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4 Measures to Protect Your Data on Facebook

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4 measures to protect your data on Facebook
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Following the controversy over the misuse of user data, it is important to know some simple measures to protect your data on Facebook.

Online Privacy is increasingly difficult to guarantee, so you need to know measures to protect your data on Facebook.

The most recent – and also most controversial – case about the misuse and unauthorized use of data taken from Facebook concerns Cambridge Analytica, a consultant that used data on some 50 million Facebook users. This case even gave rise to the #deletefacebook movement.

How to Protect Your Data on Facebook

If you do not want to opt for such an extreme measure, learn how to protect yourself from the misappropriation of the data you share on the largest social network in the world.

1. Remove Facebook’s permission to access some apps

Giving access to your Facebook profile information is a requirement for many apps. So, it’s important to know which apps have access to this kind of information (especially since you may be giving access to apps you don’t even use anymore).

You can manage this information in ‘Settings’ and then ‘Apps’. Here you will be able to see which applications, websites and plug-ins have access to your Facebook information, and you can withdraw permission from those you find most convenient.

2. Manage advertising preferences

After going to ‘Settings’, by clicking on the ‘Ads’ option, you can disable permissions you have given Facebook to share information regarding advertising, such as the status of your relationship and professional position. You can also remove data on interests that Facebook uses for ads.

3. Configure privacy settings

You can control who can and can’t see your activity on Facebook by going to ‘Settings’ and choosing the ‘Privacy’ option. We recommend that you limit the ability to view your posts, friend lists, phone number, and other details to friends or just you (unless there’s information you want to have fully open).

It is also wise to disable the functionality that allows search engines to list your profile link in the searches that are made there. If you have the Facebook app installed on your smartphone, it’s prudent to check your location settings by going to your device’s settings, then the app menu, and choosing the use or never option.

4. Use a browser that prevents monitoring

Browsers like Firefox and Safari have a system called “Intelligent Tracking Protection,” which makes it harder for Facebook, Google and others to keep track of your activity after you leave your domains through the use of ads and cookies. Make sure you use a browser that has this feature and keep it active.

That’s it!

So, there you have it folks! These are the four easy-peasy steps to keep your data safe and sound on Facebook. But wait, don’t just stop here! Keep yourself updated with the latest privacy policies and make sure to review your settings regularly. Remember, your data is valuable and it’s your responsibility to protect it. So, go ahead and take control of your online presence. And let me know in the comments what else you have done to keep your account secure.

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