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Articles tagged with: privacy

Facebook Offering Bounty For Every Bug Found

Looks like Facebook is too tired of bugs which strike the social networking site often. Recently Facebook eliminated a bug with video privacy settings after it lasted for the whole week.

Obviously, Facebook doesn’t want to lose their current top spot among social networking websites so the company is keen to keep the website fully functional to avoid any angry users.

Yet Another Privacy Concern With Facebook: Video Glitch

Privacy is one thing upon which social networking sites’ users never compromise. But sometimes, due to some fault, their privacy is breached leading to defamation of the company.

Facebook recently got hit by such a glitch which allowed anyone in one’s friend list to view all of his/her videos including even those videos that were blocked by the user. Videos are usually more sensitive compared to pictures. So you would expect that Facebook’s privacy features would work properly to save the user trouble regarding the content in a video.

Zuckerberg Drops Off The No. 1 Spot On Google+

I suppose Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t too fond of all the publicity that was being generated from his Google+ profile as he recently changed his privacy settings to stop showing his friends and followers.

Zuckerberg, who previously held the top spot on Google+ quickly disappeared from peoples list, leaving many to find the humor in his respect of his own privacy, while Facebook remains a very public and open social network.

Yahoo Mail Is Harvesting Your Emails

Yahoo e-mail users are outrageous about Yahoo’s new Terms and Conditions that now gives them the right to snoop in on people’s e-mails. What makes matters even worse is that this same rule applies to e-mails that are sent to Yahoo users.

Yahoo claims that the new changes are being implemented to better understand behavioral advertising and improve their search filters, but Yahoo users aren’t too pleased with the change in service.

Facebook Loses 7.5M Users In U.S. And Canada

For the first time in Facebook history, the social media giant is actually losing customers at high numbers. Facebook lost six million users in the United States last month, dropping from 155 million to 149 million. It also lost an additional 1.52 million users in Canada, an 8% decrease.

Fortunately, growth was still up about 2% from growth in Mexico and Brazil but the fact that the numbers are taking a dive for Americans and Canadians seem a bit strange. Do you think people finally realized the toll Facebook took on privacy? Were they tired of having their friends know every little profile change and update about them?

New Airport Security Checkpoint Of The Future

The International Air Transport Association came forth with a mock up of a future security checkpoint system. Rather than removing your belts and shoes, and have TSA officials give you the royal treatment, passengers will simply walk through the machine and will receive a full body scan as they walk through the hall-like sensor.

Passengers will be sorted according to risk, and those who fly frequently will be automatically deemed less risky. No clue on whether racial profiling will play into who gets chosen for the high-risk passengers (those who pose a threat), but supposedly the system takes in a wide variety of factors when deciding.

Symantec Catches Facebook Leaking Info

A programming bug found yesterday on Facebook’s website may have mistakingly given advertisers a dose of personal information according to researchers at anti-virus organization, Symantec. The issues were posted on Tuesday saying that it was probably a bug that has affected 100,000 Facebook applications for years. Symantec claims that Facebook apps have been inadvertently giving advertisers access tokens (special codes that are used by a browser to access Facebook accounts over the Internet).

Google Brings 360 Internal Views Of Businesses

In Google’s effort to bust down walls in hopes of a transparent information world, they may have taken it a step too far this time. Google will be introducing a new feature that allows users to see what a business looks like from the inside. The service will begin piping through the Internet in the United States, Japan, and a few other countries next week. Business owners will be given the option to show their offices and businesses from the inside-out, providing 360-degree tours of the place.

iOS Update Fixes Location Tracking Bug

What?! Who’s tracking my location? Okay, that’s it, I’m pressing charges…The location tracking bug has now been fixed with the new iOS 4.3.3 update for the iPhone on AT&T. If you haven’t already heard about the tracking bug, apple’s iphones and ipads had a database configuration file that was storing the locations of its users, in an unencrypted file on the machine. No biggie, right?

Well, the bug has now been fixed, hopefully putting many minds to ease. The iPad and iPod touch both received an iOS 4.2.8 update.

Verizon Will Put Location Tracking Stickers On Phones

Verizon is responding to the concerns of many worried individuals in Congress. In a response to Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey, Verizon has said that they will put a sticker on every phone warning users that they tracked their locations. The removable screen notice would specifically mention that the wireless carriers associated the location data with customer information. Subscribers would then be asked to check their location settings if they were concerned and to be “cautious” when it came to allowing privileges for specific applications.