Protecting your privacy is to protect your freedom.

Facebook feature shares information by default

As posted on TruXter Tech News Facebook has a very interesting feature. They call it “Instant Personalization”. If this is switched on all public data will be automatically shared with “facebook partner sites”. This means that all information that can be accessed by everyone will be sent to these sites.

Once again I want to emphasize the importance of facebooks’s privacy settings. It should be configured that no important data like phone number or address is publicly visible. As we can see in this example  our data is being shared without our permission. You decide, which data this is.

I do not understand the fact that this feature is enabled by default and people do not  really knows about it. How can that be? Instant Personalization is around since April and who does really know about this? I think that the users should at least be informed about the existence of this feature with an e-mail.

To disable this function please use the following steps:

  1. Click on “Privacy Settings” under “Account”.
  2. In the bottom-left corner, click on “Edit your settings” under “Applications and Websites”.
  3. Click on “Edit Settings” under “Instant personalization”.
  4. Un-check “Enable instant personalization on partner websites”.

New Firefox extension makes identity theft a piece of cake

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The illusion of privacy in 5*-hotels

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Who is watching you?

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Software: Collecting of “anonymous” information

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A closer look at cookies, pt. 2 of 2

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A closer look at cookies, pt. 1 of 2

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