Tin­Foil for Face­book

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Did you know that your of­fi­cial Face­book app pos­sesses many con­trols over your de­vice, so that your on­line ac­tiv­i­ties could be mon­i­tored by some­one? If you didn’t know that, then you need to wake up!

As com­mon users, we never tend to take a closer look at the per­mis­sions that our apps re­quest our de­vice. Th­ese are con­cealed in a more generic man­ner now, so you do not get a clear pic­ture about the per­mis­sions you are hand­ing over to that app. The of­fi­cial Face­book app is no ex­cep­tion.

Mon­i­tor­ing your de­vice is the eas­i­est way to keep tabs on you. And most of us use Face­book ex­ten­sively in our day-to­day lives, shar­ing in­for­ma­tion about our pri­vate lives. So you must re­alise that your pri­vacy could be eas­ily com­pro­mised.

Tin­Foil for Face­book uses a wrap­per around the mo­bile site of Face­book, and thereby pro­vides a sand­box for the Face­book cook­ies, which are sep­a­rated from the nor­mal brows­ing cook­ies. This en­sures that your brows­ing in­for­ma­tion will be safely kept in­side, in­stead of be­ing leaked via other means.

Tin­Foil for Face­book also pro­vides more pri­vacy by en­sur­ing that all other links you visit in­side Face­book are opened within the app in­stead of be­ing opened in an ex­ter­nal browser.

This app can track your lo­ca­tion by en­abling the ‘Al­low Check-ins’ un­der ‘Pref­er­ences’. But you can dis­able this fea­ture any­time you want. Also, you can kill this app once you’re done brows­ing, so that you don’t have to worry whether it is run­ning in the back­ground or sync­ing your data with­out your knowl­edge.

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