Short Bytes: A Belgian ethical hacker has created an online tool, named Stalkscan, that shows you how powerful Facebook’s search tool is and what kind of information is available on the social network publicly. All you need to do is type the URL of a person’s profile in the web interface and you’re good to go. The creator of the tool also outlines that the tool doesn’t violate Facebook’s privacy policies.Back in 2013, Facebook launched a feature called Graph Search to help the users find things easily. Just in case you don’t know much about Facebook search, here’s how to use it efficiently. Given the amount of data Facebook has, its search has become so powerful, much more than you realize.
Now, a Belgian ethical hacker has created an online tool to tell you how much of Facebook data is public. Others can also use this tool to snoop for all your public pictures. I guess that’s why it’s called Stalkscan.
Before going ahead and telling you more about it, let me tell you that its creator declares that the tool doesn’t violate any privacy settings of Facebook. Also, the site isn’t affiliated with Facebook.
One can use this creepy search engine for Facebook to filter users on the basis of sex, location, relationship status, etc. Wondering what pictures your crush liked today, Stalkscan can tell you that. You can see his/her comments, interests, friends, etc.
Please note that if someone, who isn’t in your Facebook friend, is using privacy settings intelligently, Stalkscan won’t be able to sniff much. So, do make appropriate changes and harden your Facebook profile.
Many of you might be thinking that Stalkscan does nothing extraordinary, it just tells you what’s out there. Well, I second that. But, it helps you ditch all those complex search strings to make use of Facebook’s Graph Search. Now everything is just a click away.
It’ll be also interesting to see how Facebook reacts. Facebook is known to curb such services and tools that put it in the bad light. So, what are your guesses? Will Facebook allow this service to thrive? Don’t forget to share your views and feedback.
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