Is it true that Instagram steals bank card data

Monetization of social networks, such as banned in Russia Instagram and Facebook, built around advertising. In order for income to increase, it is necessary to increase the number of impressions and clicks on links. But users pay attention only to those ads that are of interest to them. To show banners and posts in accordance with preferences, you need to know these very preferences. To do this, all the actions that you perform within these social networks are clearly recorded by algorithms and often become the subject of various gossip.

Instagram is again discrediting itself with information about surveillance.

Based on this, after a while you start seeing ads that match your interests. However, few people know that Instagram can track your actions not only in the application, but also in the browser when you follow the links. Let’s see how this happens.

Surveillance on Instagram

It remains to be hoped that the collected data will not leak out.

Probably flipping through the posts and pages on Instagramyou came across various links leading to third-party web resource. This can be either a normal browsing of some sites, or a transition to online shopping to buy various things. The natural reaction in such a situation is to simply click on the link and do what you need. But don’t be in a hurry to do it. A certain Felix Krause conducted a study built into Instagram and Facebook browser and found out that applications can capture absolutely all the actions that you perform on third-party resources after clicking on the link.

This is what he explains the fact that when you click on links, Instagram does not offer to use Safari, but uses its own solution. The application enters a special code to track your actions on every site you go to, including when you click on banner ads.

It would not be so scary, Krause scares everyone, if it were not for the data that Instagram and Facebook can receive after such actions. The script acts in such a way that the following information is transmitted to the servers:

  • Pressing buttons or links.
  • Text selection.
  • Creation of screenshots.
  • Data entered in various forms.

It sounds really scary. It turns out that if you followed the link in online store to buy something, then Meta will know about it. Of course, all data is transmitted in encrypted form, and no one can just get access to it. In fact, almost all large companies operate this way. One might even say that this is a kind of normal policy. In this regard, the question arises: why do we trust our data to Apple, but at the same time we do not trust Facebook and Instagram. Most likely, no one will be able to answer this question unequivocally, but somehow users have a much more loyal attitude towards Apple. I think that your card details are not needed by such a large company as Meta, but users are still concerned about this fact.

Security on Instagram

I am glad that there is an opportunity not to use the browser built into Instagram.

The same applies to entered logins and passwords from other resources. All this is recorded and sent to the parent company. The most interesting thing is that this does not happen on Android. External links open immediately in Chrome. But this does not mean that Android users are better protected. After all, there are so many different metrics that track user actions that it makes no difference which browser to use.

Completely protect yourself from surveillance will not work. But it is possible that this is not even surveillance in its purest form, but simply fixing a digital footprint. On the one hand, it is completely impersonal, but it still contains information about the IP address, browser, operating system used, and the number of entries to a particular web resource. Such information does not give anyone, except for large companies, anything significant, and its leakage does not pose any danger. The fact that a social network collects such information does not surprise anyone. The main thing is that it is stored in encrypted form. Then even large-scale leaks will not be terrible. If you are worried that you are being followed online, then you should come to terms with this fact.

Just know that everyone is doing this, but no one has been seriously hurt by it yet. But contextual advertising can sometimes even be beneficial. But if you want to get rid of surveillance, you can use special browser DuckDuckGo, which allows you to hide your online activity. However, no one guarantees that this browser will not collect any information about you.


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