Tech Talk-Facebook Changes

By Dan Reynolds, |

Published 08/11 2014 07:57PM

Updated 09/24 2014 03:53PM

Its been in the works for months, but Facebook recently started asking mobile users to download a separate messenger app. Yes, you need this now in order to access Facebook messages on your mobile device.

Many users are balking at downloading the second app. Privacy has been a concern of users faced with a long list of app permissions.

Facebook says users can revoke certain permissions - like syncing a phone's contacts - if they choose. So take a moment to go through your settings carefully.

Facebook has also rolled out new rules for game developers to help crack down on unintentional in-app purchases. If a game has any mandatory and optional purchases, Facebook requires it be noted in a game's description.

To curtail "like farming," games will not be able to give in game bonuses in exchange for a thumbs up.

Finally, Facebook users hoping to add some colorful personality to their pages may think they're in luck. There's an app promising to change their profile from the standard blue and white. In reality, it's a scam.

These scams pop up every once in awhile. Cheetah Mobile Security says the latest has has duped more than ten-thousand Facebook users. Its a video purporting to show how to change the color -- but really downloads malware to their mobile device or computer.

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