Tips to protect your privacy on Facebook
by Kiersten Leone, Social Content Creator at MSM DesignZ.
Facebook is all we are hearing about these days. Whether you feel good, bad, or indifferent about the whole Cambridge Data Scandal, it is definitely important to start taking your data protection more seriously. Now, we’re definitely not asking you to delete your Facebook because that would be crazy, but here are a few steps you can take to make sure you are protected.
The first thing you can do is to download a copy of your Facebook Data. This can help you see what exactly has been collected about you in the past. You can do this by going to Settings > Download a copy of your Facebook data > Download archive > Enter your password > Save to computer.
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Next, you should go to your Facebook privacy settings and make sure all the options are how you want them to be. Facebook has a “ Privacy Checkup area” which is a step- by -step guide that will help lay out exactly what your current settings are, and allow you to change them accordingly. In this section you can also see which third-party apps have access to your data. For example, any other websites or apps you have used your Facebook credentials to log in, so you didn’t have to create a brand new account, will have access to your data and be on this list. If there are some you no longer use, in the privacy checkup you can click “delete app.” If there are any you don’t want to delete, you can stop them from collecting your data. Do this by going to Settings > Apps > Under “Apps, Websites, Plugins” click Edit. > Disable platform.
According to Social Driver, another privacy measure you can take is to disable your location services, so Facebook doesn’t have access to where you are. You can also disable and opt out of ads that are targeted to you based on your activity. Have you ever been online shopping and the next day that same shirt you were looking at is in your news feed? Yeah, here’s how to stop that. You can also add security with Two-Factor Authentication, which will prevent unauthorized access unless you confirm it through text or email.
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