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Does Facebook store plain-text passwords?

I was about to reset my Facebook password and got this error: Your new password is too similar to your current password. Please try another password. I assumed that Facebook stores only password ...
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Internet courtship: Why would a hacker buy me poker chips?

Believe me, I never expected to ever write a title like that on a Stack Exchange site either! Yesterday evening I got a call from my mother. She is quite tech savvy and generally knows her way around ...
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Does correcting misspelled usernames create a security risk?

Does correcting a misspelled username and prompting the user with a valid username introduce a security risk? I recently tried logging into facebook and misspelled my email. They prompted me with ...
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Anonymity on Facebook - how do they suggest people I should know?

I want to know how Facebook discovers the people who you know in real life or who know you. I tried the following to see if Facebook can still discover my acquaintances in real life and suggest them ...
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I was tricked on Facebook into downloading an obfuscated script

I got a notification on Facebook: "(a friend of mine) mentioned you in a comment". However, when I clicked it, Firefox tried to download the following file: comment_24016875.jse This is an ...
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Should we store accesstoken in our database for oauth2?

I have a requirement to implement Facebook and Google login in my web application. I also need to access a user's Facebook/Google+ friend list. I have gone through the complete OAuth2 documentation of ...
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Facebook password lowercase and uppercase

Recently I logged into my Facebook account and then noticed that my caps lock was on. So I tried to log in again with and without capslock on. I got in both times. Then I tried to log in with the ...
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Why I am getting Facebook login pop up for every site?

My Chrome browser keeps prompting me for Facebook authentication, even though I have never logged on to Facebook from my PC. I am using Chrome browser from my company where they have a strong proxy ...
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Facebook API : App Secret - possible misuse

I've recently find out that by simple quick look into compiled code of one of our applications, you can get both App ID (API Key) and App Secret for Facebook API I suppose that we should really keep ...
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Best practices on securely storing access tokens

What would be the best practices for storing access tokens of another api for your users? In particular I'm developing an application with some friends that let's user log into Facebook to both ...
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Is there any difference between visiting Facebook via their Tor address, and visiting them via their normal address over Tor?

From a security perspective, is visiting via the .onion address more/less secure? I'm using Facebook as an example, but this question is really about any website which has both a 'normal' and a Tor ...
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Preventing Voter Fraud on a Social Media Contest

I'm creating a contest that will allow users to login using their Facebook & Twitter accounts and submit votes on videos. My clients concern is that users will game the system by logging into ...
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Storing OAuth and other authentication tokens

We all know that when to store passwords, we should store it with one-way hash such as a variant of SHA, bcrypt or scrypt to prevent plain-text password leaks when the database is hacked. But what ...
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Are bookmarklets safe with facebook data?

I usually play Mafia Wars and use bookmarklets like Spockholm, Arum, etc. Can these bookmarklets get my Facebook data when I run them, they usually ask to unframe the Facebook page? I was just ...
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Firefox trying to connect to other computers on the LAN

While running Wireshark trying to troubleshoot some other issues, I noticed several SYN connections to ports 80 and 443 on the workstation I was using. The packets were dropped. These were coming from ...
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How does an attacker abuse Facebook Connect with a leaked secret key?

I am reading about Facebook Connect and it looks a lot like OpenID Connect. Are these two similar enough that the Facebook Connect secret key is an OAuth Client Secret and therefore the same attacks ...
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Is there a list of phone numbers Facebook uses to send auth tokens?

Up to a few days ago, I always received Facebook auth tokens from numbers +181338477XX, except a few times from +85294985XXX. Problem is that lately I've been receiving codes directly from Italian ...
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Why did Facebook not use HSTS for a long time after it became available?

(Note that Facebook now does use HSTS. The question was asked at a time when they didn't.) To force a browser to always go directly to HTTPS for a website (and not rely on 302 redirects from the HTTP ...
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What do I need to do when Facebook says: “Your computer needs to be cleaned”?

I am not sure if this is the correct community for this post. If not please refer me to the correct one. I am getting a "Your computer needs to be cleaned" error message when trying to login into ...
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Facebook POST request capture

I have been trying to test a sniff on facebook POST request forms using wireshark (filtered HTTP). At login form, I would try login, and then check wireshark and see that no packet was captured. ...
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Is update@em.facebookmail.com legitimate?

I'm having a hard time figuring out whether this email a friend of mine got is legit or a scam. The weird thing is there's only one link to facebook.com, which is the one about facebook terms. All the ...
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How can Facebook possibly stop a bruteforce attack on an account?

I've been doing some research on hacking recently and I found some very interesting tutorials on brute force cracking. I have some questions to ask and I'll be using Facebook as an example. Let's say ...
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Is this Facebook email real or phishing?

I received this email from what is supposedly Facebook today. Here's a screenshot: I was not aware I had credits or credits existed on Facebook and apparently I have $2.30 worth. It looks legitimate ...
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Safe to drop email verification when using Facebook login

If a user registers an account on my Website with Facebook authentication, can I safely skip the "verification email" that is usually sent to users who sign up without Facebook (that is, from a ...
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Is it safe to use the official Facebook apps in a public Wifi?

I know, that my login credentials are sent in clear text for every body to read, when I log into facebook without using https from my mobile phone's browser in an public / non encrypted wifi. And I ...
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Content-Security-Policy & Facebook login

This question seems to be related to http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15913200/facebook-js-sdk-not-executed-in-my-chrome-extension , but I am not developing a chrome extension. I am developing a ...
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February 7th 2013 Facebook integration error implications [duplicate]

What are the security, privacy, and overall availability implications of the Facebook event (link) yesterday? I was astonished to see site after site being redirected to a Facebook error page last ...
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Why are some people more common targets for Facebook profile impersonation than others?

Earlier tonight I got a Facebook friend request from a profile that appeared to be a duplicate of my grandmother's Facebook profile, with her name and profile picture, but it was noticeably devoid of ...
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If the user registers for my site via e.g. Facebook login, should I force the user to also create a password on my site?

Most sites, when you register via e.g. Facebook, redirect you to a page afterwards asking you to enter additional information that the site needs. Very often this includes setting a password for the ...
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Two-factor verification without a mobile phone?

Currently, some services use a second layer of veficiation if logging in from a new device: Gmail and Facebook send a text or call with a code Facebook generates a code in the mobile application ...
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Using Facebook via Tor

I think about using Tor for nearly everthing, including Facebook, because FB often tags the users even on other sites, for example per Like-Button, Cookies etc. Now I think about using the Tor ...
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How can I constrain or limit 3rd party Javascript (*.js) files that can DOS my site?

Many website owners integrate Google analytics, various Facebook or Twitter social media javascript plug ins into their web pages. The problem is that this trust seems to be "all or nothing", meaning ...
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Is there a way to guarantee removal of data after closing Facebook / Gmail / Dropbox account? [closed]

Of course my default way of thinking is: deleted: true while keeping all the data in place. In fact I would be interested in knowing what standard operating procedures are in place for retention of ...
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Should I trust and play every embedded video on Facebook?

Regarding to trusted sites like YouTube, should I trust other videos when embedded to Facebook, usually, when user shares a link a thumbnail image will be created and previewed, then, we need only to ...
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Access Control and Authentication using Facebook access tokens in a webapp

I'm working on a mobile app with a web backend. We'd like to have users authenticate (log in) themselves through Facebook only, so we don't have to store passwords etc. and don't force users to create ...
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How is Facebook accessing my iPhone texts in order to recommend friends?

I have noticed that Facebook has been recently recommending people who have texted me. It has been able to connect their number (I believe most of these people are using iPhone) and connect their ...
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Is there a known Facebook auto-posting bug?

A minister of Singapore (Vivian Balakrishnan) was found to be in breach of electioneering rules, when several posts were made on his Facebook account on "cooling-off day" (September 10th, 2015, the ...
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Is it secure: unsecured Wi-Fi + social network authentication to access the web?

Recently I visited my dental office and noticed a Wi-Fi configuration I haven't seen before. First, there is unsecured (no password) Wi-Fi, but I cannot surf the web yet. I am redirected to a webpage ...
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How long is the information on Facebook stored? [closed]

I was wondering how long Facebook stores our photos and posts? I hear two theories, one saying it is around half a year, after which all the data centers are going to erase our data. The other one ...
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REST API stateless authentication using social login

I am implementing a REST API for our mobile applications in which user will login using the SDKs of various social media. Currently, the login strategy is as follows: The token(s) (access_token in ...
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Will this work? Revealing identity (facebook) of person who clicks specially crafted link

There is a special Facebook link that will redirect anyone who clicks it to their own Facebook profile they are currently logged in on on their browser. The link goes like this: http://www.facebook....
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What's with the Facebook malware which posts obscene posts in all the groups? [closed]

How to get rid of the Facebook malware which sends pornographic posts in all the groups you belong to? I always made fun of people who became victim of this malware/virus saying they are not cautious ...
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Why is a link posted to Facebook going through all redirects and showing info for final page only?

Today I read a post on a Facebook-group about a "problem" with links posted to Facebook. Appearently when you post a link at Facebook, the sites goes through the redirect(s) that may be on the site ...
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Why do Facebook and Microsoft make you enter a code when reseting a password?

Typically when you reset a website password you receive an email. A lot of sites send you a link with a code on the end of it to click on which will take you to an 'enter new password' form. ...
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Should I encrypt Long-lived Facebook Access Token when storing them in my DB?

I own an application that grabs some Long-Lived Facebook Access token, in order to be use later according to the corresponding logged user. Should I need to encrypt them before storing them, to avoid ...
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Facebook hacker [closed]

My Facebook account was hacked. Searching through security and settings info, Facebook showed that someone was logged into my account from another state and showed some kind of id number. The number ...
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How harmful is it to expose access token to the resource owner?

While checking the facebook php sdk implementation I noticed that they expose the access token to the resource owner (user) $params = array( 'next' => $next, 'access_token' => $session->...
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How to suspend a silent oberserver from Facebook account?

A friend of mine told me about the following problem: She used to login on Facebook on a computer of her boyfriend. After they broke up she recognized that he was able to login to her account from his ...
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While logged in to Google etc., can a malicious site discover my ID?

If I visited a malicious site while being logged in to Google, Hotmail, Facebook, or Twitter in the same browser window, how hard is it for the site to discover my account IDs without my explicit ...
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How could the Skype app log me out from my Facebook account on OSX? Isn't this a huge security flaw?

According to this post (and to my personal experience), installing the Skype app on Facebook and the Skype client on OSX Mavericks will result in you being logged out from Facebook every time you ...