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FB Need to GTFO of our Phones.

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by James2, May 2, 2015.

  1. James2

    James2 Supreme Member

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    I knew in very loose terms that there where privacy issues with FB, but thought if I don't use the website, I'm cool. I was wrong.

    I have an expensive phone with an Android operating system and today I thought I would clear out some apps so it ran more efficiently. So there I was removing non essential apps and then I got to FB: it can't be removed from my phone. It simply cant be uninstalled.

    So, I look more closely at the app and I find out it can do the following:

    Read my phone's calls and who they are to/from
    See my location
    Modify and read my contact card
    Modify my calendar
    Email people without my knowledge
    Read confidential information
    Access my Twitter account
    Create accounts and set passwords from my phone
    Take pictures and videos
    Modify or delete my SD card
    Modify my contacts, read my contacts

    And so on and so on...

    WTF!

    Firstly, how dare they force themselves into anyone's life without permission.
    Secondly, how dare the phone manufacture sell me a phone that costs a weeks wages and essentially add spyware to the phone that I can't remove.
    Thirdly, how is this even legal? If I spied on my neighbour in any way, I'd be arrested.
    And finally, I'm now 100% convinced that the feds are behind FB. All that crap about Zuckerberg setting it up for his mates in college is lies.
    Oh and what can we all do about this? I fear we are all sleepwalking into a surveillance society.

    James
     
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  2. acidol2

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    I forgot the term, but can't you unlock the phone, or root it and delete system apps like that?
    I've always hated FB, and never used it on my phone nor will I ever, but I'm sure theres a possible way to remove systems apps like.
     
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  3. Repulsor

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    Root the phone and remove everyshit you want to remove. Else, live with it. Lets say, FB paid the phone company 10000x the money you paid for the phone, and thats why the app sits there.
     
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  4. James2

    James2 Supreme Member

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    Thanks acidol2. I was actually just reading up on the rooting thing. I will work it out thanks. I don't think the average Joe will know about that. I never. I wonder how many people don't bother and just let the app stay there?
     
  5. James2

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    For sure, of course FB pay them. It just seems outrageous how we are expected to actually pay to be spied on. It's made me very angry.
     
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  7. James2

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    Feel free to cut and paste man :)
     
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  8. Aatrox

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    There is a problem with rooting guys, at least at my place - I lose warranty to my phone then. Yeah, you can root and un-root but if they find any trace that the phone has been just slightly modified, they will use that and tell me that they don't need to fix my phone if it comes to that. I really think that they put a lot more work into searching for an excuse not to fix the phone instead actually trying to fix the problem. Also I bought expensive phone and I was really disappointed when I saw all the apps I can't remove. Luckily for me, I was able to remove FB, but I still have messenger which is the same shit. How do we even fight that?

    On the other note (kind related to this) from 1 of May, we are now able to unlock every phone for free with our operator. That's at least something, we can now buy phones and if the amp up the prices or something, we can just tell them to unlock it for free and we can switch. We also got the option to TEST a network for 7 days. We pay only what we spend and then either go to that operator or just switch back. We're going in the right direction, but it's still long way from getting apps not to read EVERY SINGLE THING on my damn phone.
     
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  9. James2

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    Nice post mate. Thank you. What country are you in if I may ask? I'm in the UK, so maybe that new rule won't apply here.
     
  10. twist13

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    Still, unlocking it cannot remove the system apps, it can only give you the option to transfer to another carrier. The only way to delete system apps is to root your phone, and you always void your warranty when you root it, no matter if you unroot it afterwards.
    If you don't want to do that, you can simply disable them from the application section in settings and they won't work.
     
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  11. Aatrox

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    I'm in Croatia.

    I know you can't remove system apps by unlocking it. That's why I started the line with: "On the other note (kind related to this)" I was just saying that this is actually going in the right direction, but it's gonna be a lot harder to fight that battle.
     
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  12. diemou

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    Would be cool but this is permissions are very old :p FB messenger can do everything in your phone
     
  13. Scraper9

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    You asked ''how is this legal?'', and in the next sentence you answered the question by yourself.
    I fully agree with you.
     
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  14. Asif WILSON Khan

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    OP, are you worried they might be posting your selfie cock pics on the noticeboard at FB headquarters? :p
     
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  15. GroundUp

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    Don't forget all the google apps that android installs. To tell you truth if you have a phone and you are worried about privacy you are fighting a losing battle. They spy through everything including the SIM cards as we heard more recently.
     
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  16. diemou

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    Holy shieeeet . Time to delete it
     
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    It's just simple app permissions to access your photos and calendars & shit to use it with their app / functions / sync. Every complex app is asking for the same permissions basically.
    If I get it right, no one is spying on you much either you can root your android device to remove whatever you need.
     
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  18. James2

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    LMFAO! I hope those bastards do see my sausage and it upsets them. "Cock selfie" lol!
     
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  19. Lermontov

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    OP it's actually easy to remove without rooting.
     
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    I don't even use facebook on my phone anymore. I don't even go on facebook that much anymore to be honest. I only really go on it to email family overseas. Before that I just used their email address, but they don't check their emails anymore.
     
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