Facebook tracks data from non-users, and keeps it from them

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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Common Google Play Store error codes and how to fix them

The solutions for the errors described below are based on the experiences of the AndroidPIT editors as well as readers and moderators from the forum. If you encounter any other problems with Google Play, feel free to share your experiences in the comments and forum.

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Google Play – Error DF-BPA-09 ‘Error Processing Purchase’

Problem

Google Play Error Processing Purchase DF-BPA-09 happens quite often when trying to download an app. This problem won’t go away if you simply try downloading again, so you’ll need to go into the settings.

Solution

The problem is not due to individual users, but to Google Play itself, so we’re hoping it will be fixed in the near future. In the meantime, here is what you can do:

  • Go into the Settings of your device
  • Tap on Apps or Applications Manager (the name varies depending on your device).
  • Swipe to the All column.
  • Scroll down until you see Google Services Framework
  • Finally, choose Clear data and then OK.

If this doesn’t work, go on to the Google Play site on your PC and install the app that is giving you issues on your smartphone or tablet from there. When you go back to your device, the install should work.

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Google Play – Error DF-BPA-30

Problem

The cause of this error comes from Google servers themselves. First, we will tell you that waiting is a great solution, but other solutions work for some users.

Solution

  • Open the Google Play Store on the web (use a PC, for example)
  • Then choose an application install it on your Android, which should logically send you the infamous error [DF-BPA-30]
  • Get back on your smartphone and try the download, which should now be operational again

Otherwise, you can try to delete the data or clear the cache of “Google Play Services”.

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Google Play – Error DF-DLA-15

Problem

Downloading an update or an application may fail with this error. 

Solution

The first thing to do is to clear the cache and data of the Play Store app. To do this, go into the Settings, tap Applications and look for the Play Store and you can delete the cache and data. On some smartphones, you must enter the Storage tab to see this option. 

This should fix the problem but if it persists you have to go to your account settings and delete your phone’s Google account. Once you’ve done that you just need to go back in and reinsert it.

Google Play – Error rh01

Problem

Error retrieving information from server.

First solution

Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and select both Clear data and Clear cache. Do the same for Google Services Framework.

Second solution

Remove and re-add your Gmail account, restart your device and then re-add your Gmail account.

Google Play – Error rpc:s-5:aec-0

Problem

Error retrieving information from server.

Solution

Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and select Clear cache and Uninstall updates. Do the same for Download Manager and Google Services Framework.

Google Play – Error retrieving information from server

Problem

This error message often appears when updating or downloading an app. Google’s servers are unable to retrieve information from your Google account. You can delete and re-register, but wait a few hours to see if the problem persists. Sometimes it’ll just take care of itself.

Solution

  • Go to the Settings> Accounts> Google ‘to delete your Google Account’
  • Once this is done, you must reboot your device, then re-synchronize the account
  • Finally, open the Settings> Applications> All> Google Services Framework. Inside, you must click Options ‘Clear Data’ and ‘Force Stop’

Google Play – Error BM-GVHD-06

Problem

This error appears when you want to use Google Play card. The problem seems to exist in several countries.

Solution

First, try restarting your device and try again. If the problem persists, go to Settings> Applications> Play Store> Force Stop> Uninstall updates. The Play Store will then return to its original version and the problem should be gone.

Google Play – Error rpc:aec:0]

Problem

You can’t download an app.

Solution

Remove your Google account. Remove all synced accounts. Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and select Clear data. Restart your device and try again.

Google Play – Error RPC:S-3

Problem

Can’t download an app.

Solution

Remove Google account and re-add it, or try an alternate account.

Google Play – Error authentication required

Problem

Strangely, this problem is quite common on Android devices. But rest assured, we have three possible solutions to deal with it. One of these tips should resolve your problem.

Solutions

1. Enter the Accounts tab in the settings of your phone. Then remove the Google account and add it again. If everything works after this then it was a simple little error that’s sometimes displayed after an update.

2. Go into your Settings, tap Application manager then go into the Google Play Store. Delete the data from this menu (you can also clear the cache).

3. Maybe the problem is not really in your authentication, but the Play Store itself. In this case, you only have to go to application settings (Settings> Applications), search the Play Store and click Uninstall updates. Maybe you need to disable the Play Store to get to this started. That way you get the version of the Play Store that you had when you purchased the phone, you just have to update it and then re-register.

Google Play – Package File Invalid

Problem

Play Store error.

First solution

Go to Settings > Apps > All and select the app that’s causing the problem, then select Clear cache and Clear data. Try again in Google Play Store.

Second solution

Install app through Google Play Store website.

Third solution

Disable Wi-Fi and download or update the app using mobile network data.

Fourth solution

Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and select Clear cache and Clear data. Do the same for Google Services Framework.

FIfth solution

Remove your Google account, restart your device, re-add your Google account and try again.

Google Play – Error 8

Problem

This error occurs when you want to download an application and the download stops.

Solution

Make sure you have Google Play Services installed. If the problem persists, go to the application list and enter Google Play Services and disable the application. It will then ask if you want to restore the factory settings, you will just have to confirm. If this does not solve the problem, you should contact Google support.

Google Play – Error 18

Problem

Error 18 has been around since late 2015 and happens when you want to reinstall an application that you already had in the past. There is no quick fix to this problem, but some tricks can sometimes help.

Solution

After going on several forums, it seems that some users were able to resolve error 18 by disconnecting and reconnecting the SD or microSD memory card. But it does not appear like it works for all users. If the problem persists, you can try to contact Google’s online support. The final and drastic solution is an Android reset.

Google Play – Error 20

Problem

This problem occurs when installing or updating an Android app.

Solution

To resolve this error, you must be rooted since you need to access a file named ‘smd2tmp1’ found in / mnt / secure / asec /. If your mobile is rooted, you can delete this folder this should permanently resolve the problem.

If you don’t want to root your device, there is another solution. Delete the file / data / data of the application that caused you problems. Use file explorer to access the folder. For this, I suggest you check out our best file managers for Android article.

Google Play – Error -24

Problem

Unknown.

Solution

You need a root manager to solve this one. If you have one, navigate to Data/data. In that folder, locate the package name of the app causing trouble (this can be found by looking at the URL of the app on the Play Store website). Delete the entire folder. Try reinstalling the app.

Google Play – Error 101

Problem

Can’t download app as there are too many currently installed.

Solution

Uninstall old and unused apps.

Google Play – Error 103

Problem

This is a mysterious kind of problem and occurs when Google Play thinks an application is compatible with a device,  but is not. Clearly, the Play Store tent installation, but can not. Suddenly, the 103 error occurs and recurs on all your other devices, including those that are compatible – what a nightmare.

Solution

Generally, you have nothing to do on your side since this error will solve itself after a few hours. The cause of the problem? An application signature concern. If you have developer knowledge, you can try to resolve it by signing the application again with the JDK tool 1.6+ release. If the error persists more than 48 hours, contact Google Support.

Google Play – Error 110

Problem

The application cannot be installed.

Solution

Head to Settings > Applications > All > Google Play Store > Clear cache. If the problem persists, try downloading the app from the Play Store website.

Google Play – Error 194

Problem

This error happens when you try to download games or apps from the Google Play Store.

Solution

One fix for this issue is to clear the cache data for Google Play Services and the Google Play Store. 

  1. Go to Settings > Apps or Application Manager
  2. Scroll across to All and then down to the Google Play Store app.
  3. Open the app details and tap the Force stop button.
  4. Next tap on the Clear data button.

Now repeat the process above but replace Google Play Store with Google Play Services at step two and then attempt your download again.  

If that doesn’t work, don’t worry, the issue has now been resolved and a fix is being rolled out in the next version of the Play Store app. Just make you have the latest Google Play Store APK and you shouldn’t experience this error again.

androidpit google play store hero 1 For the best Google Play experience, make sure you have the latest version installed. / © AndroidPIT

Google Play Error – 403

Problem

The download is impossible and the request is ‘forbidden’. This usually happens when two Google accounts are used to buy applications on one device.

Firs solution

Go the Google Play Store with the correct Google account. Uninstall the application in question. Try to get the app from Google Play again and click the purchase button.

Second solution

Clear the proxy you have possibly set up, by going into the Settings, then choose Wireless and Networks (or More networks) and then Mobile Network. Select APN, which stands for Access Point Name and hit Clear Proxy Option. You can always reinstate the proxy afterwards.

androidpit google play store errors mobile netoworks Go to Settings > More networks > Mobile networks > APN, and hit the Clear proxy option. / © AndroidPIT

Third solution

Another solution would be to erase your entire search history which you can do in the Play Store itself by choosing the Settings button. Next, select Clear search history.

Fourth solution

Try creating a new Google account and using it instead for the Play Store. Go to the Google Play, and select the menu button again. Then select Accounts and choose the New Gmail account. Then reinstall the app.

Google Play Error – 406

Problem

Apps cannot be downloaded. This particular error can occur if you’ve reset the Google account you used to register on your phone, if you’ve restored your device to its factory settings, or if you’ve registered a new account on your phone.

Solution

A classic clearing of the cache will hopefully do the trick. Go to Settings > Applications > All > Google Play Store > Clear cache.

Otherwise, try again on a different network connection.

Google Play – Error 413

Problem

Downloading applications or updates is impossible. If you use a proxy, remember that it may cause problems with the operation of the Google Play Store.

Solution

In Settings, find Apps (or Application manager), then swipe to All. Scroll down to Google Services and tap on Clear data and then Force stop. Do the same with the Google Play Store app and clear the cache from your internet browser.

Google Play – Error 481

Problem

There is an error with your Google Play Store account.

Solution

Remove your account and login in with an alternate account.

Google Play – Error 491

Problem

Downloads and updates impossible.

Solution

Remove your Google account by going to the Settings for your device, then Accounts and Google. Hit Remove account. Reboot your Android and add the account once again. Next, in the Settings, go to Apps and swipe to All. Scroll down to Google Services, then click Clear data and finally Force stop.

recovery 02 Wiping your cache partition is a solution to many problems on Android. / © AndroidPIT

Google Play – Error 492

Problem

It’s impossible to install an application because of the Dalvik cache.

Solution

Under Settings, find Apps, then swipe to All and scroll down to Google Services. Here, select Clear data and then Force stop. Do the same on the Google Play Store app.

Note: If the problem is not solved, try deleting the Dalvik cache. To do this, enter the custom recovery mode (only if you have root). Another solution is to complete a data wipe/factory reset. This option applies to all users and can be done in recovery mode. Beware, it will wipe your data so make sure you have backed up everything you wish to keep.

Google Play – Error 495

Problem

Problem downloading or updating apps from Play Store.

Solution

Delete your Google Play Store data in Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store > Clear data. Delete data from Google Services Framework as well (note: this will assign a new Google ID to your device, as if you had factory reset it, meaning your Google apps may temporarily act up afterward).

Delete your Google account on the device, reboot your phone and re-add your Google account in Settings > Accounts > Add Account > Google Account.

Google Play Store – Error 497

Problem

Difficulty updating installed apps

First solution

Clear out your Play Store data. Go to Settings > Applications > All > Google Play Store and hit Clear cache, Clear data and Uninstall updates.

Second solution

Disable your SD card, if you have one. Go to Settings > Storage > Unmount SD card.

Third solution

If your phone is rooted, you can delete the app’s APK and reinstall it. To do so, open up Root Explorer, or a similar application, and navigate to System / app > Mount R / W > Delete application. Or you can play it safe and rename the offending APK to to something like GoogleSearch.apk.backup, so you can revert it if anything goes wrong.

Google Play – Error 498

Problem

Interruption of downloads from the Google Play Store.

Solution

The problem is that the cache of your device is full. Delete unneeded applications and files. Restart your smartphone in recovery mode by pressing the volume down, power and home buttons (for Samsung devices), or volume down and power (for most other devices).

This mode provides a few more options. Select Wipe cache partition by navigating between options with the volume rocker. Confirm using the power button.

Google Play – Error 501

Problem

If you can’t open the Google Play Store or perform downloads, then surely you have the 501 error.

Solution

To fix it, you must go to the Settings, then open these two applications: Google Play Services and Play Store – then you have to tap Clear Cache. Once you have done this, go into Accounts and delete your Google Account. Then restart your phone, input and synchronize your Google account again, then let your phone sit for five minutes without touching it. After these five minutes are over, the 501 error should not bother you anymore.

Google Play – Error 504

Problem

App could not be downloaded due to an error.

First solution

The usual, please: go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and Clear cache and Clear data. Also Clear cache and Clear data for Google Services Framework.

Second solution

Try removing your GMail account

Google Play – Error 505

Problem

Two or more apps with duplicate permissions

Solution

You need to find out what app has the same permissions as the one you’re trying to install and uninstall the problem app. To do this, find the APK file for the app you are trying to install and attempt to restore the app using a Lucky Patcher backup. The tool should present a window alerting you to which app is producing the conflict. This is the app you need to uninstall.

Google Play – Error 905

Problem

You have problems downloading apps or installing new updates correctly.

Solution

  • Go to the Settings> Applications> All
  • In the Application page of the Google Play Store, select Uninstall updates
  • Wait a few moments until the un-installation is done
  • Reinstall, restart the Google Play Store. The error should be gone

Google Play – Error 906

Problem

This problem mainly occurs on the HTC One M8 and M9. This often occurs when downloading or updating an app. Errors 907 and 963 are similar and resolved in the same way.

Solution

With problems downloading and installing the application, you must clear the cache and data of the Play Store app. If that does not work, uninstall the updates. If it still does not work, turn off your SD card by going to Settings> Memory / Storage). Return to the Play Store and try to install the app. If the problem persists, you probably have your app on an external card to transfer it to the internal memory. Then you can send it to the SD card once the application is installed.

Google Play – Error 907

This problem is identical to Error 906.

Google Play – Error 911

Problem

You can’t download an app.

First solution

Go to Settings, Apps, then swipe to All and scroll down to Google Services. Here, select Clear data.

Second solution

If you’re on Wi-Fi connection requiring a web page login, ensure you are still logged in.

Third solution

Try another Wi-Fi network.

Fourth solution

Switch from Wi-Fi to mobile network data services. Only do this if you are comfortable using up data on your mobile plan.

Google Play – Error 919

Problem

Downloading the app works but it does not open once downloaded.

Solution

There is simply no more space on your Android. Eliminate all unnecessary data, such as music, videos or large applications.

androidpit play store errors clear data cache Some problems can be fixed by clearing the cache and the data from the Google Play Store app. / © AndroidPIT

Google Play – Error 920

Problem

You can’t download an app.

First solution

Turn your Wi-Fi off and back on again, and then try to download or update the app in question.

Second solution

Delete your Google account, restart your device and add your account back again in the app Settings. You could also try using an alternative account.

Third solution

Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and select both Clear data and Clear cache and finally Uninstall updates.  Restart your device, open Google Play Store and try to download the app again.

wi fi error fix Turning your Wi-Fi off and using mobile data can sometimes be an effective solution. / © AndroidPIT

Google Play – Error 921

Problem

You can’t download an app.

Solution

Try deleting the cache of the Google Play Store application. If this doesn’t work, delete all the Play Store application data, but please be advised that this will consequently delete all the settings that you’ve already made. As a last resort, remove your Google account, restart the device and enter it again. 

androidpit google play error remove account For some Play Store problems, you need to remove and reinstate your Google Account. / © AndroidPIT

Google Play Error – 923

Problem

The download is impossible: error while syncing your Google account or insufficient cache memory.

Solution

Remove your Google account and delete any useless applications that are taking up space. Next, reboot your device in recovery mode. Select Wipe cache partition and start your device as usual. Don’t worry, your personal data won’t be deleted. Set up your Google account once again.

androidpit galaxy s3 recovery boot loader 2 Wiping the cache partition can solve the problem caused by insufficient cache memory. / © AndroidPIT

Google Play – Error 924

Problem

Usually occurs when trying to download larger applications. The app downloads, but the error message is displayed, saying the installation was unsuccessful do to an error

Solution

Head to Settings > All > Google Play Store > Uninstall updates. Once you’ve done this, try downloading the problem app again.

androidpit google play store uninstall updates Uninstalling updates to the Play Store might solve Error 924. / © AndroidPIT

Google Play – Error 927

Problem

The download is impossible because an update of the Play Store is in progress.

Solution

Wait a few minutes until the Google Play Store is completely upgraded. If the problem persists, go to Settings, then Apps, swipe to All and locate the Google Services. Tap on Clear data and then Force stop. Do the same with the Google Play Store application.

You have probably guessed by now that there is a standard way to alleviate some of these errors, so if you’re experiencing a different problem to those mentioned above, you could try following the same steps. Always be careful when wiping your data or doing a factory/data reset, because this will get rid of your saved pics, files, contacts, and so on, so make sure you back up all your data beforehand.

androidpit google play errors factory reset Before resorting to a factory reset, make sure you try all other solutions first. You will also need to back up your data beforehand. / © AndroidPIT

Google Play – Error 940

Problem

Application cannot be download

Solution

It could be as simple as restarting your device. If this doesn’t work follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings > Applications > All > Google Play Store > Clear cache
  • Go to Settings > Application > All > Downloads / Download manager > Clear data
  • Do the same for ‘Google Services Framework’, ‘Google Apps’, ‘Google Hangouts’, ‘Checking Service’. Some users report needing to clear the data on Chrome.

Google Play – Error 941

Problem

Interruption during update.

Solution

Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and press Clear cache and Clear data. In the same place, scroll down to Download Manager and press Clear cache and Clear data for that too. Try the update again.

AndroidPIT Google Play Store app info Clearing the cache and data for the Play Store will fix many common problems. / © AndroidPIT

Google Play Error – 944

Problem

This error pops up when you’re trying to update apps and seems to occur when the Google Play Store is down, or there is some sort of server error.

Solution

Try updating the app later. It appears to be a temporary problem on Google’s end, so will just have to wait it out.

Google Play – Error 961

Problem

Problems when installing Android apps from the Play Store.

Solution

First, get a refund from the Play Store, which you can do within 15 minutes of purchasing. To do this, select the repayment option in the Play Store. Next, go into the Settings of your device and choose Applications and swipe left until you see All apps. Now scroll down to Google Play and choose it. Here, select Clear cache. If the problem persists, choose Clear data as well.

Google Play – 963

Problem

Occurs predominantly on HTC One M8 and M9 devices when trying to download or update an app through the Play Store.

First solution

Head to Settings > Applications > All > Google Play Store > Clear cache. Go back to the previous screen and to the previous screen then select Downloads / Download Manager > Clear data.

Second solution

Settings > Applications > All > Google Play Store > Uninstall updates; go back to the previous screen, then Google Play Services > Clear data.

Third solution

Disable your SD memory card. Go to Settings > Storage > Unmount SD card > OK. Head back to the Play Store and try downloading or updating the app again. If it works, head back to Settings > Storage > Mount SD card.

Fourth solution

Move the app to your device’s internal memory. Go to Settings > Applications > All > (app causing the problem) > Move to internal memory. Head back to the Play Store, try downloading or updating the app again, and if it works, move it back to the SD card.

Google Play – Error 971

Problem

Error 971 commonly appears on Wiko phones running Android 5.0.2. It prevents you from installing an app after downloading it.

Solution

Wiko recently fixed this problem with its V30 update. If you’re seeing this error on your Wiko phone, try to manually update using the instructions on the official Wiko site.

Google Play – Error 975

The good news is that this error is rare. The bad news is that there are no solutions at the moment. In the meantime, you should contact Google support.

Google Play – Error RH-01

Problem

Error RH-01 is a server error that can prevent you from updating or downloading apps from the Play Store.

First Solution 

  1. Go to Settings > Date & Time. If the automatic date and time + Time Zone are incorrect, you will need to manually set it.
  2. Uncheck “Automatic Date & Time” and set the correct date/time+time zone.
  3. Now try downloading an app or game in the Google Play Store.

Second Solution

  1. Go to Settings > Apps (Application Manager) > All
  2. Scroll down and select “Google Play Store”
  3. Tap “Force Stop” > Select “Clear Data”
  4. Again from Apps > All > Select “Google Service Framework”
  5. Tap “Force Stop” > “Clear Data” .
  6. Try again to download an app in the Play Store.

Third Solution

This is a common method to temporarily fix buggy Google Play updates by reverting the Play Store app to its factory/original version.

  1. Go to Settings > Apps > All
  2. Scroll down and select Google Play Stores
  3. Tap “Force Store” > Select “Uninstall Updates”

Have you ever come across any other Play Store problems? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to see the apps tracking you on Facebook and stop them

Facebook is currently embroiled in scandal after it was revealed that data firm Cambridge Analytica harvested the personal information of over 50 million users without their permission. In the light of this, you might be wondering if you can do something about apps like this taking your data. As a matter of fact, you can. We’ll show you how.

One of the most disconcerting things about the Facebook privacy scandal is that Cambridge Analytica didn’t get the data through a hack or by breaking the system, but instead through a legit Facebook app which collected the data of users, and also the data of all their friends.

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When you download an app or sign into a website with Facebook, these companies can see certain information on your Facebook profile. For example, your email address, phone number, employment/education history and current location, depending on the individual app. The key thing that most people forget is, if you’re sharing that data with friends, then apps used by those friends can also see that information.

Now, certain sensitive data such as your name, your phone number, and your employer is encrypted by Facebook to protect your privacy, but that doesn’t stop Facebook from selling that data in bulk to advertisers and other companies who use that data to target and track you and the population in general.

Since Facebook profits from user data sharing, we can’t necessarily leave it to the company to keep things as secure as we’d like. So it’s good practice to take a dive into the settings every once in a while and clean house. Here’s how to take control of how Facebook apps use your data.

How to find and control the apps tracking you on Facebook

There are two ways you can access your Facebook account, with only slight differences in method, but we’ll outline both step-by-step below:

How to find and stop the Facebook apps tracking you on desktop/web browser:

  1. First, go to the arrow symbol on the top right of your Facebook page.
  2. Select Settings from the drop down menu
  3. Once you’re in the settings, select Apps (should be on the left)
  4. In Logged in with Facebook, you’ll see the apps tracking you 
  5. Hit show all to see the full list (I had 47!)
  6. Hover over the app to see your options—you can edit the app’s permissions or remove it entirely
  7. If you scroll down and explore the Settings > Apps section, you’ll find more options. You can set Facebook to log in and play games anonymously, for example.
  8. This is important: select Apps Others Use to limit the information your friends’ apps can get on you.

facebookdesktop Chances are you won’t even recognize the apps that track you. / © AndroidPIT (screenshot)

If you’re on the Facebook mobile app:

  1. Open the app, tap the 3 bars symbol on the top right
  2. Scroll down to Account Settings, open it
  3. Select Apps
  4. Tap Logged in with Facebook to see the list of apps
  5. Select each app individually to edit the settings—there’s the Remove App option right at the bottom
  6. Tap Apps others use to control what your contacts’ apps can see about you
  7. Tap Platform to control notifications and logging into games with Facebook

facebook How to access these apps on mobile. / © AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Going forward

If you’ve been using Facebook for some time, or very actively, you might be surprised at the apps that have permission to track you. I’ve had a Facebook account for over a decade, and saw that that apparently harmless games and quizzes clicked on in more innocent times still had access to my data!

Going forward, beware of any app, game or quiz shared by friends. It might not be worth the few seconds of amusement finding out which TV character you are, how you’d look in 20 years, and other such nonsense. If you absolutely must join in though, then you can fine-tune your settings to limit data sharing.

Have you used this method to make your data more secure? Were you surprised at what you found?

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Galaxy S9 and S9+ can already be yours: Here’s where and how to buy them

Samsung has finally made the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus official. The wait was long, but the manufacturer decided to reward its fans by making the two devices available right now! The two devices can be pre-ordered before the official launch scheduled for March 16. Here’s how to buy S9 and S9+ in the US.

Where can I buy the Galaxy S9?

Samsung’s two new flagships are official after months of rumors, leaked photos and technical specifications. You can pre-order the S9 and S9+ directly from the brand’s official website, which at the moment is the cheapest way to do so. Pre-orders are also available via some telephone operators and other online platforms.

You will be able to pre-order the new devices on March 2, and official sales will begin on March 16. Samsung promises delivery of your devices within 7 days of the date of sale, which means by March 23 you will have the successor to the Galaxy S8 in your hands.

By pre-ordering your S9 or S9+, you’ll not only be among the first to have the brand’s new top-of-the-range smartphone, but you can also relax and know you won’t miss it due to stocks running out.

samsung galaxy s9 lockscreen c2vx The Galaxy S9 in all its glory! / © AndroidPIT  

As we predicted, it will cost you

How much is the new Galaxy S? The prices for the Galaxy S9 from the official website are $ 719.99 and $ 839.99 for the Plus model (or possible more depending on which memory you opt for). Both devices are available in Midnight Black, Arctic Grey, Coral Blue and the brand new, Lilac Purple.
 

Prices compared

Model Galaxy S9
(64 GB)
Galaxy S9
128 GB)
Galaxy S9+
(64 GB)
Galaxy S9+
(128 GB)
Price $ 719.99 TBC $ 839 TBC

Unfortunately, the price increased compared to S8 and S8+. No surprise there. Samsung’s top-of-the-range products have never been cheap. Smartphone manufacturers (we are not just talking about Samsung) have been raising the price of products over the last few years. And sadly, there is no exception with the S9 and S9+. We’ll be updating you again once we have more information about the price for other variants.

For now, you will be able to pre-order the device from the official website, and Samsung allows you to pay it in installments of $ 30 per month, and $ 35 per month for 24 months for the S9 Plus, with no interest. The devices are also available from:

  • Verizon: $ 800 for the S9 ($ 33.33 per month for 24 months), $ 930 for the S9 Plus ($ 38.74 per month for 24 months)
  • AT&T: $ 790.20 for the S9 ($ 26.34 per month for 30 months), $ 915 for the Plus ($ 30.50 per month for 30 months)
  • T-Mobile: $ 30 per month for 24 months for both devices, with a down payment of $ 120,
  • Best Buy: Best Buy have a deal on offer for its customers. You can get up to $ 100 off by pre-ordering through the carriers above.

Are you looking to get your hands on the S9 or S9+?

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Beat Them Out APK MOD Android v1.1 Download

Beat Them Out APK MOD Android v1.1 Download
Beat Them Out: This is Action game. Are you going to show your mobile fight skills? Beat Them Out is a perfect place to do just that! Play with friends together or single, grab big axes or learn magic – do everything you can to defend your village or join evil to conquer unfortunate settlers.

If you want to play this game, you can download and play the game from the link below. Good luck.

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Game Name: Beat Them Out
Category: Android Games Download
Game Type: Action
Release Date: 18.02.2018
Language: English
Size: 62.4 MB
Developer Company: SugarCoders
File Type: .apk
Installs: 1,000 – 5,000
Price Status: FREE

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In this version we did our best to make the game stable as well as introduce a few cool features to check out!

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How to see who's stealing your Wi-Fi and block them

There are many reasons why the Wi-Fi connection on your Android device could be running slow. Most are completely innocent, but it could be that someone is using it without your permission. In this article, we’ll show you how to find out exactly who you’re sharing your Wi-Fi network with, and how to kick any intruders off it forever.

Who is using my Wi-Fi?

To find out who’s using your Wi-Fi, the first thing you need to do is make sure you’re connected to the Wi-Fi network you wish to monitor. Next, download the network monitoring app Fing from the link below.

Fing – Network Tools Install on Google Play

Once you’ve downloaded the app, open it, and you will see the name of your network on the home screen, along with the Refresh and Settings buttons. To see all the devices connected to your Wi-Fi network, tap Refresh.

This process could take a few minutes, but afterwards you will see a list of devices, along with an indicator that tells you if it’s a smartphone, PC, or other device.

Tap any device on your network to bring up a list of options for interacting with that device. These include sending pings or Wake on LAN signals, and you can even log when those devices connect and disconnect from the network.

fingapp Tap a device in the list (left) and you can copy its MAC address to block it / © AndroidPIT

How to block trespassing devices

If one of the devices connected to your network is unfamiliar or suspicious, your can block it forever. Fing shows you the MAC address of each device connected to your network (the number will follow this format and be made up of numbers and letters: ‘xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx’). Make a note of this number.

  • On the computer that is connected to your router, enter your router IP into the browser, then enter your router login details on the next page (to find out your router IP, use this guide)
  • Once logged into your router, find the Security options (its location varies between routers and may be located under Advanced Settings)
  • In Security, click MAC Filtering, then Add Device
  • Enter the MAC address of the device you want to ban in the MAC field, give it a name if there is such an option, then click Apply, Save or OK
  • While you’re logged into your router, it might also be worth changing your Wi-Fi password, seeing as your last one may have been compromised.

AndroidPIT router wifi 2 If people are accessing your Wi-Fi, it’s possible they may have obtained your password. / © AndroidPIT

That’s all there is to it. Have you used this method to find out who is using your Wi-Fi? Let us know in the comments.

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WhatsApp now lets you delete messages after you send them

We’ve all said things we regret sometimes, but once the cat’s out of the bag, we have to stand by our words, for good or for ill. Or do we? WhatsApp is now enabling a feature which lets you delete or revoke messages after you’ve sent them, enabling you to effectively take back what you’ve said and strike it from the record.

This is obviously fantastically useful whether you regret the content of the message, or if you’ve just sent it to the wrong person or group. Here’s how it works.

How to delete messages for all on WhatsApp 

Here’s how to permanently delete a message sent to WhatsApp, according to their official site:

  • Select the message.
  • Click on the Delete menu item.
  • Select Delete for all. 

You will have 7 minutes from sending to delete the message. Once deleted, the note “This message has been deleted” will appear in the recipient’s chat. If the message is not deleted, you will not receive any notification message and, if you’re not quick enough, the recipient may still see the message before it is deleted (a whole new WhatsApp-related anxiety to welcome to our lives).

AndroidPIT lia whatsapp 4150 You will have 7 minutes to delete the message after sending. / © ANDROIDPIT

You can delete multiple messages at the same time, including photos, videos and GIFs. Broadcast messages cannot be deleted. An important requirement for successful deletion of the message is that your contacts also have the latest WhatsApp version installed for it to work.

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How to delete messages for yourself on WhatsApp

It’s also possible to delete messages sent in chat only for yourself and not for the recipients. Why would you hide messages from yourself? Well, just in case you’re worried about someone grabbing your phone and snooping around. Here’s how it works:

  • Select the message.
  • Click on the Delete menu item.
  • Select Delete for me.

Now we’ll be able to eat our words on WhatsApp, which should allow us some discretion when it comes to unfortunate drunken texts, heated arguments, or mistaken identities. Just keep in mind that everyone involved needs the latest app version, and the deleted texts still show that *something* was deleted.

WhatsApp Messenger Install on Google Play

Have you received the WhatsApp update? Do you find the new feature useful?

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