Facebook's 'Protect' feature on iOS essentially installs spyware on iPhone and iPad

Facebook's 'Protect' feature on iOS essentially installs spyware on iPhone and iPad

Clicking this option will redirect you to the App Store where you can download Onavo Protect, a VPN app made by the Israeli startup Onavo, which Facebook acquired in 2013. The fact that Facebook owns Onavo is not readily apparent to those who might be thinking the app is an independent privacy tool unless you read its full description.

Facebook is rolling out a fresh security feature called Protect to its app that is essentially Spyware.

Using a VPN has a few advantages. What's more, a VPN service can mask your own IP address from those websites, helping you to traverse the net without surrendering locational data. It wasn't clear at the time if it was the next big thing, or just a flash in the pan.

A new Facebook-owned mobile VPN has been released and it's got some corners of the internet in a spin. It also offered data analytics services to mobile publishers to help them keep track of their app's performance.

Onavo Protect (left) promises to secure iPhones and iPads by routing online traffic through its secure servers.

'The app may collect your mobile data traffic to help us recognise tactics that bad actors use.


While the VPN app is created to give users "peace of mind" and "an added layer of security" by routing your web browsing through its servers, the company also analyzes and collects users data to improve its services as well as Facebook's products and services. "Because we're part of Facebook, we also use this info to improve Facebook products and services, gain insights into the products and services people value, and build better experiences".

Facebook can use that data to track what users do online even when they're not on one of its websites. This...is not that. So, do yourself a favor and stay away from it.

Thankfully, if you're anxious about snooping on public Wi-Fi networks, just make sure the website you're connecting to uses HTTPS-or that the app you're using encrypts your connection. Safari also warns you about fradulent, phishing websites by default as well.

This data has already helped Facebook in a number of ways, most notably in its battle with Snapchat.

If you'd like to use a VPN service, there are literally tens of thousands to choose from. We have a guide to finding the best VPN service for your needs here, and that should give you some insight, depending on what you want to do (shift your location, encrypt your traffic, and so on). The good ones cost money - usually $6 to $13 a month.

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