Facebook shows this week not careful enough to jump with the data of its users. What can you do to keep using Facebook but to share as little personal information as possible? We give five practical tips.
Five Handy Facebook Privacy Tips
Facebook has a bad week. Now it turns out that the social network carelessly dealt with the private data of users, it rains online complaints and the hashtag #deletefacebook has been trending on Twitter for days.
Deleting your entire Facebook account is of course an option, but there will be many people who would rather not give up their photos, messages and friends list. In that case, you can limit the options of the network considerably, by withdrawing privileges. This can be done in the following ways.
1. Turn Off Location Settings
When you install Facebook, the app requests access to your location data. Probably you said yes to this, but this is one of the most privacy-sensitive decisions. This means Facebook and all apps from third parties that you have linked where you are, where you live, work and where you eat out. Valuable info for advertisers who can vote for their advertising. If you regret this now, you can withdraw this access. You do this as follows.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad;
- Tap “Privacy”;
- Choose ‘General’ and ‘Location facilities’;
- Tap Facebook and then choose ‘Never’.
2. Disable Third-Party Apps That You Do Not Use
Your Facebook account probably has been around for years, and at that time you have used the social network to log in to all kinds of apps and services from third parties. As long as these apps have access, they remain active, even if you do not use them yourself. A potential privacy danger, because some apps do not know exactly what they do with that data.
We therefore recommend scrutinizing this list of apps with a critical eye and deleting all apps that you no longer use or do not trust. You do this as follows.
- Open Facebook on your Mac or PC;
- Click on the arrow at the top right and choose ‘Settings’;
- Click on ‘Apps’ in the menu on the left side of the screen;
- Choose “View all” for a complete list.
Here you can then delete or change access to your Facebook data per app. For example, leave the apps you are still using, such as AirBNB, but delete old games or apps that you have not opened for years.
3. Limit The Partial Settings
Facebook is made to share things, but what data do you rate and which do not? You can adjust these settings manually to the smallest detail. For example, in this menu you can set that strangers do not have access to your profile. You open this menu as follows.
- Open Facebook on your Mac or PC;
- Click on the arrow at the top right of the question mark and choose ‘Settings’;
- Click on ‘Privacy’ in the column on the left;
- Also look at ‘Timeline’ and Taggen ‘for more privacy options.
Then you can set per institution whether the info is public and who can send friend requests, view tagged messages and more. For example, by setting that search engines outside Facebook can not refer to your profile and your messages can only be seen by friends, your account will be less public at once.
If you want to go a step further, we recommend setting all settings to ‘Friends only’. You can then continue to use Facebook, but only share the info with people whose friend request you have accepted. This also applies to the ‘Timeline and Tagging’ part of the Settings.
4. Delete Unnecessary Personal Information And Do The Privacy Check
Facebook has a built-in privacy control, which makes it easy to limit what data you share. Here you can indicate whether messages are public. You open this as follows:
- Open Facebook and click on the question mark in the upper right corner;
- Choose Privacy check and go through the three steps;
- In the last window choose ‘More information’.
This screen contains all the information you share with Facebook. Here you can indicate where you live, where you work, what training you have done and whether you have a relationship. Maybe you used to enjoy this information before, and now you look at it differently. View these data critically and adjust them where necessary.
5. View And Adjust The Ad Rules
Facebook sells your information so that advertisers can better tailor advertisements to your interests, place of residence and other factors. Fortunately, you have something to say about this yourself, although Facebook has hidden this option well. You can find him via this link.
In this screen you can disable that advertisements may analyze your internet and app usage. This window also contains a list of all the pages that you have liked, and you can indicate per page whether this data may be used for advertisements. It may take some time to adjust these settings, but it ultimately ensures that Facebook knows less than before.