With social media engulfing our lives, privacy is not what it used to be, but Facebook Most Used Words is compromising your privacy at a whole new level.
Besides Facebook that requires personal information, the apps you ran into are also requesting permission to access your profile information. Of course, it is up to you if you choose to give that permission but once you say ‘no’, you can also say ‘goodbye’ to the app.
The Most Used Words app
Unfortunately one application takes things a bit too far concerning personal information privacy. The app is called Most Used Words and was made by Vonvon. It accesses your information to create a nicely designed cloud of words you’ve used most often. Of course, this is all fun and potentially emotional, until you realize the app knows way too much about you.
Most Used Words app doesn’t only request your profile information, but also wants to see everything you ever liked or commented on plus your friends list. It is even able to gather information about your computer and IP address, the browser you are using, basically everything that can be used to steal your personal info.
Even when you thing of the nicely design cloud that consist of everything you most like to talk about, including you family, friends, pets, school, work and so on, you can easily realize that a hacker can get inspired from that list if he wants to learn your web accounts passwords.
The company’s CEO, David Hahn explains that the reason behind this massive information gathering is that their future apps will work more smoothly, without constantly requesting to access your personal account. However, given the situation they agreed on changing their policy and requesting to access only public information available on your Facebook page.
How to protect your personal information
Nevertheless, if you already started using the app, but want to make sure your privacy is not compromised, you can try do make some changes to what you post on Facebook. For example you can change your name or lie about your age or stop sharing your location every time you update your status. As a last resort, you can always deactivate your account. In this way, your personal information won’t be compromised as long as it’s not there.
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