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If you have enabled automatic Facebook Photo Sync feature on your iPhone, iPad or Android devices, then Beware! Hackers can steal your personal photographs without your knowledge. In 2012, the social network giant introduced Facebook Photo Sync feature for iPhone, iPad and Android devices which, if opt-in, allows Facebook to automatically sync all your photos saved on your mobile device with your Facebook account. The photos that you have synced from your phone are automatically uploaded in the background to a private Facebook album, which is not visible to any of your Facebook friends or other Facebook users. However, you may can choose then to share photos from the album on your Facebook timeline or send them as a message to a friend. A bug bounty hunter, Laxman Muthiyah, discovered a critical flaw in the Facebook Photo Sync feature and Facebook API that could allow any third-party app to access your personal photos from the hidden Facebook Photo Sync album. It's something that reminds me of "The Fappenings" and "The Snappening" -- in which nude and personal photographs of top celebrities were leaked due to a security flaw in Apple's iCloud file storage service and unofficial Snapchat messaging service app, respectively. In a blog post published today, Laxman explained that the vulnerability resides in the privilege mechanism that which applications are allowed to access sync photos using vaultimages API. Technically, Synced private photo album should be accessible by only Facebook's official app, but the vulnerability allows any 3rd party apps to get permission to read your personal synced photos. Laxman previously disclosed a vulnerability in Facebook Graph API mechanism that allowed him to delete any photo album on Facebook owned by any user, any page or any group. HOW TO DISABLE AUTO-SYNC Though, Facebook has patched the vulnerability reported by Laxman and rewarded him with $10,000 under it’s bug bounty program, Facebook users are advised to turn off Facebook Photo Sync feature just to be on the safer side. In order to do so, just go to Facebook mobile app menu, scroll down and select Account > App Settings > Sync Photos, then Choose 'Don't sync my photos.' Source
Product Description Get organized automatically Don’t spend time hunting down and organizing your files manually! Ashampoo Media Sync scans, identifies and organizes your media for you into categories (Documents, Music, Pictures, Video) – automatically. Files instantly organized No more file chaos! Just plug in your device. MediaSync will do the rest! Setting up takes only seconds Select input location. Select output location. Select file types. Done! Compatible with all autoplay-enabled devices CDs, DVDs, flash drives, smartphones, digital cameras and more. You name it, MediaSync supports it! The application consists of three main steps which you have to follow in order to sort your files. The first enables you to choose the source folder and the file category you want to sync (images, music, videos, documents), the second allows you to select the destination path and the third simply gives the all clear signal for the entire process. Ashampoo Media Sync can be used to synchronize content between mobile phones, tablets, external drives and so on, which makes it handy for scenarios in which you made a mess of things by copying stuff to the aforementioned devices without giving too much thought to sorting. Features: – Syncing happens in the background – Folder structures are preserved – File types are automatically recognized, files get organized into four categories (Documents, Music, Pictures, Video) – All auto-play-enabled devices are supported (CD, DVD, flash drives, smartphones, digital cameras and more) With Ashampoo Media Sync, organizing files is as easy as 1, 2, 3! 1. Select input location 2. Select output location 3. Select file types Ashampoo Media Sync will scan, identify and organize your media into categories for you (Documents, Music, Pictures, Video) – automatically, every time. -> Download <-Deal Expires in: EXPIRED!