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Windows 7: Facebook unintentionally uploaded 1.5 million users email contacts

29 Apr 2019   #11
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
But it seems a lot of Apps you install communicate behind your back to Facebook so I've read.

What I meant by this is that I read an article that certain Apps you install or damn near all Apps you install communicate to Facebook. Whether you have a Facebook account or not. I can't find the damn article now though Google.


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29 Apr 2019   #12
goodlad

windows 7 ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
What I meant by this is that I read an article that certain Apps you install or damn near all Apps you install communicate to Facebook. Whether you have a Facebook account or not. I can't find the damn article now though Google.

do you mean the apps on smart phone or the apps on general pc/laptop too ?


Call me old school, I don't have an smart phone & have no intention of buying one either, so it shouldn't bother to me if its apps on phone. I'm happy with my feature phone - I don't need fancy stuff, just a phone to call someone in emergency or someone to call when needed.
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30 Apr 2019   #13
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
What I meant by this is that I read an article that certain Apps you install or damn near all Apps you install communicate to Facebook. Whether you have a Facebook account or not. I can't find the damn article now though Google.
This is absolute true and a widely used spyware tactic. The point is that any website or program that uses a FB plugin/button/link/whatever ends up submitting some info to it, even when it's totally unrelated and regardless of the user's usage of FB. Most links, buttons, the typical "follow me on ......" actually do some data harvesting under the hood in addition to their visual purpose. Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, and probably many others do the same on some scale.

For a practical example of this, the mere fact of opening SevenForums (logged in or not) publishes some of our private data to Google servers, "courtesy" of Google Analytics. You can see those in your browser development tools.
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30 Apr 2019   #14
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

I have for a long time treated FB as Malware, if you make this choice you do appear to have less issues
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30 Apr 2019   #15
spc3rd

Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by goodlad View Post
Call me old school, I don't have an smart phone & have no intention of buying one either, so it shouldn't bother to me if its apps on phone. I'm happy with my feature phone - I don't need fancy stuff, just a phone to call someone in emergency or someone to call when needed.
Same here. Been using the original Samsung Convoy flip phone for a number of years now, and also have no inclination toward upgrading to an Android or some other variety of Smartphone.
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30 Apr 2019   #16
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by goodlad View Post
do you mean the apps on smart phone or the apps on general pc/laptop too ?

On a phone.

And for a long time "Apps" (applications) were called programs on a computer. Now the two are confused.
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04 May 2019   #17
goodlad

windows 7 ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spc3rd View Post
Same here. Been using the original Samsung Convoy flip phone for a number of years now, and also have no inclination toward upgrading to an Android or some other variety of Smartphone.

haha, so have someone like me thousands of miles apart I'm using Nokia though, N72 - its been around 10 odd years since I got it, if I recall correctly. I had motorola flip phone prior to that - don't recall the model name, had to replace it after screen got spoiled due to rain water - service center told me, you could buy a new phone for the same price instead


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
On a phone.

And for a long time "Apps" (applications) were called programs on a computer. Now the two are confused.


yep usually when I used to hear apps I thought it was a mobile automatically but now people who use laptop/computer, have started referring to programs as apps as well
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04 May 2019   #18
blue skies

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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yep usually when I used to hear apps I thought it was a mobile automatically but now people who use laptop/computer, have started referring to programs as apps as well
Ugh. I hate that!! To me, apps are the simple little applications made for smart phones and tablets, and programs are for laptops and PCs. It really bugs me when people call computer programs "apps" even though they are of course applications.
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05 May 2019   #19
RoWin7

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

I remember this. I don't use FB, but I was getting email invitations from (real life) friends who were members. Email was supposedly sent out by them, but really just form letters with their name added on.
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05 May 2019   #20
RoWin7

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by goodlad View Post
use FB only for my work purposes & I have an habit of setting unique password for each & every single social media site & others. So even if someone cracks it, not an big issue, I don't use it for something that needs secrecy.
But do you have an email directory attached to that account? That's what they were hacking.
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