Facebook, Twitter and Google Open Links in Private Messages and Email

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by hawki, Sep 1, 2013.

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  1. hawki

    hawki Registered Member

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    I guess this takes old news( scanning emails for key words for ads) one step deeper.


    "Test 'reveals Facebook, Twitter and Google snoop on emails': Study of net giants spurs new privacy concerns
    •Study set out to test confidentiality of 50 of the biggest Internet companies
    •Researchers sent unique web address in private messages through firms
    They found six of the companies opened the link from the message"

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...dy-net-giants-spurs-new-privacy-concerns.html

    (Maybe all the privacy forums should be eliminated cuz there appears to be no such thing anymore)
     
  2. J_L

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  3. mirimir

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    You have as much privacy as you're willing to recover.

    And actually, recovering privacy on the Internet is far easier than it is in the physical world.

    I could quote some famous dead people here, but I won't ;)
     
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    This quote from the article says it all; in my opinion anyway.

     
  5. Nebulus

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    Unless they visit the link or scan it in real time, and then block the message if the link is pointing to malware, the protection that is claimed is bogus.
     
  6. DesuMaiden

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    Another reason why I don't use these services anymore. Good riddance to this crap.
     
  7. mirimir

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    I always deselect "Block reported attack sites" and "Block reported web forgeries" in Firefox. I'm assuming that it must be querying databases. But maybe they're local databases, updated periodically, rather than remote databases.

    Anyone know?
     
  8. Reality

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    Computersrock ... Huh? didn't I just see somewhere you were telling someone to use google ?

    Mirimir Good question, I've wondered about these settings too
     
  9. JRViejo

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    mirimir, from Phishing and Malware Protection FAQs:
     
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  11. Reality

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    Yet another Google inroad :mad:

     
  12. mirimir

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    Oops, I missed that :oops:

    Thanks.

    I'll still disable them.
     
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