Worried that Facebook will collect too much information about you and make it too freely available to advertisers and others? You are not the only one. CEO Mark Zuckerberg insists Facebook will fix its privacy issues. Until then, however, you can take some steps to protect your personal information.
Although there are many ways to optimize Facebook, here are some basic steps that can help protect your privacy in one of the world's largest social networks.
Deleting Personal Information
You may be surprised at how much personal information you've stored on Facebook over the years, from places you've lived and visited to your phone number, birthday, and more more. Your first step in protecting privacy should be to erase what you do not want Facebook or anyone else to know.
On the Internet
- Click your name and a small photo in the News Feed at the top of the screen to go to your profile page
- Click Info on your profile page
- . Click each category on the left side of the About section (Overview, Work and Education, Places where you lived, etc.). Hover over each entry that Facebook should not keep. On the right side of the entry you will either see an "Options" or "Edit" link that will allow you to delete the information ̵
On Your Mobile Device
- In Your News Feed, Touch Your Picture
- Scroll Tap "Edit Public Details," scroll to the bottom of the screen, and tap "Edit Info" at the bottom margin.
- Edit your personal information here, including "Work" and "Places you're in. Have lived," etc. Tap the pencil icon to the right to edit.
Turn Off Facial Recognition
Facebook has been using face recognition for years to tag your photos, and if that annoys you, turn it off as follows.
- Click on any Facebook page, click the question mark in the upper-right corner of the screen and choose "Privacy Links"> "Control Face Discovery"
- On the screen that appears, click Edit, choose No, and then choose Close
On your mobile device:
- On any tap on the Facebook page three horizontal lines on the bottom right of the screen (on an iPhone) or on the top right (on an Android device). Scroll down and touch Settings & Privacy> Privacy links
- . Take a look at what else you want to optimize, eg. Location settings and ad settings.
- Select "Face recognition control"
- On one iPhone, tap the right arrow and tap "No" on the next screen.
- On an Android device, tap the box saying "Do you want to recognize Facebook? "In photos and videos? "Select" No "on the next screen.
Limit the data that Facebook partners collect about you
] If you are using Facebook on other websites or mobile apps such as newspaper pages, TripIt, Yelp, or others, these websites access your Facebook account data, including your photo, name, and other information.
If you're an Apple user, you'll soon be able to use "Sign in with Apple" instead (assuming you think that's safer). Or you can easily create new signups and passwords for each app. A good password manager will help you keep track.
Once you've done that, you can go back and stop those sites on Facebook from getting information about you. (Note: If you have not signed in to these sites within 90 days, the sites or apps can not access the data anyway, so why should you wait?) You can disable access to specific sites. However, if you do this on your phone, you can only remove all connections in one go.
- On any Facebook page, click the down arrow in the top right corner and select "Preferences."
- Search for "Apps and Sites" and select them on the left side of the screen
- You can view all sites that are actively linked to Facebook, all expired sites (since they have the 90-day mark exceeded) and all the websites that you have already removed. Select the check box next to a website or app that you want to disconnect from Facebook, and then click Remove.
On Your Mobile Device:
- On any Facebook page, tap the three horizontal lines at the bottom right of the screen (on an iPhone) or top right (on an Android). Scroll down and touch Settings & Privacy> Settings> Apps & Sites.
- Search for "Apps, Sites, and Games" and tap "Edit."
Tap Turn Off permissions on any site you've previously signed in to via Facebook.
Control who sees your posts and personal information
Do you really want the world to know the name of your cat, your favorite movies, and other information you may have would like? only seen by friends? If you enjoy sharing, but not with the world, you can control who sees your Facebook posts and other personal information.
- On any Facebook page, click the down arrow in the top right corner and select "Preferences." Then select "Privacy" on the left side of the screen.
- In the "Your Activity" section, search for "Who can see your future posts?" And click on "Edit".
- From the drop-down menu, choose who can see your posts: the public (in other words, everyone), just your Facebook friends, some of your Facebook friends should see them (you can choose who) or just You. Remember, you can change this setting for a specific post by clicking the drop-down menu in the News Feed line just below the Create Post box.
- This is also the place where you can do this. Check the posts and items in which you have been tagged and choose whether you want to hide them. You can also limit past posts so that they can only be seen by friends.
On your mobile device:
- On any Facebook page, tap the three horizontal lines on the bottom right of the screen (on an iPhone) or top right (on an Android). Scroll down and touch Settings & Privacy> Privacy & Privacy>
- . In the "Your Activity" section that appears, you can select the same options as above by selecting "Who Can". View your future posts. "" Limit who can see your previous posts. "and" who can see the people, pages and lists you follow.
Perform a quick privacy review
Facebook has performed a quick and dirty privacy review that allows you to control many aspects of the information that Facebook knows about you You can complete it in about five minutes. This is how it works:
On the Web:
- On any Facebook page, click the question mark at the top right and select "Privacy Check" The above privacy issues include who can see your Facebook posts, how many of your profile information is public, and which apps are using Facebook as their credentials.
On your mobile device:
- On Tap on any Facebook page three horizontal lines on the bottom right of the screen (on an iPhone) or on the top right (on an Android) Scro go to "Settings & Privacy"> "Privacy Shortcuts"> "Review some important privacy settings"
- You are experiencing the same privacy issues as in the web version
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