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Facebook Offers A VPN Client Under 'Protect' Option For iOS

Facebook Offers A VPN Client Under 'Protect' Option For iOS

If you were to stumble on Onavo Protect in the App Store, you'd have to tap More and read the full description to discover that.

When users click "Protect" in the "Apps" section of the Facebook mobile app, they are sent to the "Onavo Protect - VPN Security" App Store listing where they can download the service for free.

What Onavo does instead is the exact opposite, a violation of your anonymity. This is because Facebook had acquired Onavo back in 2013, meaning that any data Onavo has basically belongs to Facebook.

'Like other VPNs, it acts as a secure connection to protect people from potentially harmful sites.

The problem with this, according to the report, is that Onavo collects data on what apps users are using and how much they are using them. Apparently in 2016, users in the United Kingdom were exposed to the VPN.

It seems that much of the outcry is that Facebook is the one benefiting from your information, rather than the information it's recording.

'I've read too many VPN company privacy policies and I can pick out the nonsense a mile away.'

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Onavo does clearly state Protect is owned by Facebook, and that it shares information with the company but, per Apple App Store's design, the information is found under the expanded "description" tab. "We let people know about this activity and other ways that Onavo uses and analyses data before they download it", Naveh added. The app describes itself as part of Facebook, and says right out that it's used to "improve Facebook products and services, gain insights into the products and service people value, and build better experiences".

There are several advantages of using a VPN, but the most important of them all might be the ability to give someone a degree of anonymity.

All VPNs, by definition, have access to all of your browsing data. It's another thing when the company in question is part of Facebook, and that data can be combined with both any data you've allowed Facebook to have and any data about you that people you know have inadvertently provided to Facebook. The Onavo Protect app is now installed on more than 33 million devices, and it's unclear how many of those users know just how much of their data is being sent back to Facebook while it's in use.

And, who's to say the data Facebook collects will not be subpoenaed or requested by law enforcement? We recommend all but hardcore Facebook fans avoid using the service. It also appears to be saying it monitors activity across applications.

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.

Facebook maintains that its data-tracking benefits users also.

To provide this layer of protection, Onavo uses a VPN to establish a secure connection to direct all of your network communications through Onavo's servers.


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