Teens figured out how to fool Instagram's tracking
The Daily Charge
A top story today how teams have figured out a way to keep all their Instagram activity private from Instagram itself.
Alfred you read all about this.
What's new trend?
So a group of high school students in Marylyn have started using shared accounts in Instagram because they figured out it messes up the data.
The social network collects on you.
So when you go to your explore tab usually shows you are very culated feed of all your interests.
That's because Instagram collects a ton of data about you from your devices and your browsing habits on the app.
What these kids figured out is if I have a real life social network with 20 something people on one account.
All in different locations with different interests and habits.
It messes up the data that Instagram collects.
This is a concept known as collaborative obfuscation.
And it happens a lot in the past.
So supermarkets for example, they collect data on you through these rewards cards programs.
Groups started forming online to trade and swap these cards to mess up the data.
You might also be familiar with this concept from that Spartacus scene when the Emperor comes and asked for Spartacus to show himself so he can kill him.
And every slave gets up and says I'm Spartacus.
Right but one of the main rules of security one on one is don't share your password.
So is this Terrible security practice?
I mean, definitely don't share passwords that you use for important accounts.
But what these kids have been doing is they've been making multiple Instagram accounts, which teens often do.
You have your real Instagram, you have your [UNKNOWN]-
You And you have a group account, and then it's for the shared accounts.
And if you're smart about it, it's a password that you never use for the other accounts.
Then instead of sharing the password, sometimes they'll send the Reset Password links for other people to log in instead.
Because having your password reset doesn't log you out.
So in some cases, they don't even need to share passwords with people.
I mean, there's still ways that this could go wrong.
But ultimately, this whole system relies on teams that trust each other more than they trust Instagram.