Privacy plugin keeps Facebook from reading your updates

"Encrypt Facebook is a Chrome extension that would prevent snooping on the discussions,status updates in Facebook groups by storing it them in an encrypted format on Facebook's database instead of normal text and also it would convert encrypted format back into normal text whenever that particular group's url is accessed in Chrome." (Thanks, Joly!)

18 Responses to “Privacy plugin keeps Facebook from reading your updates”

  1. So we keep information off of Facebook’s servers by giving it to Google?

    Wow, the future is a crazy place.

    • dolo54 says:

      I doubt anything gets sent to Google. Probably works with a password key that you would give out to your friends beforehand. Then anything you type would be encrypted with that password and decrypted by your friends’ plugin. Now that I think about it, it might not be too hard to create a bookmarklet to do this anywhere there is a comment or chat feature.

  2. Joe Buck says:

    Activists should be cautious about relying on this kind of thing, because even though the messages can’t be read by the bad guys, the authorities can and will notice that people are communicating using encrypted messages and do traffic analysis to find the “conspiracy”.  A better approach might be a Chrome extension that does steganography.  People’s Facebook pages might appear to be full of pictures of pets or children or something equally harmless, but people with the right plugin and password would see the messages, which might include links to the pages of other users to get the followups.

    •  How about an additional plugin that generates quasi-random messages that appear to be encrypted, but actually have no content at all.

      These could be sent to congress-critters, Senators and various annoying right-wingers. Call it job security for the security-theater guys.

      And the more time they spend trying to decrypt this stuff, the less time they have to dream up any new idiocy.

      • I believe YouTube is already using this on their comment threads.

      • Donald Petersen says:

        There should be entire Facebook accounts, legions of them, that generate this stuff.  I love the idea of Facebook being populated by bots that resemble in every way detectable through online means real people.

        For all I know that’s what it is anyway.  I just wish real flesh & blood people wouldn’t do it quite so much.  But what the hell; that’s their business.

      • Finnagain says:

         How about a plugin that destroys facebook? I’d pay for one of those. It’s malware, people.

  3. Joe Buck says:

    And maybe this is going on now!  What are those LOLcats really saying?

    • Anon_Mahna says:

       they’re all codded messages for the Feline World Dominion group, the true puppeteers of the world.  They play with governments as a kitten plays with a ball of yarn, delighting in it’s unraveling… 

  4. Facebook stopped allowing Groups to use the threaded discussion widget last year which pretty much reduced Groups to a semi-savage state of oral tradition.

  5. ialreadyexist says:

    People still use Facebook, huh?  Amazing….

  6. Daemonworks says:

    Interesting technical achievement. Would also do a good job of keeping your friends from reading your messages, as most of them aren’t going to bother to switch to chrome and/or install a plugin just to read your posts.

  7. so its like PGP for facebook?

  8. Guest says:

    Does this plug in play nice with the one that keeps your tinfoil hat securely on your head?

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