Don’t want the entire Facebook-using and -abusing population to see your friends list?
You can always change the setting to private - a setting labeled, for some strange reason, “only me”, chosen in response to the “who can see your friends list?” setting.
Fat lot of good it will do you, though.
Irene Abezgauz, a vice president of product management at the security software company Quotium, has discovered a way for any casual visitor, stranger, stalker or troll to see friend lists that their users have set to be private, and that includes any friends who’ve also set their lists to be private.
In light of accusations that its Smart TVs were sending private data to its servers, LG has admitted that some of its sets are behaving in ways they shouldn’t be. In a statement, the Korean manufacturer conceded that it has been collecting channel, TV platform and broadcast source data from some units, even when the feature was switched off. However, the company said that when the feature operates normally, it helps provide viewing recommendations to other LG Smart TV owners based on what they are watching. In response to claims it was also beaming over names of files located on connected USB keys, LG admits that it actually forms part of an upcoming service that searches the internet for detailed information on a particular film or TV show.
For the paranoid among us geeks and gamers alike, of which I am one of both, did it ever bother you that the Xbox Kinect always has it’s ‘eye’ on you? That it just might still be connected even if powered down or while you’re playing regular games? Or that it might even screen you and capture personal details like your height, body mass, clothing styles etc. and send it Microsoft who might sell it to the various annoying companies that will call and try to sell you stuff? It has bothered me and even though I could place something in front of the camera lens or like one site said, stick a pot-it note.
Adblock Plus already blocks all Facebook ads, including sponsored stories, page post ads, standard ads, promoted posts, and so on. Starting today however, the service is taking its blocking powers even further.
Adblock Plus now lets you remove “other unneeded, potentially unwanted elements” in Facebook News Feed and sidebar. The company itself admits that this goes above and beyond its usual feature set: “They are not advertisements. Rather, this material is actually from Facebook, and it is served to you based upon the information Facebook receives from your profile and activities.”
Contrary to public claims, Apple employees can read communications sent with its iMessage service, according to researchers who have reverse engineered it.
The finding, delivered Thursday at a Hack in the Box presentation titled How Apple Can Read Your iMessages and How You Can Prevent It, largely echoes the conclusion Ars reached in June. It contrasts sharply with assurances that Apple gave following revelations of an expansive surveillance program by the National Security Agency. iMessage conversations, Apple said at the time, “are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them.” It added: “Apple cannot decrypt that data.”
Researchers from QuarksLab who delivered Thursday’s talk, begged to differ.
"Apple’s claim that they can’t read end-to-end encrypted iMessage[s] is definitely not true," researchers from QuarksLab wrote in a white paper summarizing their findings. "As everyone suspected: yes they can!"
Facebook is facing another backlash from users and privacy campaigners after announcing it is once again changing its privacy settings.
Up until now Facebook let people hide their profiles in search results using the ‘Who can look up your timeline by name?’ setting, but the social networking site is retiring this feature with almost immediate effect.
The option was removed from the accounts of people who hadn’t enabled it last year, and Facebook has announced it is removing the feature from everyone else’s accounts starting from now.
Sean Walsh, head of social media and content for Blue Claw told MailOnline: ‘In a world where privacy is significant issue for many users, this is a massive step backwards for Facebook and may contribute to even more users quitting the site.’
Two years ago, Google launched its own version of Facebook, a social network dubbed Google+ that claimed it would fix the “broken” and “awkward” state of sharing online. Along with breathless descriptions of everything Google+ could do for us, there was a brief hint at what we could, in turn, do for Google+: “We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships and your interests,” the company wrote at the time.
Finally, we know what Google had in mind: It’ll be sticking us in its ads.
Google announced Friday that it will begin featuring users’ photos, names and comments in the promotions it serves up online, both on Google properties and on the more than 2 million sites that tap into its advertising network.
Ratings, reviews, relationships, comments, posts and other information taken from our activity on Google’s websites, such as Google+ and YouTube, will be repurposed and served up in these new so-called “shared endorsements.” For example, if you review Candy Crush or “+1” a steakhouse on Google+ (the equivalent of a Facebook “like”), your friends might see your picture and name show up alongside ads for that app or restaurant.
As of yesterday, Facebook Graph Search has officially opened its big, omniscient arms to every last check-in, status update, note, and comment you’ve ever posted throughout your entire Facebook career. Which, yes, sounds pretty terrifying, but don’t worry—we’re here to help you cover your tracks.
Thankfully, Facebook has given us the tools we need to (mostly) take control of our privacy moving forward. Here’s what you need to know.