Here’s an online tool that will creep you out. Stalkscan is a new tool that will show you just how easy it is to find any public information on Facebook. The tool shows you just how much data Facebook has about you at its disposal and more importantly, just how little your privacy settings really matter.
According to the creator of the tool, Stalkscan doesn’t violate Facebook’s terms and conditions and all data available through it can be found via Graph Search, just not in such an easy way. Posts and pictures and so on that have the “only me” privacy setting will remain just so and can’t be seen by anyone else.
Created by Inti De Ceukelaire, an ethical hacker from Belgium, Stalkscan uses Graph Search to offer up loads of insight into people who may or may not be your friends on Facebook. If they’re your friends, when you search for photos, for instance, you’ll see all the pictures they’ve been tagged in, like you would if you accessed their profiles. If they’re not, you’re only going to see pictures they’ve been publicly tagged in, so at least there’s that.
What takes things to the creepy corner is that it’s not just pictures you can see, but also comments, events they’ve attended and events they plan to attend, posts, places they’ve checked in at, as well as people they may work with, classmates and family members.
Graph Search launched back in 2013, is a powerful search engine that allowed users to get data from multiple sources in an easier way. While the feature itself has been around for so long, it’s never been used with such ease. The great part, however, is that if you’ve been careful when setting your privacy levels, you shouldn’t be too worried about stalkers and what they could get.
If you’ve set your profile so only friends can see your posts, they’re the only ones that can see your activity put together. Similarly, Stalkscan will only be able to pull the comments and posts liked that were already public, for instance.
While Stalkscan doesn’t go around your privacy settings, it is chilling to see just how much information you can find on people you may or may not know. Graph Search has a lot of reach into your posts and Stalkscan simply takes advantage of that, putting it all in a clean interface.
As a reminder to everyone – please make sure your privacy settings are up to par and that nothing you post is under the wrong privacy level you want it to be.
Spotify Pulls the Plug on its Car View Feature
Spotify is taking away the Car View feature, a report says, just as users began to notice it unexpectedly missing. Car View, available through the Spotify app for iOS and Android, had a more streamlined interface and playback controls to make for a better way to play music while driving.
“We can confirm that we’re retiring the car view feature,” a moderator on Spotify’s forums wrote. “This, however, doesn’t mean we don’t want to improve on how our users listen to Spotify while driving. On the contrary, we’re actively exploring a variety of new ways to deliver the best in-car listening experience. Think of retiring car view as something that needs to happen in an effort to make way for new innovations coming down the track.”
The move was viewed with skepticism by some users, who have posited that the company is instead just trying to push its upcoming “Car Thing” program on users. Car Thing is an $80 smart device player, designed for use in cars, which isn’t available except for preorder in the U.S. as of right now.
The aforementioned moderator said on the forum that the company was looking for the best way to have an in-car listening experience. Spotify has not offered any alternatives as of press time, though a moderator has said users could make use of Google Assistant for hands-free music control, along with a Google Maps feature to allow for listeners to control music playback.
WhatsApp May Be Building a new Communities Feature
WhatsApp may be working on a new “communities” feature that allows group admins greater control. With the feature, admins will be able to create separate clusters of people within a group, who are tied to specific activities. For example – some people might be interested in movies, others in music, and group admins can filter them to specific communities.
Group admins can also invite other people into the community by using a link, which can be shared publicly or privately. Another thing to note is that you may not be able to interact with all groups within a community when you join.
The feature was first spotted by XDA Developers and now WABetaInfo has also seen evidence on a recent test build. This means that the feature has not hit Beta channels yet, and is currently being worked on. While unknown at this time, WhatsApp may also ship some advanced tools for group admins when it is released.
WhatsApp will also differentiate Groups from Communities using subtle design cues, like using a square profile image with rounded borders for Communities while maintaining the circular profile image for Groups.
Recently, WhatsApp announced a slew of new features that will roll out on the platform very soon. This includes new Undo buttons while editing images or video, an option to convert stickers into images, a new control bar for videos that use Picture-in-Picture (PIP), an option to enable notifications for reactions, and new privacy settings that gives you more control over your profile and info.
MakeMyTrip and Amazon Pay Partner up to Offer Travel Services
Amazon Pay and MakeMyTrip India, a fully owned subsidiary of Nasdaq-listed MakeMyTrip Ltd, have announced a strategic partnership offering travel services on Amazon.in on a long-term basis. The booking options will be available across Amazon’s mobile app and website.
The partnership is likely to help Amazon Pay provide value to its customers with access to MakeMyTrip’s travel offerings. Rajesh Magow, co-founder and Group CEO of MakeMyTrip, said, “There is an accelerated digital shift happening as a result of the pandemic and through this partnership, we look forward to making travel bookings extremely convenient for new adopters, thereby increasing the online penetration of travel bookings.”
Mahendra Nerurkar, CEO & VP, Amazon Pay India, added, “Our partnership will benefit our customers, allowing them to choose from the offerings and services across the country, followed with the ease of using Amazon Pay, facilitating a seamless journey.”
MakeMyTrip will be able to expand its distribution via Amazon Pay’s large customer base, especially in smaller cities and towns and accelerate online booking of travel services across the country. Amazon Pay aims at smoothening the booking and travelling experience for customers, extending the convenience of making online transactions from anywhere to anyone instantly.
Amazon Pay which has a co-branded credit card with ICICI Bank will also let customers earn cashback rewards on bookings and with Amazon Pay Later customers can book tickets and pay next month with no interest.
Customers can also use different payment modes on Amazon Pay, including Amazon Pay Balance & Amazon Pay UPI to make their payments frictionless. Booking of bus services via Redbus is already live on Amazon.in and other travel services powered by MakeMyTrip will be going live over the next few months.
India’s online travel services market in is likely to touch $56 billion by 2024 with MakeMyTrip, Airbnb Inc., Cleartrip Pvt. Ltd., and Yatra Online Inc, being the key players in the segment, said Technavio, a technology research firm.
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