5 Ways to Keep Your Data Safe on Facebook


Facebook has all the pictures you took on your birthday and other important events because you uploaded them on your page. Facebook has the means of even getting more information about you. The good news is that you can hide your life from Facebook while posting about your life on Facebook.

Facebook is not just a social network. It's also an advertising network that tracks you online and in real life to get information that will help them modify the ads they serve you. The company can track the sites you visited when planning the trip. It can collect customer info shared by partners, which may include the websites you purchased your stuff. It has similar data about friends who went on tour together; it knows all of you were together, as it has your location information.

The company tracks you so much that at times it looks like Facebook is spying on your conversations. Many people think that Facebook is listening to them via their phone microphone. The social media giant has denied it does, but that did not end the conspiracy theory. Although privacy watchdogs and technical professionals agree it’s unlikely the company is eavesdropping. But that is not enough to make you comfortable, because Facebook data gathering is more effective than eavesdropping on your conversations could be.

The truth is that you cannot prevent Facebook from gathering information about you even if you delete or disable your entire account. The best you can do is limit what Facebook gets. The following are some tips to keep Facebook's off your information.

Log on, click through, opt-out

You need to limit the info Facebook uses to decide which ads it displays to you. You can go into your settings and select "Ads" from the horizontal bar on the left. Then go to the section called "Your Ad Preferences" and click on "Ad Settings".

Under “Ads based on data from Partner ", choose whether to opt-out of seeing ads based on data from companies partnering with Facebook. For example, Facebook says, if you allow it to use this data, "You can see hotel ads if you visit travel sites."

The next part is "Ads on your activity on Facebook products you see elsewhere". You can select whether Facebook uses particular info about you to determine ads you see on other websites. Facebook display ads on pages outside Facebook. Think of the ads you see when reading an article from your local newspaper or shopping on a store's website. The truth is that even though you opt-out from everything, Facebook will still tailor ads based on your age, gender, place of residence and the tastes of people like you.

Disconnect third-party applications

Last year, an informer revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy, misused data harvested from Facebook. This scandal exposed how much information Facebook sends to third-party companies. Because of the scandal, Facebook has changed how third-party apps use your data. Therefore it is a good idea to review your settings if you have not done so recently.

On the Settings page, select “Apps and Websites” in the left bar. At the top of the webpage, you will see a list of all the apps or websites you have connected with your Facebook account. The following can help remove particular third-party applications or limit the information they can request.

Below the section is where you can disconnect all access to your Facebook account from third-party apps. Below "Preferences," look for the "Apps, Websites and Games." Select Edit to disable access to your account. If you fully disconnect your account from third-party applications you will not be able to use Facebook’s “Comment” and “like” features or access those applications with your Facebook account on third-party sites.

Use external blocking tools

You don’t need to depend on Facebook settings to secure your information. There are other tools that can help you take your privacy to the next level. Safari will automatically prevent Facebook and any third-party service from using two kinds of web trackers on websites: browser fingerprints and third-party cookies. It's important to control these tracking devices if you want to check Facebook's ability to track you.

These third-party cookies allow Facebook to track your activity on any website that uses its shares, likes, and comments features. Safari will allow you to activate them if you want to use those features. Browser fingerprint allows Facebook to retain a constant record of your activity, even when you delete cookies.

Also, Firefox has an extension called Facebook Container, which separates Facebook account from a user’s activity on third-party websites. This means that Facebook knows your activity on other websites if you use the Facebook Share button. Features like Facebook container disable Facebook's comments and like on third-party websites, and you cannot connect to other services using your Facebook account.

Keep your location under wraps

You can control how much Facebook knows about people around you, whether coworkers, friends, or strangers in the subway. The most important thing to take care of is to remove the app's access to the location services on your phone. However, that's not easy for anyone. Your IP address discloses your location to the websites you visit and the apps you use. Therefore hide your IP with a VPN.

A VPN is a service that switches your Internet connection to another location before you connect to a website or app. For example, you may be on a Miami Beach, but your VPN may suggest to Facebook that you are elsewhere (e.g. London) depending on the IP address it sees. You don’t need to choose any VPN. Ensure you choose the one that has been verified by privacy experts.

You may need to log in to Facebook and confirm your identity more often if Facebook thinks you are using a different IP address all the time. It can be difficult to use a virtual private network continuously, so you probably won’t be able to hide your location always.

Avoid installing the Facebook app on your phone

The last step is that you need to avoid installing Facebook application on your smartphone; this will prevent Facebook from including your contacts to info it gathers about you. If you continue in this way, it will be a skip, hop, and a jump to delete your Facebook account. You should also consider quitting other Facebook-owned services, such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger. This will not prevent other tech giants, such as Google, and others ad networks from gathering similar info about you when you surf the Internet.

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