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Facebook's Protect iOS feature effectively installs spyware on iPhones and iPads

Facebook's Protect iOS feature effectively installs spyware on iPhones and iPads

Facebook's Protect iOS feature effectively installs spyware on iPhones and iPads

"We recently began letting people in the USA access Onavo Protect from the Facebook app on their iOS devices", Erez Naveh, Product Manager at Onavo, explained the situation in an email.

And as if that was not enough, Facebook rolled out another product named "Onavo Protect - VPN Security" meant to help users manage mobile data either by limiting an app's data usage or by setting them to use only a WiFi connection. "We let people know about this activity and other ways that Onavo uses and analyses data before they download it". Facebook reportedly already knew of Snap's struggles before they were ever disclosed.

It further mentions that Facebook also uses this data to "improve" its products and services. However, Facebook bought Ovano for the exact opposite reason. We have a full rundown on what VPNs do here, but put simply: a VPN encrypts all your internet traffic and routes it through a server somewhere else. Take a look at the app description, and you may well understand why.

A VPN is supposed to prevent your broadband or wireless provider from tracking you across the world wide net so that you can browse in peace. But, as with all things free, there's a big catch. Erez Naveh, Product Manager at Onavo, told TechCrunch that the app collects mobile data traffic to "help us recognize tactics that bad actors use".

See, Facebook can track a lot of what you do on the web, but it can't track what you do in other apps on your phone.

Image Screen captures by Anthony Caruana from iOS 11
Image Screen captures by Anthony Caruana from iOS 11

VPNs work by forcing your laptop or mobile device to establish a connection to a third-party server before then connecting you to any websites or online services.

Apparently, Facebook is pushing its users to download and install a Facebook-owned VPN client called "Onavo Protect" on their devices under the pretext of protecting their account. Plus, Facebook linked to the Onavo Protect app in the United Kingdom version of the Facebook app (on both iOS and Android) starting in 2016, though there was little reporting on that fact then.

IRONY IN TECH is such a tasty dish, with the latest serving arriving in the form of Facebook's "Protect" security tool that effectively installing spyware on iPhones and iPads. But Facebook can see a lot-if that app doesn't encrypt its own traffic, in fact, they can see almost everything you do in that app. It also appears to be saying it monitors activity across applications. In the last few days, users have discovered a new option when you tap the hamburger button to access your pages, shortcuts, and settings. You won't find many that are free, though if you're dead set against paying, TunnelBear is a decent option that does have a free tier limited to 500MB per month-which should be enough for the occasional coffee shop browsing on your phone.

As the Wall Street Journal points out, Facebook is using Protect to collect information about the apps you visit so it can gain an advantage over competitors.

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