Facebook Allow Anonymous Login on Third-party Services so You Can Test Them

Log in to online services or mobile applications using your account Facebook, Google + or Twitter is a commodity and so, after all, this is a record less to fill. But it is not neglecting the security opt for this medium if you just want to prove a service or app before deciding to use it? For situations like this, Facebook has just announced a solution: the possibility of anonymous login.

Revealed by itself Mark Zuckeberg during the conference for developers Facebook F8, the idea is quite simple: when you want to test a service or application, simply click the “Log in Anonymoulsy” (or equivalent) to try it. The authentication will be done with your Facebook account as a basis, but the company responsible for the service or app will not know that you logged in.

To be clear, during the test, your name, country of origin, address e-mail, profile photo and other information passed on login via Facebook will be hidden. If you decide to continue using the service, there will be a button to “normal” authentication.

Zuckeberg explained that the functionality comes from the fact that many users choose to make conventional way sign – creating an account with email and password – the fear of sharing your Facebook information with services whose reputation is unknown or the lack of clarity on the use that is made of this data.

Facebook plays with the flag of privacy to promote new, but it is clear that the functionality will also benefit him, the company will continue by knowing what services or applications you are interested.

This is not the only measure announced at F8 related to privacy: Facebook will also allow the user to decide which data can be shared with third parties. Among this information is e-mail, birthday, likes and friends list.

Of course, the user will have to be reasonable in relation to that block: Certain services may simply not work, for example, the email address is not passed.

These new features will not be available promptly. The anonymous login, for example, is being tested with a small group of developers and will be available openly in the coming months, which indicates that the feature is optional. As for the control over login, Facebook says only release it in the coming weeks.