O ver the weekend, it was revealed that a political research firm had harvested data from nearly 50 million Facebook profiles.
It’s not entirely accurate to call the incident a “data breach.” Most of the user data that the firm, Cambridge Analytica, had access to was handed over willingly by those users.
Basically, those users gave Facebook permissions to a personality quiz app. It was only after media outlets reported that the app’s creator gave that data to Cambridge Analytica that Facebook took action and pulled the plug — claiming that sharing user data was against their rules.
App developers can request to access a lot of your Facebook data, from your religious and political beliefs, to your friends list and public posts. Services, social media sites and platforms that you use Facebook to sign up for can also ask for this data.
Worse still, we may be giving access to that private data without really thinking about it. With the recent news, now is a good time to review and shore up your privacy practices on Facebook. Here’s how.
√ How to Protect Your Privacy
Digital and online privacy is a pretty expansive topic, and there are numerous facets of it that can involve Facebook and social media.
So, in the interest of time, we’ll focus on one particular area: the personal data that third-party services and platforms can access — and probably already do.
1 Think About Who You Grant Permission To
When you use a Facebook app, that app will typically ask for permission to view and access some of your personal data.
But it’s not just personality quizzes and Facebook games. There’s a wide range of social media platforms, websites, iOS apps and services that allow you to login or create a new account via your Facebook profile.
When you sign up for their platforms, they can also ask to see some of your personal data.
Facebook’s privacy and permission policies also change and have tightened up in recent years. While that means their policies are stricter now, it also means that apps you granted access to before 2014 may have permission to see a ton of your data.
The pre-2014 permission access allows these apps to see your relationships, interests, birthdays, education history, status updates, work history, notes — and a slew of data points on your friends, too.
2 Review Apps You’ve Given Access To
You can carefully weigh what data points third-parties can access in the future and hopefully mitigate any issues. But chances are you’ve already granted permission to quite a few apps and platforms already.
Luckily, you can review the overall lists of platforms and parties by doing the following.
If you’re on a computer, then use the following steps.
- Open up your favorite browser and log in to Facebook.
- Click the downward-arrow in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Click Settings.
- On the left-hand, click on Apps.
Alternatively, if you’re on mobile (iOS and Android), then do this.
- Open Facebook.
- Tap on the three-lined icon in the bottom right.
- Scroll down and tap on Settings.
- Tap on Account Settings.
- Scroll down and tap on Apps.
In either case, you’ll see a Logged in with Facebook category. This is where all of your app permissions live.
If you spot an app that you’re not keen on having access to your data, you have two options.
- Revoke App Permissions. You can take away an app’s ability to see your data entirely. On a computer, hover over the app in question and click the X. On mobile, tap on the app and scroll down. Tap Remove App.
- Edit App Permissions. Alternatively, you can simply adjust the amount of data that apps can see. On a computer, hover over the app and click Edit. Click the blue checkmark next to the particular data point you’d like to revoke. On mobile, tap on the app and then the data point to remove it.
3 Revoke Data Access from Apps Other Use
Unfortunately, it’s not just your own apps and platforms that can access your data. Your friends’ apps can, too. That means a personality quiz that your Facebook friend signs up for can —theoretically — view your hometown, religious and political preferences, and other data points.
To edit what they can see, try this.
- On mobile or desktop, tap on the section that says Apps others use.
- From here, you can edit the data points that friends’ apps can access.
- While there’s no specific toggle to turn it off, if you remove all data points, then the feature is technically “disabled.”
4 Consider Contacting The Third-Party
There’s an important point to note here. Performing the steps above only revokes current and future access to your data.
In other words, third-party apps may have already collected your data. Those apps may very well be storing that data, too.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot you can do at this point — but you can try contacting the developer and asking to have your data removed.
- On your computer, click on the app in question. At the very bottom of the pop-up window, you’ll see (in small text) an option that says Report App. In the next window, click I want to send my own message to the developer.
- On mobile, tap on an app. Scroll down and tap Report App. Select I want to send my own message to the developer.
You can then write up a message asking them to delete your data. There’s nothing in Facebook’s policies that state developers must fulfill your request — but it’s worth a shot.
√ Other Privacy Tips & Best Practices
Of course, reviewing your app permissions is only one aspect of online privacy. In fact, it’s only one aspect of Facebook privacy. There’s perhaps too much to cover here, but there are a few key takeaways to keep in mind.
- Know that your Facebook profile is public. Anyone can see your profile picture, gender, name and other fairly general but still personal information (even if they’re not your friend). That can include the pages you like and comment on.
- Check your post privacy. When you’re creating a status, you can change whether the post is public (open to anyone on or off Facebook).
- Consider a Privacy Checkup. Facebook offers a built-in feature that easily allows you to see some of your privacy preferences.
- On a computer, click the ? icon and Privacy Checkup. On mobile, scroll down and click on Privacy Shortcuts and then Privacy Checkup.
Apr 20, 2018, 8:00 am EST | 3 min read
In response to the Cambridge Analytica fiasco and the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Facebook has started making it easier for people to control who and what can see and use your data on Facebook. Let’s take a look at what you can do to protect your privacy.
Use Facebook’s New Privacy Tools
The GDPR has forced Facebook to introduce new privacy options and they’ve decided to roll them out world wide. At some point in the next couple of months you’ll get a pop up asking you to make some choices about:
- Ads based on data from Facebook’s partners.
- Information—like relationship status and religion—that you are currently sharing on your profile.
- Whether or not you want to allow Facebook to use facial recognition.
When you get the pop up asking you to review them, do it straight away. That doesn’t, however, mean there’s nothing you can do now.
Complete a Privacy Check-up
Facebook’s mobile app has a handy Privacy Check-up that walks you through some important privacy settings. For some reason, it’s not available through the website. Head to the Settings > Settings and Privacy > Privacy Shortcuts > Privacy Check-up.
There are three separate steps. First, you select the default setting for who can see your posts when you share them—Public, Friends, Friends Except, and Only Me. Of course, whatever default you set here, you can override when you make an actual post. For example, if your default is to only share posts with friends, you could still share a particular post publicly if you wanted to.
Next, you’ll see a list of all the information on your profile and who it’s currently shared with. I didn’t realize so many of my old email addresses were visible to any of my 1500 friends, so I changed a few of them to Only Me.
Finally, you will see a list of all the apps and websites you’ve given permission to access your data. You can change who can see your activity in those apps on Facebook and, if you want, delete an app and block it from accessing your data again. To do that, tap the “X” and then tap the “Delete app” button. This is how Cambridge Analytica (and many, many other companies) got data from millions of Facebook users, so it’s worth going through and removing any apps you don’t use just in case.
It’s also worth noting that you can clean up your Facebook apps on the website; there just isn’t a simple wizard like there is in the mobile app.
Think About What You Post
This one probably goes without saying, but you should consider carefully what you post on Facebook. It’s easy to let personal information slip out. For example, a photo of a college acceptance letter could give away things like your address, date of birth, and SSN. A photo outside the front of your house combined with regular check-ins nearby could reveal where you live.
While it can feel like you only interact with your closest friends on Facebook, you’re probably also friends with a load of casual acquaintances. If you wouldn’t tell them where you live or give them your phone number when you see them, you should make sure that you don’t accidentally give it to them on Facebook.
Unfriend or Block People You Don’t Know or Like
On the subject of large friends lists, if there are a lot of people you don’t know—or don’t like—on yours, you should go through and unfriend them. If you really don’t like them and think they might wish you ill, you should block them too.
While you can limit your Facebook posts to certain people, if you have no intention of speaking to a person again, it’s pointless to remain friends with them. Why share personal details with people you don’t know or like?
Limit or Delete Your Past Posts
Facebook has been around for over a decade. I know I’ve changed a lot in the last ten years and that there are some very embarrassing posts in my history. I’ve been using Facebook’s On This Day feature to slowly remove the worst of them but if you’ve got some potentially personal or compromising posts in your history, you should go through and remove them. If there’s more than one or two, you can change the privacy on all your past posts quickly or use a Chrome extension to delete them fully.
You should also un-tag yourself from any bad photos. It won’t get rid of them, but it will stop people from finding them through your profile.
Facebook’s privacy settings have historically been an absolute nightmare. The good news is that they’re apparently committed to making things easier for everyone. Rest assured, whenever Facebook rolls out a new way to protect your privacy, we’ll update you on how to use it.
Our tips can help you control what others see and know about you
Facebook’s privacy controls are extensive and can be challenging to use. Although using them won’t necessarily stop your friends from passing along to others sensitive information you’ve entrusted to them, they can help you avoid disclosing more information than you intend to strangers, friends, and family. Here’s a guide to some of the best ways to use Facebook’s privacy controls based on Facebook’s Timeline user interface. For more information, read Facebook & Your Privacy, a special report from our June 2012 issue.
Consider your most private information
Do you really need to identify your employer and relatives or include your religious beliefs and political views in your profile? Before entering such personal information, carefully consider the risks.
Regularly check your exposure
If you’ve never used Facebook’s privacy controls, you may be sharing more information than you intend. Check your security monthly, first by seeing how your Facebook page looks to others and, if needed, reviewing individual privacy settings.
Here’s how to check out what your page looks like to others:
At the top of your Facebook Home page, click on your user name to go to your Timeline page.
Click on the menu to the right of your name and photo, then select View As.
The resulting Timeline shows you what the public can see when viewing your page. To see what your page looks like to a particular Facebook friend, enter that friend’s name in the box.
You may notice some personal profile information, such as your employer, school, or list of Facebook friends, that can be seen by the public (or a friend) but that you’d rather not share. Facebook’s privacy controls let you restrict access to most such information.
How to find Facebook’s privacy controls? From your Home or Timeline page, just open the menu at the top of the page and select Privacy Settings.
Protect basic information
To restrict access to parts of your profile information, such as your birth date, relationship status, family relationships, and employer, click on Update Info in the small box below the Timeline cover photo. That will take you to a page where you can restrict access to those, as well as to your friends list, photos, and Likes.
You can also click on the respective item (for example, Friends, Photos, or Likes) in the row directly beneath the Timeline cover photo. The ensuing links will take you to a page where you can tailor the respective privacy settings item by item.
If you want to restrict access to all of the same profile information, you can also go to the Privacy Settings page by clicking on editing your timeline info in the text near the top of the page.
Know what you cannot protect
Your Facebook name and profile photo remain accessible to everyone on the Web. You can keep others from capturing an image of your face by not having a profile photo or by using an image of something other than your face as your profile photo.
If you use a Timeline cover photo, it’s accessible to anyone on the Web.
UnPublic your status updates
If you haven’t ever changed the audience for your status updates, those you’ve already made will have had their audience set to Public. To protect sensitive information you may have posted, you could go through them one by one and selectively restrict the audience for each. But if there are many of them, it’s probably easier, and safer, to change the audience for them all at once to just Friends, and then expand the audience for only those updates that merit wider disclosure.
To protect all past status updates:
From the Privacy Settings page, next to Limit the Audience for Past Posts, click on Manage Past Post Visibility.
When the popup appears, click on Limit Old Posts. Then, when asked, click on Confirm. (Once you confirm, you can’t reverse the process with just one click, but there is a way to change past privacy settings one post at a time.)
To protect future status updates:
If you don’t select an audience with whom to share a status update, it will be shared with the same audience as your last post was. To change the audience selector, open the pull-down menu and select an audience, such as Friends. You can always go back and change the audience for a post, but it’s better to set it correctly before the update goes live.
Some Facebook apps for mobile devices don’t have an inline audience selector. You can set the default audience for status updates you post from those apps in Privacy Settings by changing the setting for Control Your Default Privacy. The Custom setting offers a variety of options, including restricting your future posts to friends of friends, specific individuals, or custom lists, or hiding them.
Turn off automatic face recognition (Tag Suggest)
Facebook can recognize your face in photos your friends upload and make it easier for them to tag you. But if you’d rather not be recognized, go to Privacy Settings and click on Edit Settings for Timeline and Tagging.
In the pop-up box that appears, for Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?, click on Friends.
Another pop-up will appear. Change Friends to No One and click Okay.
Once you do that, Facebook will delete the photo-comparison data it normally stores to help with photo recognition.
Block snooping apps and sites
Unless you intercede, friends can share personal information about you with apps they use. Here are two ways to block such sharing.
Method 1: Turn off all apps:
If you do this, you’ll block all apps your friends use from accessing information about you. But as Facebook’s Data Use Policy warns, you’ll also no longer be able to use any games, apps, or other sites through Facebook. Here’s how to do it:
From the Privacy Settings page, click on Edit Settings for Ads, Apps and Websites. You’ll be taken to the Apps, Games and Websites Page for privacy settings. There, click on Turn off all apps. A confirmation pop-up will appear.
You can also block your friends from sharing individual items of information about you without having to turn off all apps.
Method 2: Restrict info you share with apps:
If you use this privacy control, you can decide which information you’re willing to share with apps your friends use and which to block. One advantage of this approach: You won’t be restricted from running apps yourself.
In Privacy Settings, click on Edit Settings for Ads, Apps and Websites. There, next to How people bring your info to apps they use, click on Edit Settings.
When the How people bring your info to apps they use pop-up appears, leave items of information you’re willing to share—for example, “If I’m online”—checked. But be sure to uncheck any item you don’t want shared. When you’re done, click Save Changes.
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Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Local, explains exactly how to navigate Facebook’s privacy settings.
00:11 Dave Kerpen: Oh, Facebook privacy settings, a lot has been said about how to keep safe and how to avoid disaster with Facebook privacy settings. Let’s take a look at exactly how to do this right. So, in the upper right-hand corner, you can click on that privacy icon and you can see three main categories: “Who can see my stuff?”, “Who can contact me?”, and “How do I stop someone from bothering me?” If you click on “Who can see my stuff?” you can set up various filters for the public, or just friends, or certain lists of particular groups of friends to see your posts. You can also see your previous posts as well as how other people view your timeline.
00:56 Kerpen: If you click on “Who can contact me?” you can make it easy for people to contact you or a lot harder for people to contact you. You can allow everyone to friend request you or you can allow only certain people to friend request you. And, of course, if you click on “How do I stop someone from bothering me?” you can actually block people so that they’ll never even see you exist on Facebook. I’ll just block my friend, Andrew, because we just had a fight. Just kidding.
01:23 Kerpen: Now, if you click on “See more settings” you can see the entire list of all possible privacy settings and get into all the details, privacy, timeline and tagging, blocking and notifications. But I think the most important thing to look at when you’re thinking about privacy settings is each of your individual posts. You can actually set privacy settings on every post.
01:49 Kerpen: So, if you’re out partying, you might not want to share that post with your clients. So you might want to set a group of just friends or just close friends to see that. On the other hand, if you’re sharing a link about an article that you want for your clients. “Here’s an amazing article about the tax code.” If you’re an accountant, you might not want your friends to see that. So, you might want to set up a list for just business associates to see that so that you don’t bore your friends and family with your business.
02:30 Kerpen: As long as you manage Facebook privacy settings carefully, you can do a great job of keeping in contact with both your friends and family as well as your business associates.
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September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — As Big Tech continues to censor, manipulate, and spy on its users, ordinary people from across the world are trying to find new ways to ensure that their privacy and freedom aren’t violated.
Dr. Robert Epstein is a Harvard-trained researcher who has testified to Congress about the invasive techniques companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube rely on.
He told LifeSite’s John-Henry Westen this week that if people want to fight back, there are a handful of things they can do.
Below is a compilation of what Dr. Epstein believes are the best ways individuals can fight back against Big Tech.
1. Stop using Google
“If people want to see how I use the internet and how I protect myself and my family, they can go to www.MyPrivacyTips.com. About half of that article that I wrote is about getting away from Google. You have to get away from Google. That’s the first thing.”
Epstein says Google is “the most aggressive spying tool ever invented — funded from the outset by the NSA and the CIA to identify people who are a threat to national security.”
Google, Fitbit, Nest, and all other similar products are collecting data about us non-stop, Epstein says.
“Personal devices are listening to you. So your mobile phones are listening to you. Your Alexa device, which is an Amazon product, is listening to you, never stops listening or recording. The Google assistant, which is on Android devices, is always listening. And of course, Google Home, the Google home device, which is like Alexa, is always listening. And Google has been trying very hard to convince people to put the home device into every single room in the home. That’s why it’s called Google Home, because they want to own your home.”
2. Use alternative search engines
Start using non-Google search engines.
“There are other search engines. They’re not always as good, but StartPage.com actually draws from Google[.] … [It] gives you pretty good search results.”
“SwissCows.com is pretty darn good. So there are some alternatives.”
“When you start to type a search term into Google search box, you’re being manipulated from the very first character that you type[.] . [T]hey’re not trying to help you with your search. They’re trying to manipulate your search.”
3. Stop using Gmail
“Jettison Gmail. . [Y]ou must not use Gmail,” Epstein continued.
“All the emails, including the private ones where you say things you wouldn’t want anybody to read, the ones that you sort of mark confidential. all that is nevertheless public to Google.”
“All … confidential email . is being recorded and analyzed by Google. In fact, that kind of information is considered … extreme high value content at Google.”
“If you’re a grown-up and you’ve been using the internet for maybe close to 20 years, Google alone has the equivalent of about three million pages of information about you.”
4. Sign up for ProtonMail
“You have to move on to a type of e-mail service that preserves privacy. … The one I use and recommend at the moment is called ProtonMail,” Epstein said.
“It’s based in Switzerland. It’s subject to very strict Swiss privacy laws. The basic service is free. … [I]f you’re using it heavily, you have to pay a few dollars each month. . [I]t’s absolutely worth it. Absolutely worth it.”
Epstein continued, “If you’re writing ProtonMail to ProtonMail, you’re completely protected. The information is encrypted end to end, which means even the people of ProtonMail can’t read it. And that’s how it should be. That’s how communications should be.”
“If you switch to ProtonMail, you will still have no privacy when corresponding with someone using Gmail or hidden Google servers. I tell people whose emails are shared with Google that if they want to communicate with me, they will need to use a a more secure email service, and they usually switch.”
5. “Dump Chrome”
“You’ve got to dump Chrome, Google’s browser,” Epstein says.
The reason Google created Chrome is “because the search engine wasn’t enough. The search engine only gave them information if you were searching for something and then went to a website … so they had to develop Chrome … because some people just go directly to websites without going through Google. So Chrome gives them everything.”
“Chrome lets them monitor every single thing you’re doing online. Period,” Epstein stated. “Whether you’re going through Google or not or using any Google products.”
“By the way. you agree to all this surveillance, because under their terms of service, which we all agree to, according to the terms of service, whenever we use a Google product, even if we don’t know we’re using a Google product . the service says ‘we can track you.’”
“If you value your privacy, never use Chrome, even in the bogus ‘Incognito’ mode, which still tracks you,” Epstein wrote on his website MyPrivacyTips.com.
6. Rely on FireFox and other browsers
“Use FireFox — which is maintained by a nonprofit organization — or use the new Brave browser, which is what I now use.”
“Google can still get information about you when you’re using Firefox or Safari, but nowhere near as much as they get when you’re using Chrome. The Brave browser, which blocks all ads, is faster than Chrome and was developed by the software engineer who built Firefox.”
7. Toss out your Android phones
“You’ve gotta dump Android, which is Google’s operating system.”
“Android is an operating system which Google, well, borrowed and then basically enhanced so that they can monitor to you even when you’re offline. In other words, if you’re off line on your mobile device and it’s an Android device, it’s still tracking every single thing you do.”
“It’s tracking every piece of music you listen to on your device and maybe every movie that you watch and every memo that you take. And so on your shopping lists at the moment, you go back online, all the new information is immediately uploaded to Google. So Android is an extremely aggressive surveillance tool.”
“There are few Android phones which strip away Google’s surveillance tools[.] . [G]enerally speaking . you have to avoid Android.”
Dr. Epstein, who was featured in the documentary The Creepy Line, said he doesn’t believe that regulation will fix everything but that it can help with some things.
“At the higher level . we eventually need some authorities to do some pretty dramatic things. I would say it’s unlikely those things are going to be done. Senator Cruz himself said to me, he said, the problem is the Democrats are better off benefiting from these companies and also getting huge donations from these companies and getting lots of votes.”
“[Senator Cruz] also said that Republicans don’t like to regulate . so we’re pretty much stuck. But we all have to keep fighting. We’ve got to fight at a high level. We’ve got to get monitoring systems set up . that [don’t] threaten anyone’s politics[.] … [M]onitoring systems have to become permanent around the world.”
- March 19, 2018
Revelations that a voter-profiling company that worked Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign harvested private information from 50 million Facebook profiles have many people wondering: What, if anything, can they do to protect their data connected to the social network?
Here’s the harsh truth: Not much, short of ceasing to browse the web entirely or deleting your Facebook account.
Yet there are some best practices you can employ to help safeguard your data, such as installing software to block web tracking technologies and carefully vetting the apps that you use on Facebook.
But it also helps to understand what exactly happened with those 50 million profiles in order to determine how you can better protect your data. Here’s what you need to know.
So what happened?
An academic researcher at Cambridge University built an app called thisisyourdigitallife, which offered to pay Facebook users to take a personality test and agree to share that data for academic use. About 270,000 people participated in the study — enough to extract information on tens of millions of Facebooks users.
How did Cambridge Analytica get data on 50 million people when only 270,000 people had agreed to hand over their information to a third party? Facebook said people who downloaded the app gave consent for the app to collect limited information about their friends whose privacy settings were set to allow it.
That information was eventually paid for by Cambridge Analytica, the voter profiling company that worked with the Trump campaign.
O.K., so what do I do now?
There is a multipronged approach you can take to protect yourself from data-harvesting apps and programs. That includes tools you can install in your browser and settings you can tweak on Facebook. Here’s a run down of what you should do:
• Audit your Facebook apps . If you used Facebook to sign in to a third-party website, game or app, those services may continue to access your personal data. On Facebook, go to the settings page and click on the Apps tab to see which apps are connected to your account. From there, you can take a closer look at the permissions you granted to each app to see what information you are sharing. Remove any apps that you find suspicious or no longer use. (Facebook has also made some changes to prevent the gathering of detailed information of friends of users.)
On the App Settings page there is another setting called Apps Others Use. This is where you choose which details are shared about you when your friends use apps. Make sure to uncheck all the boxes if you don’t want any of your information, like your birthday or hometown, accessed by your friends’ apps.
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• Audit your Facebook privacy settings . If you are concerned about what details apps can see about you and your Facebook friends, now is a good time to check your privacy settings and minimize the information you share publicly. For example, you can make sure that only your friends can see your Facebook posts, or that only you can see your friends list.
• Install a tracker blocker . There are add-ons that you can install in your browser that try to block trackers embedded on websites. But be aware that in some cases, they will make parts of websites work improperly. In our tests, Disconnect and Privacy Badger were useful tools for blocking trackers on Google’s Chrome browser.
Here’s a primer on how tracking works, to give you a sense of why blockers are important: When you engage with an app on Facebook, it may plant a tracker in your web browser, like a cookie, that collects information from you. Even when you close out of the app, the tracker can continue to follow your activities, like the other sites you visit or the people you interact with through status updates, according to Michael Priem, chief executive of Modern Impact, an advertising firm in Minneapolis.
“It doesn’t go away after you’ve stopped looking at the ad,” he said.
• Install an ad blocker . Another way to block trackers is to prevent ads from loading altogether. Ad blockers are also add-ons that you can install for your browser on your mobile device or computer. Mobile ads are fully functioning programs, and they sometimes include malware that harvest some of your data. Even the largest websites do not have tight control over the ads that appear on their sites — and sometimes malicious code can appear inside their ad networks. A popular ad blocker among security researchers is uBlock Origin.
• Clear your browsing data. Periodically, you can clear your cookies and browsing history. Apple, Google and Microsoft have published instructions on how to clear data for their browsers Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer. That will temporarily delete cookies and trackers, though they will probably reappear over time.
• Be wary of unknown brands. Even if you read the privacy policies, you still may have to take them with a grain of salt. In the case of the thisisyourdigitallife app, the fine print said the information would be collected for academic use, not commercial purposes. So think twice before sharing information with unfamiliar companies or organizations. (Then again, the researcher came from Cambridge University, one of the world’s top schools — so who can you really trust?)
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Facebook is great for maintaining relationships of all kinds, but letting them overlap can be a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, it has started to roll out its much-anticipated update to its privacy settings to let users determine on a post-by-post basis exactly who they’re sharing with. Here’s how you can use the new functions to avoid a Facebook meltdown without spending all day micromanaging your privacy preferences.
The Facebook privacy announcement. You’ll know you have access to the new privacy settings if you log on and get a dialog box titled “Important message from Facebook.” Clicking Continue To Next Step will take you to the site’s transition tool, which will allow you to import your old privacy settings.
Facebook has its own explanation video for the transition tool, but the gist of it is that your old profile privacy settings–whether such parts of your profile as About Me, Work and Education, and Religious and Political Views are visible to Everyone, to Friends only, or to Friends of Friends, for example–can be imported or changed here.
Facebook’s old system organized people into regional networks like “San Francisco” or “Japan,” but the new version has removed this so that you won’t be able to restrict information to just people in your area any more. Also, the “Everyone” setting doesn’t just mean all of Facebook–it means the whole Internet, including Google and other search engines and Facebook-enhanced apps.
The transition tool. If you never made any changes to your privacy settings, then Facebook will suggest its default settings. These defaults set your contact info to a Friends-only list; your photos, videos, birthday, and religious/political views to Friends of Friends; and the rest of your profile data to Everyone.
The most important setting in the transition tool is the Posts I Create setting, which sets your default privacy settings on the content you share via Notes, Wall Posts, Shared Links, and so on. Setting this to something more conservative than Everyone will save you the effort of having to manually adjust it on each of your Facebook posts.
Most of the profile privacy setting changes aren’t too dramatic from their old functionality, so many of our tips from the article “Protect Your Privacy on Facebook and Twitter” are still valid.
Tweaking the Feed
The main privacy changes are centered around your Facebook feed. Unlike your profile information, your Facebook feed (all the status updates, pictures, videos, links, and blog posts you and your friends exchange over Facebook) is absolutely loaded with potentially embarrassing or compromising material that you won’t want to share with your whole Friends list, much less the entire Internet.
The new feed privacy controls. When you type anything or paste a link into the open box at the top of your Facebook feed or a friend’s profile, a small lock icon shows up next to the Share button. Click this and you’ll see a menu that lets you define the people you want to show and hide the post from.
You can choose to show to Everyone (which will bring up a warning dialog box before it lets you post), your Friends, a particular group of friends, or the networks (typically school- or employer-based) to whichyou belong.
Once you set your privacy settings and post your content to the feed, it will be visible to everyone who’s allowed to see it. You cannot change the privacy settings for any item in your feed after you post it, including photos and videos, unless you delete and repost. Events and Groups are not affected by these settings, so the We Hate Patrick Miller Club will have to stick to the older privacy controls to stop me from showing up at their club meetings.
You can also specify your privacy preferences for all your Wall content by going to your profile, clicking the Options button under the Share button, and clicking the new Settings menu that pops up. This lets you toggle who can post on your wall as well as who can see those posts, preventing your friends from saying things you don’t want your boss to hear (or vice versa).
As of this writing, Facebook Lite doesn’t have the new Feed-based privacy features and will just use your default settings.
Facebook Search has got even better in terms of features, but when it comes to security, it has got lot easier for anyone to search your public posts and profile information. Facebook posts search feature introduced an year ago, but it was limited to friends profiles. Last week Facebook extended its Search feature and now every facebook users posts that are posted with Public permission are searchable by anyone. There is no need to delete your facebook account when there is a quick way to fix this privacy problem.
Every single post, photos, videos you upload are now accessible to global audience and you should consider spending couple of minutes to take control of your privacy and profile data. Also learn How to manage your Facebook Timeline effectively?.
For content publishers, journalists and celebrities, this new feature addition makes their content more popular and reach wide audience. But for individuals who want their contents to be seen only by their friends, have to make some changes in facebook privacy settings to protect their content and privacy.
Facebook have made the settings and privacy controls a lot easier and continuously tweak them to make it even better.
How to Protect your Posts from Facebook Search?
Facebook Search update now adds all user accounts posts, photos and videos that are set with public permission while posting the content. You may noticed a globe icon located before “Post” button with a list menu options as “Public”,”Friends”,”Only Me”. More options further allows you to customise which specific friend or friends should see and comment on the post or photo you upload.
You can use this feature here after to take control of the contents you post. It is not possible to visit every post and change the permission of it by clicking on the list menu arrow located at the top right corner of each post. Facebook have made it easier for you to change the permission of posts you have made with its bulk permission change option.
Go to “Facebook Settings -> Privacy -> Who Can See my Stuff? -> Limit the Audience for Old Posts on your Timeline“
By selecting Limit Posts feature under Who can see my stuff, all your old posts permission will now be changed to “Friends”. This bulk permission change allows all your old posts to be seen only by your Friends and this restricts anyone who is not your facebook friend to see the photos, videos and posts you wrote.
Twitter is very popular for its search feature that allows us to see any public tweets in a second after it got posted from any part of the world. Facebook Search expansion now makes it more powerful and definitely rings an alarm in search competition. Even the search engine giant Google and Microsoft’s Bing will face tough competition when more users discover the benefits of new Facebook Search.
You may enjoy more contents and watch videos posted recently by someone who is not in your friends list with this ultimate facebook search feature. Also, spend few minutes in protecting your Privacy and know what you post on your facebook account, which is very important etiquette.
The America Goverment has announced that they will ban TikTok, Wechat, and they said that the two apps will collect the privacy of Americans and that is illegal, and read this artilce for “protecting your privacy when using TikTok”, however, is TikTok the only one website / app which will collect your personal information? The answer is definitely not, APPs such as Facebook, Twitter, Instgram will also collect your personal information, and how can you protect your personal data from leaking to these social medium such as Facebook?
How to protect your privacy when using Facebook?
Delete your personal information
You never know how much information you have put on Facebook, just like you never know how many chickens you have eaten. Your location, your name, your birthday, and even your email address and your phone number, all of these information are exposed to the internet and the bad guy, such as a hacker, can easily get your information from your Facebook. So, it is necessary to delete your information on Facebook to protect your personal information from leaking to others.
Be careful about the facebook partners
When you log into other websites or apps such as Yelp, tumblr and so on, the websites or APPs will access to data from your Facebook account, and they will get your photo, your name, and even your phone number. And we suggest you to creat new account for every single websites or apps. That will be helpful with your personal information.
Now you can protect your privacy in most time, however, some bad guys such as hackers can easily get your privacy when you are using Facebook, and you can use a VPN to access to Facebook even though you do not have to. A VPN will encrypt your personal information and will prevent your personal information from tracking by hackers.
How to protect your privacy when using Twitter?
How to protect your privacy when using Twitter? What do you have to do? Read on to find the answers.
Why do we need TikVPN?
Connecting to internet is full of threats, the hackers, the ISP, the Google will track you all the time, and TikVPN will help you with these problems.