There are two ways to log in on websites: try to recall the email address and password you registered with — or simply hit the "Facebook Login" button.
The convenience of the latter underscores the popularity of social authentication options. You'll see Facebook and Google login buttons on popular sites including Netflix, Uber, Spotify, Imgur and Linkedin, just to name some.
Facebook itself estimates that some 350 million people log into a new app or site with their Facebook credentials every month.
Olga Kuznetsova, Engineering Manager at Facebook told us that the Facebook Login button ranks in the top three of consumer account creation and sign-in preferences worldwide. Read more...More about Security, Google, Mobile Connect, Gsma, and Facebook
Earlier this week, sketchy-looking app Facezam caught the internet's attention, and whipped up some controversy. It was all just a hoax engineered by a marketing company looking to score some viral gold. But that doesn't mean you still shouldn't be watching this story.
The app was touted as "Shazam for faces," with its "makers" claiming it'd let users upload photos of strangers, then, leverage Facebook's repository of profile pictures to identify the people in those photos.
Facezam raised red flags immediately. The scant marketing materials made it even worse. They declared that "privacy is over" and used a sexualized image of a woman to show how the bogus product supposedly worked: Just take a picture of an innocent person, let the app find their profile on Facebook and "the rest is up to you." Read more...More about Security, Privacy, Facebook, Facial Recognition, and Tech
If the government wants your data, they're probably going to get it — one way or another.
As many are belatedly realizing under the administration of Donald Trump, Fourth Amendment protections against "unreasonable search and seizure" pretty much go up in smoke at the U.S. border. Travelers entering the country have long been accustomed to handing over luggage for inspection, but the amount and scope of private information kept on phones and laptops means that with a simple search Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials are now able to peer into the most intimate details of people's lives. Read more...More about Cbp, Encryption, Security, Smartphones, and Tech