Why you shouldn't use Facebook’s new ‘Protect’ feature: Software installs spyware on iPhones that can track your every move

Mail Online | 2/14/2018 | Tim Collins For Mailonline
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It may seem like an easy way to ensure your safety online, but Facebook's new Protect feature could be tracking your every move.

Onavo Protect, bought by the social networking company back in 2013, is being promoted to users of the iOS version of its app.

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It promises to secure iPhones and iPads by routing online traffic through its servers, using a process called virtual private networking (VPN).

What is not immediately apparent when you sign up, however, is that the service can be used to spy on your browsing habits, including your use of rival social networking apps.

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The push to promote Onavo Protect was first spotted in the US version of the Facebook app for Apple devices.

VPNs are often used by the security conscious to maintain their anonymity and privacy online.

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They are also popular for bypassing restrictions on free speech in a number of authoritarian states across the globe, including China.

However, small-print found on Onavo's page on the App Store reveals its potential to be used for more than just security purposes.

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

'As part of this process, Onavo collects your mobile data traffic.

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