【个人信息是如何泄露的?“推荐好友”告诉你】

【个人信息是如何泄露的?“推荐好友”告诉你】技术人员发布一款叫PYMK Inspector的免费工具,可以列出每一个出现在社交媒体“推荐好友”列表中的人(其中包括一些从未联络或失散已久的亲友),揭示社交媒体如何使用你的个人信息并追踪你的社会网络。

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Does Facebook recommend 'friends' you have NO connection with online? New tool could help uncover exactly how the site makes it creepy 'People You May Know' suggestions

  • Free software lists every person Facebook suggests you might know
  • This can help you track how the platform uses your personal information 
  • Facebook's friend suggestions have frequently left users unnerved
  • The feature often finds familiar faces with no mutual Facebook connections
  • Last year the social network helped a user find her long-lost great aunt
  • Facebook linked the two despite them having never met or contacted one another online 

 

You can now track how Facebook recommends new friends through its creepy 'People You May Know' feature.

A free tool lists every person Facebook suggests you know to help you uncover how the platform uses your personal information.

People You May Know (PYMK) has frequently left Facebook users unnerved by its ability to find familiar faces with no mutual connections on the social network.

In August, a user said the feature had suggested her long-lost great aunt as a friend, despite the two having never met or contacted one another.

Now, Gizmodo has created a 'PYMK Inspector' to find out how Facebook makes these seemingly impossible connections.

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You can now track how Facebook recommends new friends through its creepy People You May Know feature. A free tool lists every person Facebook suggests you know to help you track how the platform uses your personal information (stock image) 

You can now track how Facebook recommends new friends through its creepy People You May Know feature. A free tool lists every person Facebook suggests you know to help you track how the platform uses your personal information (stock image)

HOW TO USE THE PYMK TRACKER

1) Download the app installer on a Mac computer. The software does not work on a smartphone or non-Mac PC.

2) Once downloaded, open the installer and copy the 'PYMK Inspector' app to your Applications folder

3) Go to your Applications folder and open the app. It should appear in your task bar.

4) Go to Inspector settings and enter your Facebook login details. Gizmodo says it will not store your credentials or your PYMK data.

5) You can test the app by clicking on 'Run it now'.

While Facebook claims PYMK mainly uses uploaded contacts, mutual friends, and shared schools, hometowns or jobs to find potential friends, it says the feature uses many other types of information, too.

It has previously emerged that Facebook can suggest 'friends' who are close by based on your phone's location, as well as through shared contacts and facial recognition from photographs.

Some have suggested the social network uses IP addresses people have signed in on, or Wi-Fi networks they have both used, to link profiles - though this has not been confirmed.

By helping people follow their Facebook friend suggestions, experts at Gizmodo hope to uncover more about how PYMK works.


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