privacy – How is it possible for someone to ‘add you’ on Facebook Messenger?

I recently received a message request on Facebook Messenger, however unlike a normal message request where someone actually sends you a message, the request just said that the user had ‘added me on Messenger’. As far as I can see there is no actual feature to just ‘add’ someone on Messenger without sending them a message. There is no button for me to accept or decline the request, I can only delete the thread or block them.

After looking it seems that a long time ago it used to be a feature that you could add people but I don’t think this has been available for a while. Does anybody know how this person has managed to add me? I’m slightly concerned that they might somehow have my phone number and it’s creating privacy concerns.

google analytics – Small web service, gdpr, privacy policy etc

I have created a simple API based service for developers. And I am stacked for a few days with gdpr and legal stuff.

  1. I am using firebase auth, to track users and API usage.
  2. I want to show an ads from a Google AdWords.
  3. I am collect google analytics on website.

I checked tons of information in internet. And found a lot of things that should to be done.

  • cookie contest
  • privacy policy
  • Delete account process
  • Possibility to request all data for user.
  • Store cookie contest results

It is quite complex to follow all of this rules. I there some way to optimize it. Example to use google analytics and adsense without cookies.

Is there some frameworks that could cover all the questions. And can be easily settled up on a site?
Do I miss something in a list?
Do I really need to follow all of this rules, or it is applicable only for a big companies?

❕NEWS – Apple’s ios 14 is more protective towards customers’ privacy | Proxies123.com

As reported by the next web, ios 14, Apple latest and newest operating system will introduce much needed privacy feature that most people would certainly welcome – the requirement for users’ permission before apps are allowed to collect their data. This big security update, albeit a late one, was met with backlash from advertisers and many other companies that gain money by stealing people’s data like Facebook and Google. Facebook warned that the move would reduce their ads revenue while other companies like DMG Media even threatened to delete their app from Apple’s app store.

New Safari 14.0 Intelligent Tracking Prevention vs DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials

I’ve recently updated Safari to version 14.0 and now there’s a new Intelligent Tracking Prevention panel showing blocked trackers.

I’ve been using DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials extension for blocking trackers for 2 years now, and I’m now ondering if it is still useful after this safari update?

In the Safari panel there’s this message:

Known trackers are independently identified by DuckDuckGo.

So they probably works the same. Can I remove DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials extension, or I will lose something doing so?

bluehost – Is the EPP/Auth code confidential? Support rep asking for it to disable domain privacy

I have a domain name registered with Bluehost having their Domain Privacy enabled. The control panel is bugging and won’t let me disable it, so I contacted the support via chat and they’re asking me for the EPP code to disable the privacy.

As far as I understand,

  • the EPP (Auth) code is required for transfers between registrars only, and shouldn’t be needed for one registrar to disable a feature somewhere in their internal billing
  • it is also a password of a kind, therefore the we’ll never ask for your password logic should apply

The domain is pending transfer and is currently unlocked. So should I give the Bluehost rep my domain EPP code? Is it common for support to ask for a EPP code?

I was talking to them via helpchat.bluehost.com, so the chat platform seems legit, to my knowledge. I wanted to contact Bluehost regarding this, but they don’t seem to offer e-mail support anymore.

bluehost – Is the EPP code confidential? Support rep asking for it to disable domain privacy

I have a domain name registered with Bluehost having their Domain Privacy enabled. The control panel is bugging and won’t let me disable it, so I contacted the support via chat and they’re asking me for the EPP code to disable the privacy.

As far as I understand,

  • the EPP (Auth) code is required for transfers between registrars only, and shouldn’t be needed for one registrar to disable a feature somewhere in their internal billing
  • it is also a password of a kind, therefore the we’ll never ask for your password logic should apply

The domain is pending transfer and is currently unlocked. So should I give the Bluehost rep my domain EPP code? Is it common for support to ask for a EPP code?

I was talking to them via helpchat.bluehost.com, so the chat platform seems legit, to my knowledge. I wanted to contact Bluehost regarding this, but they don’t seem to offer e-mail support anymore.

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privacy – Looking for a secure project management platform for our group to use

Our group is a non-profit (most of us are volunteers) with a limited budget doing community awareness on the topic of safe technology use to support health and safety.

We are looking for a project management platform that is safe, secure (data encrypted?), and has a good track record of not having any past security breaches. We need the platform to organize our meetings and activities, as well as facilitate our information and document sharing.

We are looking for project management platform options that have measures in place that would make it difficult, if not impossible, for others to steal information/documents and/or take note of what we are doing/sharing.

Any suggestions on where to look?

privacy – Security risks of using Android VPNs?

I download a VPN app from Google Play and start a firewall on my Android phone. Now, I open the VPN app and I can see the VPN requesting to its server. Quite normal.

When the VPN gets connected, the firewall on the Android phone is disabled. I know that apps can request for various permissions and some of them are automatically granted (Like the internet permission). Also, recently I heard about Bad Tor exit nodes. Those can be used to inspect network traffic.

  1. What information can the VPN collect? i.e. MAC, Device ID, IP, ISP

  2. What are the ways to stop them from collecting this info?

  3. Can VPN vendors do something similar to Tor?

  4. Can ISP sniff VPN traffic (Poorly configured free VPNs)?