Mark Zuckerberg has a gigantic social network. Adding up the number of accounts he owns – Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram – gives you $ 3.5 billion, or about half of the world's population. Granted, many people will have multiple accounts and belong to several services, but still many pokes, likes and cat gifs. Especially impressive given the skepticism and love-hate that many have with their empire, especially the Facebook mothership ̵
It's a Faustian Pact: In return for these sometimes useful services, we give up our privacy and allow Facebook to sell our lives for data to advertisers – but it's a deal we can refine a bit to get some of our dignity to win back. Here are some suggestions on how to …
1 Hide Your Facebook Profile From Search Engines
If anyone should Google your name (or Bing), your Facebook profile may be one of the first entries in the list of results , If you do not want this to happen, go to the account settings page of the Facebook app and select Privacy. The last option "Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile?" Can be disabled with a few clicks. Note that it can take some time to disappear from the search results, and they can still be found on Facebook.
2 Prevent Facebook from pursuing you outside of Facebook
The technology of Facebook extends far beyond Facebook itself, as you will know if you are ever using your Facebook credentials on another website or logged in to another app. As a result, you may see hotel ads on Facebook if you spend a lot of time on hotel websites. If it does not, go to the Ads Preferences screens and select "Can you see interest-based online ads from Facebook?" And turn it off. You still get the same number of ads on the social network, but they are not based on browsing sites without Facebook.
3 Stop Facebook with your likes in ads
You've probably seen ads in your newsfeed that relate to something your friend liked. If you do not want your own likes to be exploited in this way, open the Account Settings page, tap the "Ads" button and select "Who can see your social actions associated with ads?". By changing the bottom value to "None", you can ensure that your Facebook contacts will not see any ads associated with your likes. However, they can still be used to influence the ads in your own feed.
4 Stop Marking People
If one of your friends wants to upload an embarrassing photo of you, there's not much you can do other than ask them not to do it; However, you can prevent the image (or any type of post, updates to locations) from being tagged with your name. From the Facebook apps menu, select the settings menu, settings and timeline, and tagging. In this screen, you can enable a post-validation feature so that you can block or approve all tags before they are applied. There are a number of other tag-related settings that allow you to play on the same screen.
5 Disconnecting Third-Party Apps
You may have signed up for different apps and services However, Facebook does not give these third-party developers permanent access to your account. Go to Account Settings and Apps, and within the mobile apps you can change the permissions of these external apps and  You can even kick them out altogether – Ideally, you want all that Do not use it regularly, start it up (you can always add it later). The fewer connections you have, the safer and more private your account .
6 Automatically Stop Facebook While Playing Videos
Timeline may look like a cascade of YouTube spam and irrelevant video ads – The latter are important to Facebook, as they are a major source of revenue. YouTube content may not be suitable for viewing on your desktop, and the ads are likely to be irritating. Therefore, you should disable the automatic playback. This is how it works: In your browser, select Settings, Video, and for videos with auto-play, select the "Off" button. In the iOS app, select "Never" to automatically play videos.
7 Muting Conversations in Messenger
You may not want to see or hear particularly busy conversational threads in the Facebook Messenger app. It alerts you every time a new message pops up – this is where mute comes into play. On Android, tap the info button (top right) within a conversation and select notifications for a specific period of 15 minutes to infinity. In iOS, tap the title of the conversation, not the Info button. Messages will continue to be sent, but you will not receive any notifications on your device until they are reactivated.
8 Block other WhatsApp users
Sorry, there's always the possibility Not everyone you chattest with has nice things to say, but WhatsApp includes a feature to block contacts quickly and is efficient. Locked contacts can not send you messages or phone calls, can not see you when online, and can not see your status or Avatar image from WhatsApp. Go to the app menu, select Settings, Account, Privacy and then Locked contacts (Android) or Locked (iOS): In the following screen, you can lock and unlock contacts. You can also quickly block contacts within individual conversation windows by opening the chat menu.
9 Keep Your Location On Instagram
Be Careful Of Adding Location Information To Your Instagram Photos Feed is public and for areas near your home or work. If you go to your profile page and tap the location PIN, you can see which of your pictures are linked to a location. To remove the geotag, tap the menu button (on Android), choose Edit and tap the photos or photo groups you'd like to remove. Remember Instagram also allows you to share pictures (geotags or others) in private one-to-one conversations rather than as a main feed.
10 Preventing contacts from seeing when they read their WhatsApp messages
Go to the main settings page WhatsApp for the "Read Receipts" option – If you disable this setting, users will not know if you have read their latest news , However, the feature will also be turned off in the other direction so that you will no longer see whether your messages have been received (these two blue ticks that are usually displayed after posts). The most recent update (which shows your contacts when you last opened the app) works in the same way and can be disabled.
11 Enable Two-Step Verification
This is probably the wisest security measure you can take to prevent your account from being hacked. With this feature enabled, every time someone or someone else attempts to sign in to your account from a new computer or device, Facebook will write you a code that you need to complete. Locate this feature from the top-right drop-down menu: Settings, Security, Login Sharing and check the box: "Require a security code to check my account from unknown browsers."
12 Download All Your Data
Meanwhile, there's no security in it, downloading all the data Facebook stores about you is an eye-opening exercise. Go to the settings and click the "Download a copy of your Facebook data" link at the bottom of the page. Once you have opened the ZIP file, you can see everything . This includes any message you have ever sent or received but not deleted (ie many that you would rather forget); every time you click on an ad; every survey you conduct; every photo you have uploaded; IP addresses you used to log in to Facebook (and the locations Facebook refers to); the ads you are interested in; and all you ever touched (stop giggling). You can call it surveillance.
13 Choose Who Can See Your Posts
Whenever you refresh your Facebook status through the mobile apps (or elsewhere), you'll see a viewer selector box that's probably "friends." "has selected. Tap this button to choose who can see exactly what your next post will look like: you can limit it to family members, work colleagues, or an even smaller group of people (you can specify contacts as needed). Friend lists are useful here – Facebook automatically does something for you (close friends and acquaintances for example), but you can create your own via the Facebook page of the desktop
14 Delete your account
If you make your data you crazy, the only way to remove them from the Facebook servers is to delete your account. Facebook takes up to 90 days to scrub you from its databases. Keep in mind, however, that elements such as sent messages and photos from friends will be preserved. The bonus of this tactic is that you can never use Tinder again.
15 Disable Your Account
If deleting your account is too drastic, too cold, you could opt for a trial withdrawal from Mark Zuckerberg. Maybe you need a little space to think things through to see if you can survive without the emojis. Deactivation hides your timeline and means that aunts, exes, criminals, etc. are unable to find you through a Facebook search. It also requires an iron will – your account will be reactivated each time you log in again – so stay away from the wine. You can also accidentally reactivate your account if you use your Facebook data to sign in to another website, such as Airbnb. Therefore, it is advisable to remove the third-party apps (see above) before turning them off. Another precaution would be to change your password before deactivating, which will break saved logins that you have distributed on your devices.