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May 29, 2015

How Facebook can track you if you have your facebook messenger app on

If you're like most, you probably don't want to broadcast your whereabouts at all times. But a lot of social media apps are tracking your location and making it easy for others to do the same. While it's A KNOWN fact that t Facebook's Messenger app uses location data, it's not so well known just how that location data can be used.

 However theres a help at hand new Google Chrome extension called Marauder's Map we now know that you can get some pretty creepy location data from the messaging app The extension, which is named after the magical map from "Harry Potter," basically reveals a person's exact location on a map. t this only works if the person you are messaging has location data for the app turned on.

If someone you are messaging has their location data turned on, you can also see almost exactly where they are located by simply clicking on the icon next to the time you sent the message..

April 29, 2014

The Biggest Challenger to Internet Economy" is not Government but" Data Vulnerability

Online Giant Target   announced that credit and debit card information for 40 million of its customers had been compromised.  In January, Nieman Marcus reported the theft of 1.1 million credit and debit cards by hackers who had invaded its systems with malware 

The latest findings from the Pew Research Center suggest that Americans are concerned about online security and a quite a few believe that they had important personal information stolen and many have had an account compromised. 

Findings from a January 2014 survey show that 18% of online adults have had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information. 

That’s an increase from the 11% who reported personal information theft in July 2013. 21% of online adults said they had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over without their permission.The same number reported this experience in a July 2013 survey. 

 The recently discovered Heartbleed security flaw is the latest in a long string  data vulnerability and breach of " online users privacy"

The Heartbleed  bug starts  affecting a widely-used encryption technology ,intended to protect online transactions and accounts, went undetected for more than two years. Security researchers are unsure whether or not hackers have been exploiting the problem, but the scope of the problem is estimated to affect up to 66% of active sites on the Internet.

The extent  to which " the online economy"  is being targeted , specially those  dealing in   online shopping  transaction and ecommerce gateways   has seen a rapid increases

Online Giant Target   announced that credit and debit card information for 40 million of its customers had been compromised.  In January, Nieman Marcus reported the theft of 1.1 million credit and debit cards by hackers who had invaded its systems with malware

October 16, 2011

How Privacy Concerns Can Close Down Facebook

ddramaFacebook Failures [ Facebook Infographic ]
© 2011 WordStream, Inc.

In some ways, this infographic, designed by SEO marketer WordStream, comes across as a bit of dramatic and rather prematurely  harsh.However this infographic needs to be seen in the light of parivacy issue controversy, rather than The " End of  Facebook.

Silicon Valley celebrates success, but it generally does not excoriate failures. Google exemplifies this, launching Google Buzz and Google Wave, then winding each down when they failed . Facebook  too has had its share of its controversies  of Controversies and wrong timing.

As PCMag  is dead right when its sayThat th difference between Google and Facebook  is that  Google rarely fails to execute in its core business, search and advertising. If Google does fail, it often does so in expanding away from search, like Social Media, rather than radically revamping it"

Facebook, which has remained focused on its social network and graph, fails more spectacularly, often irritating quite literally millions of people, which still make up a small percentage of its nearly 800 million users. But both companies have been taken to task on matters of privacy, because of the extensive reach of both companies. And, of course, some interpretations are subjective: many saw Facebook's recent Timeline upgrade and Ticker as positives.

June 23, 2011

Smartphone and Privacy : Infographic

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 How Smartphone users stores Data infographic by Look Out

Online and  Mobile privacy  has been a hot topic lately, and has been debated across
both mainstream print media, Blogs and has been  across  everywhere where you managed to look . But does the companies and the people who matter really care ? You can't download an app these days without it asking for your location--and not just on check-in services like Foursquare and Gowalla. Google Maps, Instagram, Twitter, Square, MenuPages, Shazam--they all want to know exactly where you are whenever you're using the app. 

The Recent news that showed how  detailed location data is being collected by iPhones, and logged in an easily accessible file on the computer the device syncs with,  had spread like wildfire.The fact is that the Giant Tech Companies incuding Apple, Google, and Microsoft are able to retrieve data about our activities and whereabouts  anywhere  is something all users should be concerned about.

According to a report out today by Nielsen, a whopping 59% of females and 52% of males have privacy concerns when it comes to location-based services. Even more telling? Just 8% of females and 12% of males have no concerns about these apps, a surprisingly low figure given the popularity of check-in services.