Facebook says it has patched a security hole related to a little-known phone number search within Facebook.
Last Friday, independent security researcher Suriya Prakesh published a blog post in which he claimed that a€?98 percent of your phone numbers [on Facebook] are not safe.a€? In the post, Prakesh demonstrated that a brute-force attack could be used to lookup sequential phone numbers on Facebook and match them with their respective user names. But first, a little background: It seems as though not many people realize this, but if you know someonea€™s phone number you can usually easily look them up on Facebook. Let me explain, because (surprise, surprise) Facebook doesna€™t make that distinction very clear. When you add a phone number or an email address to your Facebook profile, you can choose whether it shows up to everyone, friends only, just yourself, or to a custom list of people.
By default, this setting is set to allow everyone and anyone to search for your email address or phone number on Facebook to find your Facebook profile.
So what Prakesh discovered was that Facebooka€™s phone number lookup, coupled with peoplea€™s ignorance of how Facebook privacy works (or rather, doesna€™t work), could be exploited using a few choice pieces of code.
Anyway, Facebook said Wednesday that it fixed thisa€“Prakesha€™s post now notes that he can no longer look up 10,000 phone numbers at a time. Facebooka€™s phone number and email address lookup feature has long been the stalkera€™s secret. Prakesha€™s exploit used sequential phone numbersa€“he didna€™t know the phone numbers of the people he was trying to find, he was just harvesting numbers.
The easiest solution is to not add your phone number or email address to your Facebook account.
This is pretty easya€“and a lot of people do it, thinking it will make their information completely private. After you make your email address and phone number private, you have to also make them unsearchable.
Go to How You Connect > Edit Settings > Who can look you up using the email address or phone number you provided? Amazon Shop buttons are programmatically attached to all reviews, regardless of products' final review scores.
PCWorld helps you navigate the PC ecosystem to find the products you want and the advice you need to get the job done. Frozen Fiefdom - AFFIDAVIT OF ANNA KATHRYN SANDERS, Former ALASKA STATE TROOPER, and MY OLDER SISTERA A Fortunately, someone's curious questions reminded me that I still have much more information to publish, including this Affidavit. Specifically, the social network now limits the number of phone number lookups that any given IP address can perform on Facebook. Simply type the phone number into Facebooka€™s search bar and any profile associated with that phone number will pop upa€”even if that person has set their phone number to private. There are two different privacy settings associated with phone numbers (and email addresses) on Facebook: One relates to what shows up on your profile, and one relates to what others can use to look you up on Facebook.
And since many people assume that setting their phone number or email address to private on their profile means that ita€™s private, most people never realize they need to change this setting as well.


Facebook did say that, at the time of Prakesha€™s experiment, it had a system in place for a€?preventing the malicious usage of [its] search functionality,a€? but it has since tweaked the system to be a little more sensitive. I admit to using it a time or two when Ia€™ve been curious, or when Ia€™ve wanted to find someone who has a particularly generic name.
Facebook doesna€™t require a phone number (except for some features, such as two-factor authentication), but it does require an email address. On your About page, go to Contact Info > Edit (youa€™ll have to re-enter your password), and then check out the column on the right-hand side. Our parent company, IDG, receives advertisement revenue for shopping activity generated by the links. However, the other privacy setting, which relates to what people can use to look up your Facebook profile, is tucked away in Facebooka€™s privacy settings, under How You Connect.
I suggest setting up a a€?social networking-onlya€? email address to use just for Facebook and junk mail. Next to each piece of contact info you have listed, click the little arrow and choose Only Me. You cana€™t choose Only Me for this settinga€“but you can prevent people who are not your explicit Facebook friends from looking you up using a phone number or an email address.
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A  Due to the format of the B of A email, and the copious amounts of "filler" statements they use; the series is a bit difficult to follow. Sanders.A  I wonder how accurate her formal reports were when she was an Alaska State Trooper? A  I usually write correspondence to fit the lowest common denominator, but how low can one go?A  Although I'm willing to bet that if I reverted to primal grunts, and what could be considered a primitive, yet well understood gesture even in our modern world; that someone on the other side of the Banking Center counter might have their mind bulb flash, if only momentarily. I have a few of my portion of the email, as I cut and pasted it into my regular email service; don't know how they lost theirs. They relate to the Merlin Teller, and how a fully paid balance of mine is being carried on their books as an outstanding balance on their system for months after I paid the account in full, probably sometime in October of 2007. I was repeatedlyA  told this same information by various B of AA  staff that I spoke with in person, numerous times, in various locations, but I did not record the conversations and wish that I had. When first asked how and why they would do that; as it didn't sound logical or legal to me, I was informed by more than one staff person at more than one branch that it was expected to be carried for 16 to 19 Additional months!A  That is some kind of accounting system.
A  That didn't sound accurate, as I was able to access the information on both the old 3732 account AND the new account until approximately January of 2008, and the phone rep I spoke who made arrangements for a balance transfer from another VISA Account I have at another bank for me on either April 3 or 4, 2008, said he would have copies of those 3732 statements mailed to me that day, at no charge to me.A  (I have received an envelope at my P. Box from B of A; I'll expect the contents are the account statements, but won't know for certain until they are forwarded to me.
A  There's an Unsolved Mystery right there:A  How could I have been "Found" by LAPD or anyone, when I was never "Missing" nor Lost?


A  Bank of America?A  I'm almost on their side for this particular incident; as I know that avoiding lawsuits and payouts is high on their priority list.
Unless some staffer slipped up, yapped out my private account activity, and didn't take time to note it in my file.
A  I assumed she was feeling a bit down over the slumping economy and her own financial position, and wasn't keeping up with personal grooming, and wasn't concerned about her appearance. Grant would like to request the videotapes of the Key West Airport baggage claim during my arrival on that date, so we can all have a review of the appearance of Anna, and me.
Please do your employer a favor, and provide me with the written documentation that I have repeatedly requested.A  Thanks for your cooperation. Stockton: Please forward this email to someone up the ladder who can provide WRITTEN confirmation and information on who requested, and was provided, information on my Visa Card ending in 3732, activity in July or August of 2007. Grant, Attorney at Law, Juneau, AK From Wedding Bells to Tales to Tell: The Affidavit of Eric William Swanson, my former spouse AFFIDAVIT OF SHANNON MARIE MCCORMICK, My Former Best Friend THE AFFIDAVIT OF VALERIE BRITTINA ROSE, My daughter, aged 21 THE BEAGLE BRAYS! Rose, Good afternoon and thank you for contacting Bank of America in regards to account documentation.
HELL'S BELLS: THE TELLS OF THE ELVES RING LOUD AND CLEAR IDENTITY THEFT, MISINFORMATION, AND THE GETTING THE INFAMOUS RUNAROUND Double Entendre and DoubleSpeak, Innuendos and Intimidation, Coercion v Common Sense, Komply (with a K) v Knowledge = DDIICCKK; Who's Gunna Call it a Draw? AFFIDAVIT OF ANNA KATHRYN SANDERS, Former ALASKA STATE TROOPER, and MY OLDER SISTERA A Fortunately, someone's curious questions reminded me that I still have much more information to publish, including this Affidavit. A  How about some facts, such as the Officer's name, time, location of the vehicle, etc. For B of A to be carrying its customers former credits and debits on their books for 16 plus months would be an accounting nightmare, in addition to being out of compliance with several Federal Banking Regulations. Please adjust all records statingA A  any balance due on my past and present Visa accounts to reflect the current credit balance only.A  Also, please update day ph.
A  But do note that when I asked him a specific question about them, he couldn't answer it.
A  And he didn't volunteer any details on the account maintenance that he appeared to have access to.A A  A A  This message is not flagged. A Can you please provide me with your 16 digit credit card number so I can review your account? Gordon: The minimum payment is 1% of your balance and any finance charges and applicable fees.
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