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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Facebook Monitors you even when you log out...

Social network site Facebook has admitted that it monitors every single web page you visit, even when you have logged out. thought that when you hit that logout button on your phone or PC after updating your status on FB you are done...?In the era of cyber space and internet technology everything you do is monitored. 

In its latest privacy blunder, the social networking site was forced to confirm that it constantly tracks its 750million users, even when they are using other sites.

Internet users in a cybercafe in Kenya

The website’s practices were exposed by Australian technology blogger Nik Cubrilovic and have provoked a furious response across the internet.
 Cubrilovic found that when you sign up to Facebook it automatically puts files known as ‘cookies’ on your computer which monitor your browsing history.

Data is regularly sent back to the FB servers which  Facebook uses to sell to advertisers earning billions of shillings. Advertisers can use your surfing habits to know your likes for example if you surf for children clothes you get children shops advertising in you site.

Facebook watch you by leaving some cookies  on your computer after you log out, and report back when you visit a site connected to Facebook. This covers millions of websites and refers to anything with a Facebook ‘like’ or ‘recommend’ button on it.

Click on the like icon...

The data that is sent back is the IP address, (an IP address is a unique identifier of your computer) and a log of what you have been viewing.
Cubrilovic wrote: ‘Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit.
The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate (web) browser for Facebook interactions.

The admission is the latest in a series of privacy blunders from Facebook, the site keep on changing privacy settings without any warning to users.
Earlier this year it stopped gathering browser data from users who had never even been to after it was exposed by a Dutch researcher.

With the numerous applications,spam,likes on pages you will be clicking...Stay informed people,'big brother' is always watching.

The Scribe rests his pen...

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