Facebook has always been a hub for a tremendous amount of users and an umpteen ocean of data. Unfortunately, many times this information is confidential enough that if someone breached your data, you could fall in a pothole of trouble.
However, the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal has revealed some shocking truths about Facebook data security and also forces you to ask the question– Is your data secure on Facebook?
While the company repeatedly denied that there was no breach, the news unfurled like a forest fire, and a considerable sum of users even deactivated their accounts.
Are you also a Facebook user, and can’t switch to any other platform? We know that switching or leaving Facebook isn’t an easy task. This is why we have come up with some proven steps for people who are concerned about their security, which can help you fortify your confidential information.
1. Bid farewell to third-party applications:
If you are the one, who spends most of the time playing puzzles and quiz games on Facebook, then this should be the initial step to be taken towards better privacy and more security. Most of these third-party applications access your personal information, and that is something you need to be extra careful with.
Scroll through the “App Section” of your Facebook profile and have a watchful eye on the apps you have used so far. If you find apps which are granted to access your data but look suspicious, remove them from the list.
2. Check for the tagging option and limit tagging:
Do you ever found yourself tagged by a random person? You are not alone my friend; many people have encountered this random tagging and ignored it! But this is a massive mistake.
These tags mean that some random people are going through your profile and can access the public information on it and sometimes this unwanted exposure can lead to data breach.
Though you don’t need to panic as we have a solution for that!
Just below the Privacy Section in your account settings, you will see “Timeline and Tagging” functionality. This option assists you to take control over the posts on your timeline and allow you to choose which people can tag you in posts.
Tap the option and select “only my friends and me” for both these cases, and then switch on the review tags. This will help you gain a better knowledge of users who are tagging you in their posts and now you’ll be able to review the posts before your name appears on them.
3. Turn off the Location Services:
The data of your location has never been easier to trace as many apps have the permission to access your location. With the increasing numbers of apps asking for your location info, the risk of your personal information being sent to someone increases too.
To secure yourself in case of a breach, you can turn off the Location Services of your device. If you are not comfortable with turning it off completely, then you can turn it off just for Facebook and other possibly harmful apps through settings.
4. Limited your post sharing yet?
If not, hurry up and take the essential steps now. Tap on the settings and go to the privacy section then toggle “who can view your post” to “friends only.”
Facebook has upgraded their search algorithm in recent times and your posts which are public can be found by someone who might not even be remotely connected to you. So this initial step is a big savior of your confidential information.
5. Limit your personal info or remove it:
Lastly, if you are really concerned about your data and want to take some serious steps. You should take down your say- phone number, house address and other information that is not worth sharing.
You can review your Facebook profile while removing the confidential information. If there is information you don’t want to remove completely but still don’t want to share with others, then toggling it to ‘only me’ is a good option.
Hopefully, these steps are going to help you get a more secure Facebook account! Share what other steps you have taken to ensure your data privacy in the comment section below.