Facebook has revealed that their privacy service Anonymous Login has been completely revamped, giving users total freedom to choose which apps can access which parts of their profile down to the very last detail.
While not offering the same level of anonymity as other available features for iOS like integrated VPN, the option will still give you a chance to restrict more of how much of yourself you put out there while using apps inside the Facebook ecosystem.
“Anonymous Login lets people log in to apps so they don’t have to remember usernames and passwords, but it doesn’t share personal information from Facebook. People can decide later if they want to share any additional information, once they understand more about the app.”
Another equally interesting announcement was their new commitment to Facebook Login, which they claimed could now allow users to specifically decide which websites and services use Connect to sign you in around the web.
“Today we introduced a new version of Login. With the new Login, people can select the data an app gets by unchecking categories of information, one by one. For example, if someone wants to share their email address with an app, but not their birthday, they can make that choice with a couple taps. ”
This push toward increased personal security and control over what information goes to who is likely due to Facebook’s upcoming plans to enter the mobile payment space in the very near future. As other competitors in the social space looks to mobile wallets as the next great frontier for charging a few fees off the top of everyone else’s bank account and credit card APR.
Thought to explode within the next decade, mobile payment systems have gotten off to a somewhat shaky start, with established firms in the space like PayPal and Square leading the charge toward a safe, reliable way to leave your credit and debit cards at home.
Just as Target announced their plans to move their entire line of personalized REDCards to a new chip and PIN encryption system, companies like Google and now Facebook are quickly looking to re-route the whole process altogether, instead opting to consolidate your entire wallet all into one, easy to user app.
It’s simple upgrades like this that will eventually get us to that future safe and sound. Although biometric authentication systems like those found on the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5 are still a ways away from providing the end-all-be-all solution to mobile identitification security, steps like those taken by Facebook today show that even the most brazen violators of privacy on the web can take a step back and realize that the safety of its users information is sometimes more important than how much it’s worth on the open market.
One more noteworthy addition included a redesign of the app control panel, which upgraded to UI to a more streamlined, easy to understand interface that even the most novice of privacy warriors can understand.