quiz app myPersonality to hundreds of researchers via a website with insufficient security provisions, which led to it being left vulnerable to access for four years! Gaining access illicitly was relatively easy.

You can read more at: http://bit.ly/2L70yRu.

9 Alternatives to Whatsapp that Actually Respect Your Privacy

According to an article in the MakeTechEasier web site:

“When social media giant Facebook purchased everyone’s favorite mobile messenger Whatsapp, users were promised their data would be private and that they wouldn’t be subject to the shady things that Mark Zuckerberg and crew are known for. That promise is all but gone, leaving many of us seeking alternatives.

“As time has gone on, more and more privacy has been taken away from Whatsapp users in the name of “analytical data.” Gone are the days when you could trust this app to be totally private and not expect to get data mined for valuable information – information that could easily be sold to advertisers.

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Facebook Sued (Again!) Over Collection of Mobile Call and Text Data

Do you know what data Facebook is steali… uh, collecting from your Android cellphone? Probably not. It seems that Facebook never told you what data it collects. It is collecting a lot more data about you than you know.

A new lawsuit seeks to hold Facebook liable for allegedly violating the privacy of all Android users who installed a Facebook app while the data collection occurred. Facebook reportedly collects metadata about calls and texts such as the recipients of text messages, and the time and duration of phone calls. What’s worse, Facebook never told you or anyone else about the collection of the personal information.

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Facebook: What It Knows About You and How It Tracks You

Do you still think your usage of Facebook is “not a problem” for you? Read the article at http://bit.ly/2jQYUqM and then re-consider your opinion.

Here are a few short excerpts from the article:

“Facebook is very good at collecting data about people, whether you have a Facebook account or not. They are also able to track you across the internet.”

“When you’re on Facebook, everything you do is monitored and recorded and stored somewhere. This includes private messages and URL’s shared through Messenger. This allows them to amass a tremendous amount of data about anyone who has a Facebook account. In addition, Facebook compiles detailed dossiers on users, including user data they obtain from commercial data brokers.”

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Equifax Hack was Even Worse than Previous Estimates

“The 2017 hack of Equifax, already among the largest ever recorded, just got bigger. Well, they’re admitting that it was bigger than they had previously, which amounts to the same thing. Documents filed with the SEC reveal that more people, more IDs, and more info in general was stolen when the company utterly failed to protect its ‘users,’ many of which didn’t even know they were in the database.

“The company revealed various numbers around the time it disclosed the hack, though one it neglected to include was how many millions of dollars in stock were sold by executives before publicly disclosing it.”

You can read more in an article by Devin Coldewey in the TechCrunch web site at: https://tcrn.ch/2K3MnLO.

Why Everyone Should Use Tor or a VPN

An interesting read for… well, everyone. Or at least everyone who uses a computer or a cell phone.

“The recent Facebook scandal has alarmed many because of its clear privacy intrusion. However, only a few are concerned about the constant privacy intrusion by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). ISPs probably know more about you than you yourself. They can monitor and log every website you ever visited and sell this data to advertisers. Stop the privacy intrusion by ISPs such as Comcast and Verizon. Try a VPN such as Private Internet Access or Tor when going online.”

You can read much more in the Tutanota Blog at: http://bit.ly/2rtkrZM.