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In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that’s seen Facebook stock take a big hit and a strong user backlash against the platform, those who never signed up for the social network could be forgiven for being a little smug. But not so fast.

As it turns out, Facebook, which is in the business of gathering as much data from as many people as possible in order to run precisely targeted ads, gets its information about you from many sources, not just what’s on the profiles of its users. 

This gives the lie to Facebook’s official line that the users are in control of the data that they share, and that the company is only using the data that people willingly offer up.

What are Facebook’s ‘shadow profiles?’

Even if you’ve never signed up for Facebook, the company might still have a file on you, gathered through uploaded contact lists, photos, or other sources.When someone you know joins Facebook, the social network can find traces of you in the email/phone contacts, for example. Should you then register on the network, you’ll find it already has an uncanny ability to suggest friends from your social and professional circle before you’ve told them any details.

As well as details pulled from your social and professional circle that you may not have consented to share with the company, Facebook’s file on you also contains information on your web browsing through use of embedded ‘like’ and ‘share’ buttons. These can be tracked even if you’re logged out of your Facebook account.

Privacy advocates refer to these files on non-users as ‘shadow profiles’, and, given Facebook’s huge userbase, there’s a good chance the company has one on you even if you’ve been diligent in avoiding the social network. 

Zuckerberg has, of course, never heard of such a thing

Mark Zuckerberg testified before a congressional hearing last week, Mark Zuckerberg  was asked about shadow profiles by new Mexico Democrat Ben Luján. The Facebook founder and CEO claimed not to be familiar with them, and although it’s not a term Facebook uses officially, it’s also hard to believe Zuckerberg has never heard of the most widely used name for these occult files.

Congressman Ben Luján questions Zuckerberg on ‘shadow profiles’:

Nonetheless Zuckerberg confirmed the company collects information on nonusers. “In general, we collect data of people who have not signed up for Facebook for security purposes,” he said.

Trouble is, non-users haven’t given their consent to have his personal data collected, and what’s worse, don’t have any recourse to access this data without registering. Yes, you heard that right.

I don’t have a Facebook account, and want to access my personal data

We’ve explained how to download all the information Facebook has on you, a sensible precaution to take if you’re planning to #DeleteFacebook. Fine, if you’re already a Facebook user. But if you don’t have a Facebook account? Facebook’s help page for this situation directs you to a process that requires you to sign up for the social network.

So to add insult to injury, not only has the non-Facebook user had their data gathered without their consent, but they have to sign up to a service they don’t want and ‘consent’ to give up more information to the company in the process of requesting this data.

It’s clear from this that Facebook’s problems with privacy don’t just concern its active users, but will remain a problem for those who have quit the social network or never signed up for it in the first place. This is likely going to cause some tension when Europe’s GDPR kicks in, as the regulation requires data-portability for all citizens, not just Facebook users.

Zuckerberg has stated his willingness to comply with GDPR for its European users but has stopped short of guaranteeing similar protections for users in the US and elsewhere. Nonetheless, if Facebook wants people to take seriously the idea that they can control their data, it needs to bring the information in these shadow profiles into the light—where users and non-users alike can see their personal data and claim it.

What do you think of Facebook’s data collection practices? What kind of changes would you like to see?

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The Facebook backlash continues with no satisfactory answers from Zuckerberg. Many are questioning whether they should delete Facebook all together. Mozilla announced an add-on today that will apparently help to keep our online activity private. Is this the start of a positive trend, or are companies simply capitalizing on our fears?

A step in the right direction?

Mozilla were among the first companies to announce its pausing of advertising activities following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It’s now introducing a new feature for Firefox, called Facebook Container, that will prevent Facebook from tracking you by isolating your activity outside of the website, thus making it more difficult for it to determine targeted ads and messages. Mozilla explained more in their blog post:

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This all sounds great, but it is just a very tiny step in the right direction. It certainly couldn’t have prevented the data harvesting that so many are outraged by, and it doesn’t change the fact that there are still vast amounts of data that are currently in the hands of Cambridge Analytica and other companies that can’t be taken back.

Rivals in the tech world will attempt to exploit Facebook’s weaknesses. Even the cynical can see some benefit in appealing to the privacy-conscious user and striking while the iron is hot.

Ultimately, we can’t expect other companies to step up and clean Facebook’s mess, but it’s nice to see that we have new tools to help us move forward, as the scandal has shaken many users out of complacency. Let’s hope it sticks!

The new Firefox add-on seems like an easy alternative if you need to keep your account and use Facebook’s features for your business, for example, while stopping Facebook from tracking you. It’s undeniable that the social media platform can have huge benefits, but it doesn’t outweigh the concerns for the protection of our data. 

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While for now, this cannot ease fears over the way our data is being used, but we will hopefully see more and more tools and actions from companies like this in order to take steps to protecting our privacy.

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Would you use this add-on? Or do you still think deleting Facebook is the best option?

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If you make sure you take all of these steps, you can have peace of mind when your phone goes missing. Here are the steps necessary to protect your data remotely.

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If you want the ability to remotely wipe your phone, you need to install the Find My Device app and check your settings. It should be enabled by default, but check to make sure:

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If you have an older device you might also need to take these steps with the old version of Find My Device (Android Device Manager):

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Find My Device works for tablets as well, but if you have multiple user accounts, only the person set as tablet owner can set these features.

It’s a good idea to take a few other precautions too: don’t store anything sensitive on microSD cards (remote wiping can’t erase them), make sure you have a decent lock code or pattern, and consider investing in an app such as AirDroid or Lookout. Both apps offer remote wipe features, but they can also transfer crucial data before pulling the plug.

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Oh no! Your phone’s gone! It’s time for action, and by action we mean Find My Device. You can access Find My Device in two ways: via the Find My Device app on another Android device, or via the website here.

Once you’ve logged in, Find My Device will attempt to locate your missing device. If it’s on and can get a signal, you’ll see the location on a map. You’ll also see three options: ring it, lock it or remotely wipe it. If the device isn’t on or can’t get a signal, Find My Device will report its location when it switches on and connects to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.

At that point you can erase all the data from your phone, but we’d strongly recommend trying the less-serious options in before you go nuclear and delete everything. Try them in this order:

Before you do anything, make sure it isn’t just lost

Lost phones are often mislaid rather than permanently missing or stolen. You can use the Find My Device to make the phone ring loudly for a five full minutes. This enables you to find your phone if it’s fallen onto the floor of your car or, been hidden in a slipper by one of your children – these things happen!

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There’s a second non-nuclear option available to you: changing the lock screen so that when the phone is next switched on, your message is displayed. “GIVE ME MY PHONE BACK” is likely to be counter -productive, but a “Please call me” message, possibly backed with a modest reward, might just work.

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If all else fails, erase your data 

You will have the option to erase your data, but keep in mind that data on SD cards may not be deleted, and if it turns out it wasn’t stolen or permanently lost after all, then you will likely need your Google password to use it again after erasing. You also won’t be able to use the ‘Find My Device’ app after this process. 

Choosing the erase option will remotely wipe your phone or tablet on some devices. That’s the same as performing a full factory reset, so it’ll delete all of your settings, your music, your photos and your apps (but of course, not the SD card). As with locking, if the missing phone is off then selecting this option will remotely wipe it once it comes back online.

If you’re worried enough to take this option, you should also go into your Google Account and revoke access for your missing phone. We’d also recommend changing any passwords to your online services. The likelihood of a lost phone leading to baddies accessing all your stuff is very remote, but it doesn’t take long to remove that possibility altogether.

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If Find My Device can’t connect, there are two more things you can try. Google Maps tracks your phone’s location history – or at least, it does if you haven’t turned that feature off in your Google Account – so you can sometimes discover where your missing phone has been by visiting the Location History page and checking the timestamps. It won’t necessarily tell you where your phone is now, but it can tell you where it’s been.

Another option is to use an app such as Android Lost, which works well on older Android devices. It is one of the few solutions that you can install remotely, so it’s a good option if you hadn’t enabled the Find My Device options specified above. The app and website look terrible but work well, although the device needs to be online via the cellular network or Wi-Fi for it to work.

Have you used Find My Device or another method to successfully find or wipe a lost phone? Let us know in the comments!

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How to prevent WhatsApp from eating up your data plan

I remember a few months ago when my father, who was used to working from home only using Wi-Fi, finally acquired a new data plan. About ten days after he started his plan, he called me to say: “I was trying to send you a video that I made of the cat and I couldn’t, it won’t let me send it”.

My father, like many people, uses his cell phone almost exclusively to check his mail, watch videos on YouTube, and talk and send files through WhatsApp. This is not bad, because each individual has different needs. His, it seems, is to watch and share videos. But those videos can devour your data before you know it.

The problem is that many times we don’t pay attention to the amount of data we consume when playing streaming videos or downloading media sent to us via WhatsApp because we are so accustomed to relying on the benefits of Wi-Fi.

Follow these steps to save your data while using WhatsApp

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  • Select the third option, When using mobile data
  • Deactivate the four options (Photos, Audio, Videos and Documents) and press OK
  • Scroll down to Low data usage and check the box on the right side
  • What we have done here is to disable the automatic downloading of any file type (Photos, Audio, Videos and Documents) when we are using mobile data. This will prevent these files from being downloaded with your data plan, so they will wait for you to connect to a Wi-Fi network in order to do so

In addition, we reduce the use of mobile data during calls we make through WhatsApp. This will allow you to save data, but it will also mean that the call quality could suffer a little.

Have you ever used up all your data plan without realizing? What other ways do you have to prevent this from happening?

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