How Long Will Wi-Fi Protect You from Carrier Monetization Programs?

Do Carriers Track You?

In the last couple of weeks, several reports on carriers’ plans and practices to track and analyze their mobile web traffic caught the attention of consumers and privacy watchers.

According to media reports, US and international carriers are experimenting with inserting unique identifiers into the data traffic flowing between your smart phone and websites you visit.   Read more

Wi-Fi Troubleshooting: Guilty until Proven Innocent

WizShark: A picture is worth a thousand packets

More often than not, when things don’t work as they should, Wi-Fi is the obvious scapegoat even though the problems aren’t necessarily Wi-Fi specific.

In fact, I’ve come to expect this “guilty until proven innocent” rational. My job is to investigate, get to the root of the problem, and then propose a plan of action to remedy the situation. Such is the life of a troubleshooting Jedi! There’s never a dull moment, something is always happening.   Read more

What Facebook friends info is shared during social login, and does it spam them?

Social Media Security

Will my friends get spam if I use Facebook social login? What information about my friends will be shared? These questions come to many when faced with the Facebook login option on websites and captive portals. This post seeks to answer these questions from the technical standpoint.

Graph API is the Facebook’s API that enables apps to read and write to the Facebook social graph. The discussion here is with respect to the API version 2.0 (released in April 2014) and later versions. To leverage the Graph API, there first needs to be a Facebook app. The app can be easily created in any Facebook account from the menu options. By default, apps can access the social login user’s public profile, email and friends list in the Facebook social graph. For access to additional information, the app needs to go through review and vetting process with Facebook. For illustrative purposes, let’s take the example of a consumer facing business that creates an app called “Da Brand” with default access rights.   Read more