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Facebook Container 1.4.2

Keep your Facebook information within a self-contained secure area

by Chris Wiles

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 15 November 2018
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Facebook Container 1.4.2
Keep your Facebook information within a self-contained secure area

Facebook has been all over the press recently where users have signed up to various apps and found that their personal information (and some of their friends) has leaked without their authorisation. Facebook's answer is that personal information will be shared if you sign up to third-party apps from your account.

Mozilla has released an official app which attempts to safeguard your personal information by using a container to store data, whilst you interact with Facebook.

The container works by ring-fencing your data, so limited information is shared with Facebook. Mozilla does not have any access to this data, either. When you open your Facebook page, you'll see a blue hue around your tab showing that it's being contained.

The only issue with using this container will be where you use your Facebook account to login to a third-party website. As your Facebook data is contained, this means it cannot be shared with other websites. Also, another issue will be attempting to like a Facebook post or anything similar from outside your contained environment - you can't. So you're limited to all Facebook activity within the contained tab and nothing more.

You'll need to ask yourself are you that paranoid about Facebook sharing your personal information to need to ring-fence and safeguard your Facebook content in such fashion.

What's new in 1.4.2?

- Added cdn.fbsbx.com, a content delivery network (CDN), to contain static content 
- Facebook links accessed from other applications will open within the Facebook Container. 
- Improved compatibility with Mozilla’s Multi-Account Container extension: Some users were having to enter their Facebook login credentials on every browser restart. This has been fixed.
- Open Facebook "Share" tabs in proper tab bar position
- Full list of fixes this release

Verdict:

Excellent for people who are paranoid about Facebook taking their personal information, but very limiting if you want third-party websites to interact with your Facebook account.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.19.11

Free Full Commercial Software

WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's New in Version 2.19.11 

• You can now reply to a group message privately in your 1:1 chat. Tap and hold a message in a group chat and select "More", then "Reply Privately".
• When editing a photo or video, you can tap the smiley icon to add stickers. 
• From the Status tab, you can now 3D touch to preview a contact's status.

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