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All You Need To Know About Facebook’s Latest Bug

With its wide range of features, easy-to-use interface and streamlined access, Facebook is the darling of the social media age. It helps people stay connected with family and friends, allows new relationships to blossom and creates a culture of community for new and established businesses alike.  

However, last month, Facebook announced its internal team found a photo API bug in its platform which may have exposed the unshared photos of 6.8 million users. As the latest in a stream of publicized security issues, this breach has the public confused and worried about their privacy. 

Read on for all you need to know about the recent Facebook bug. 

What happened because of the photo bug? 

According to Facebook’s policy, apps linked to Facebook are only allowed to access photos that users give them permission to view, such as those posted on their Facebook timeline. The recent bug, however, may have allowed third-party apps to access loads of other pictures without their user’s knowledge and permission. 

An estimated 1,500 apps built by 876 developers were affected by the bug. All of these apps are approved by Facebook, and were authorized by users to access their photos. 

The photos breached include those shared on Facebook Stories or Marketplace as well as photos that had been uploaded but weren’t yet posted on Facebook. 

The bug was active from Sept. 13 to Sept. 25. Although, Facebook waited to come clean about the breach in mid-December. 

What steps has Facebook taken to fix the bug? 

Facebook fixed the bug as early as Sept. 25 and has openly apologized for the breach. They have promised to let app developers know which of their users have been affected by the bug so they can take steps on their own. Facebook has also claimed to be working on strengthening their platform’s privacy to prevent future photo leaks and security breaches. 

When asked why the social media giant did not inform the public about the bug immediately, a Facebook representative told CNN Business, “We have been investigating the issue since it was discovered to try and understand its impact so that we could ensure we are contacting the right developers and people affected by the bug. It then took us some time to build a meaningful way to notify people, and get translations done.” 

Despite the statement, the jury remains out on whether Facebook has really taken the responsible course of action after the bug was discovered. 

What does the bug mean for impacted Facebook users? 

Having your unshared photos posted on public forums can lead to a host of safety issues.  Thankfully, no crimes have been linked to the photo leak to date, but crooks can use revealing photos to stage a home robbery or worse. For reasons such as this, it’s always best to use the strongest privacy settings on your social media platforms and to be super-careful about which apps you allow to access your photos. 

To be extra careful and keep yourself safe in the event of security breaches like Facebook’s recent photo bug, never post pictures that are too revealing about your personal life and your financial situation. 

How can I check if my photos were leaked? 

Facebook has issued an official alert to all affected users with clear steps for protecting their photos. The alert directs users to a Help Center Page where they can check if they’ve used any apps affected by the bug and get instructions on how to proceed from there. 

Facebook also advises users to log into any apps they use to share photos and check which ones are accessible. If you’re worried about an app’s privacy, log into Facebook’s Manage Your Apps page and contact the app developer directly to inquire about the accessibility of your photos. 

Facebook’s latest security breach may have impacted millions of users, but with the proper reactive steps and an eye toward a more secure future, it can help the social media giant and all its users practice stronger security measures and protect their privacy against potential breaches.  

Branch Office Hours Changing Effective October 1st

 

Visionary FCU is always evaluating our products and services, hours of operation, and technology to ensure that we are serving the needs of our members and doing what is best for the membership and the credit union. In recent years with the increase of electronic technology we have seen a decrease of personal member visits to our lobby and drive thru. In order to schedule staff more efficiently and keep our member cost of services down, we will be closing our Drive Thru at 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays effective October 1st. We invite you to visit a nearby shared branch location, online banking, and mobile banking to access your accounts during non-branch hours.

More Fun in the Sun with a Visionary FCU Platinum Rewards Visa!

 

As you gear up for summertime, many Visionary FCU members are looking for warm-weather activities that will keep their families busy and smiling from June through September. However, fun in the sun often comes with a hefty price tag, from beach vacations to summer camps and swim clubs to graduation celebrations and day trips, and even backyard maintenance.

 

If you’re looking to plan an exciting and memorable summer activity line-up, you may also be looking for a smart way to fund it. Visionary FCU can help you manage these seasonal expenses with an affordable credit card. In addition to superior everyday interest rates on our Visa, Visionary FCU also offers a great rewards program - you can now earn points for every dollar you spend. That’s right...we reward you for using your card!

 

Our Platinum Rewards Visa lets you earn points on your purchases (1 point for every $1 spent), redeemable toward travel, merchandise, downloadable media, non-profit donations and more.

 

  • In addition, a Visionary FCU Platinum Rewards Visa is a great value, with:

  • No annual fee

  • No balance transfer fee

  • No cash advance fee

  • No penalty rate

  • Low 10.90% Interest Rate

 

So, here’s to less stress and more good times this summer - start using that Visionary FCU Platinum Rewards Visa in your wallet. Or, visit www.visionaryfcu.org to apply for your Visa today and get rewarded for having tons of fun in the sun!

 

Tap! Snap! Deposit! Introducing Remote Deposit Capture
Remote Deposit Capture is a service that allows you to easily deposit checks*, anytime and anywhere, using the camera on your iPhone or Android and your Touch Banking app. The funds are deposited into the account you select**, safely and securely. Please contact a MSR at 412-221-6660 for all the details and to take advantage of this great new service! (*/** Some restrictions apply)
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We've made the loan application process even easier! Just click the "Loan Application" link to the left and you will be taken to our safe and secure online loan application. Simply apply for the loan that best meets your needs online and follow up by faxing us your two most recent paystubs to 412-221-3414. We like to make borrowing money as easy as possible.

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