Creepy Quora erodes users’ privacy, reveals what you have read

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The Quora website launched two years ago, collating questions-and-answers on a variety of topics and receiving favourable write-ups in the media.

It’s possible that you were one of the early sign-ups to the service, investigating whether you would find it useful, and don’t visit the site much very often. Or you could be one of the die-hard Quora lovers who still gets value out of the site’s community.

But there’s something that all Quora users should know.

Earlier this month, Quora made a decision which changes your privacy on the site. And they did it without asking your permission first.

They decided to introduce “Views” – functionality which creepily reveals to others the articles you have been reading…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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