Facebook supports Tor – Does that mean I’m safer?

The social networking giant Facebook announced that users could log in to the social network “anonymously” using the anonymous network Tor.

Really?

When I first read about this news, I was like

“Dude, you’re already giving out most of your life and your personal information through your posts on facebook. If you wanted to be anonymous, why would you be ‘selling’ all those information to facebook? Facebook itself collects enough and more data on the inside, I don’t see any point in having an anonymous link. If you truly want to be anonymous, quit facebook for good!

My perspective of facebook’s intention behind this is to get more users to use Tor which is an open, public network which can be sniffed easier than the public internet. If that happens, these so-called internet dictators can sniff over the Tor network and gather even more data. Facebook hasn’t yet changed its privacy policies for the users that are going to be using Tor, which means, all the policies that are currently applied to the users apply to the so-called “anonymous” users too. That doesn’t change anything other than 2 facts :

  1. The URL that you use to connect to facebook would be different from now on – it would be https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/
  2. You would be using a different browser, system as well as network.

Nothing else.

These are my questions to facebook and to you to ponder over :

  • Does having a different link and connecting to a different network mean you’re safer? Does that change anything at all?
  • Does that mean that your browsing is so-called “anonymous”?
  • Well, even if it was, all your data isn’t right? It still can be used by facebook however they please right?
  • Does the legal terms (especially point 2) of facebook change if you’re using Tor to log in to facebook?

So, in short, if you so much as just have an account on facebook, you’ve already compromised your “anonymity”. If you really wanted “anonymity”, you’d not have that account. And even if you have one now, and want anonymity now, go ahead and leave facebook for good. There’s nothing productive you can do on facebook these days.

My First Shell Script for Ubuntu Linux

It might not be a big thing for most people, especially developers. But for a wanna-be programmer like me, a first time is something big.

I built my first shell script for Ubuntu Linux over night – the best time I get to code. Well, though it isn’t basically much of logical codes with a flow of control, it is more echo statements than anything else. I wrote approximately 300 lines of code in a night. Continue reading “My First Shell Script for Ubuntu Linux”

Convergence of Operating Systems to Linux

It’s a revolution of mobile devices today. You can find devices in different sizes and resolutions in the market. And to run these devices, they require something called an Operating System. To put it in technical terms :

“An Operating System (OS) is something that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer programs.”Wikipedia

Well, if Wikipedia says so, I’d say an operating system is that thing that interacts with the computer hardware and provides a interface to the user so that they can understand what is happening under the hood.

When we talk about operating systems, the first 2 names that pop into our heads are Microsoft Windows and Android right?

Well, if you didn’t know, Windows and Android are not the only operating systems in the world. You maybe familiar with Apple‘s OS X and iOS too. But the list just doesn’t end there. It just goes on and on.

And guess what? All the companies that build these operating systems faced the same challenge when the mobile revolution came out with multiple form factors to cater to. Ever since then everyone has been trying hard to converge their operating systems on all form factors. No company has been completely successful in achieving this herculean task of making their operating system work exactly the same on all form factor devices. This is mostly because they haven’t find a smart enough method to use the space on each device in the most efficient way. So they had to design different interfaces for each form factor. They’re trying hard to integrate all the form factors into the same operating system. But no one has yet got to the ultimate convergence of operating systems. Continue reading “Convergence of Operating Systems to Linux”