The New Data Access Plan From Facebook

The world revolves around the web right now. Access to the Internet is now a necessity and no longer the luxury that it once was a decade ago. Everyone just wants to be online to do all sorts of stuff, whether for work or leisure, there are simply a lot of things to do and there is no such thing as boredom anymore. Everybody is addicted to social networking sites and they share all sorts of information to their friends or even on public mode whether it be personal data or photos or videos of important milestones in their lives. It is a great way to stay connected with people who mean the most to them or even reconnect with people from their past such as childhood friends and classmates but it can also be a danger as you are opening up too much of yourself to total strangers especially if you haven’t thought about securing your account like making it private or restricting other people’s access to your account.

When using a platform that does not sell anything but gets richer and richer by the minute, it makes you wonder just what the product here is. Pretty sure by now many have already deduced that it is the users that are actually what they are selling to third-party advertisers. As such, we have seen various changes and policies implemented over the years up to the point right now where new changes are still being rolled out allowing its users to have more control over their accounts and the data they share to others. You can now customize your data sharing options and many have started to breathe a sigh of relief as they feel safer now that not everyone can check out what they are doing with their lives.

Facebook said Wednesday that it believes most of its users who had a specific search function enabled have had their profile data scraped by third parties.

“We’ve seen some scraping,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a call with reporters. “I would assume if you had that setting turned on that someone at some point has access to your public information in some way,” he said.

The setting Zuckerberg referred to is one where users let other users search for them by e-mail address or phone number instead of by name.

(Via: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/04/facebook-most-people-could-have-had-their-public-profile-scraped.html)

Sounds familiar, right? Many of you have probably searched up people you were curious about and stalked them for quite a while too without them knowing about it at all. It is fine if you really are just curious and what to satiate your curiosity without really acting on it but it is an entirely different story among cybercriminals who will find lots of use for all the free data they can gather on SNS platforms like Facebook that now boasts of billions of users the world over.

Facebook will implement nine changes, which will allow users to set privacy levels and limit automatic data sharing. The changes will affect the Events API, Groups API, Pages API, Facebook Login, Instagram Platform API, Search and Account Recovery, Call and Text History, Data Providers and Partner Categories, and App Controls.

The Events API no longer will allow apps to access the guest list or posts on the event wall. Only Facebook-approved apps that agree to strict requirements will be allowed to connect with the Events API.

The Pages API will no longer allow apps to read posts or comments from any page, and all future app access will have to be approved by Facebook.

Facebook also has made big changes to the login. It will require approval of all apps that request access to information such as check-ins, likes, photos, videos, events and groups.

(Via: https://www.technewsworld.com/story/85256.html)

With all these changes happening left and right and softwares getting upgraded, it is also but a must that your hardware is also up to par. If there is a need for performance is significantly being affected in a negative light because your computer is old and not built with the parts that can support more recent computing advancements, you may have to consider upgrading your PC or laptop, if not, you’d often experience lagging when video chatting with someone on Facebook or some other video messaging site. You may also experience other problems that may be brought about by your activity on the web like contacting malware when you visit untrusted sites (which is one of the reasons why Facebook is beefing up cybersecurity precautions) that will prompt a technical emergency and a quick trip to the recovery service or to the PC shop for a shiny new gadget if the problem is beyond repair.

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