Are You Oversharing Your Details Online?

Facebook has recently received some serious heat over its data-sharing practices after third parties accessed the personal data of millions of account holders. Some unlucky users even discovered that Facebook had been tracking and saving their text messages and calls for years. Facebook has argued that it’s privacy settings could be changed at any time to limit its access to your data, but is it really only the user’s responsibility?

If you can’t unplug from the social networking world just yet, now is as good a time as any to double check your privacy settings to ensure your confidentiality and stop the big bad data collection monster from leeching your information.

Follow the steps and video below to protect yourself a little better on Facebook… no one likes an oversharer.

Removing Facebook from Apps

By removing Facebook from connected apps you are essentially preventing third party apps from accessing your account and its information.

To block apps:

  1. Click on the down arrow button to the right of the question mark icon on the Facebook navigation bar
  2. Select “Settings”
  3. Select “Apps and Websites” from the left-hand-side toolbar
  4. Remove individual apps as desired by holding your mouse over the app and clicking the “X”
  5. Follow the prompts

Prevent apps from interacting with Facebook by:

  1. Select “Apps and Websites” from the left-hand-side toolbar
  2. Select “Edit” under “Apps Websites and games”
  3. Click “Turn off”

Block Specific Data used by other apps

This method cuts off the data that your Facebook friends take with them to other apps such as your birthday, relationships, education, employment etc.

  1. Click on the down arrow button to the right of the question mark icon on the Facebook navigation bar
  2. Select “Settings”
  3. Select “Apps and Websites” from the left-hand-side toolbar
  4. Select “Apps Others Use” and click “Edit”
  5. On the pop-up Window choose the data you will allow for your friends to share on other apps
  6. Click “Save” to keep the changes

Turn off Facebook’s data collection on other Websites

This step prevents third parties from using your information for advertising purposes.

  1. Click on the down arrow button to the right of the question mark icon on the Facebook navigation bar
  2. Select “Settings”
  3. Select “Ads” from the left-hand-side toolbar
  4. Scroll to “Ad Settings”
  5. Choose on or off “Ads based on data from partners”
  6. Choose on or off “Ads based on your activity on Facebook Company Products that you see elsewhere”
  7. Choose “Only my friends” or “No One” for “Ads that include your social actions”
  8. Scroll to “Your Information” and manage what ads are directed to your based on your personal information

 

Download your Facebook information profile

Still feeling a bit exposed? You can download and review the information that Facebook holds on you at any time.

  1. Click on the down arrow button to the right of the question mark icon on the Facebook navigation bar
  2. Select “Your Facebook information”
  3. Select “Download your information”
  4. Click “Create File”

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