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 VISION 20/20

More than what is known to most already – another unpopular move by FACEBOOK ?

It seems ambitions run high with FB. Need more data yet.

Security is everyone’s concern in computing, especially when it comes to mobile devices – albeit not only. When it comes to VPN services, we want to make sure they deliver what they promise.

Overall usage of VPN services has increased over the past years, and internet users often look at VPN as a way to keep one’s traffic safe.

Yet FB’s new VPN service, which has now rolled out for iOS devices, is quite a different thing than other standard services.

Called ‘Onavo Protect’ (from a company Facebook purchased in 2013) explicitly gives itself permission to mine your data. Stacked underneath the “Read More” link, you’ll find the following:

‘As part of this process, Onavo collects your mobile data traffic’ ( HERE WE GO AGAIN ). And it continues: ‘THIS HELPS US IMPROVE AND OPERATE THE ONAVO SERVICE BY ANALYZING YOUR USE OF WEBSITES, APPS AND DATA. Further, it is stated : ‘Because we’re part of Facebook, we also use this info to improve Facebook products and services, gain insights into the products and services people value, and build better experiences’. Wow is all I can say. Or rather: Why am I not surprised – yet again.

Carefully evaluate these statements. In the name of web security – namely to provide safety, Facebook gets to analyze which apps you use, which websites you visit.

If a new app starts to become popular, FB will know about it based on data harvested from user devices.
Watching any other Video channel instead of Facebook Video? FB is all ears to know. When this feature is integrated into Facebook’s iOS app, the application also states that it provides an additional level of security to all your mobile traffic. ( Get this )

Would you go for a VPN service of this kind? I certainly will not. Onavo is in for trouble before it can even get started.

If iOS deploys new features that others like, similar options are going to be listed up on Google stores with Android.

It is FB seeing a successful company and just copying its work, amongst other ‘features’. FB is attempting to find out where its next challenger is going to come from. Plus snoop into your life again more. Since many people use VPNs to increase privacy and security, this is outright deception.

It gives the name acronym – Virtual Private Network – a bad aftertaste. FB leaves out the “privacy” portion thinking nobody notices and hopes noone pays attention.

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