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Facebook is suggesting mobile users ‘Protect’ themselves…by downloading a Facebook-owned app that tracks their mobile usage

Posted on February 13th, 2018 at 17:15 by John Sinteur in category: News



Facebook is now offering some mobile app users a wireless-networking app without first disclosing that it’s owned by Facebook, or that it collects information for the social networking company.

The app, Onavo Protect, provides users with a virtual private network, or VPN. Typically, a VPN cloaks the user’s identity and adds other security features, making it a more secure way to get online, particularly when using public Wi-Fi networks.

Yet the Onavo app also tracks data that it shares with Facebook and others, “including the applications installed on your device, your use of those applications, the websites you visit and the amount of data you use,” according to its own privacy policies.

Facebook can use that data to track what users do online even when they’re not on one of its websites. The company could also find out how apps made by its rivals, such as Snap and Twitter, are being used.

Facebook, which bought the Israeli security company in 2013, now points to its software in a tab in its mobile app marked “Protect.”

This is almost as funny as that time Facebook told people to upload their naked pics to make sure they wouldn’t appear online….

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  1. What is really funny is the ‘smartphone’ is one the best pieces of spyware out there. It is also a great attack vector for malware. I was chatting about this with anti-malware company exec last night and he admitted the difficulty in securing phones. The ugly truth is there is no discernible line between malware and valid apts. And people bank on these devices!