Facebook director Mark Zuckerburg started a touring tour after it became known that Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from millions of Facebook users. Zuckerburg responded to the latest revelation from Ars Technica that Messenger users of Facebook have given permission to access incoming and outgoing calls and text logs. This is hidden in the fine print of the terms and conditions and has made some users indignant.
Because users have discovered the collection of data, many have chosen to download their personal Facebook data before deleting the app, but discovered that a certain amount of data was already being secretly transferred without explicit permission. Hidden in those data caches, users discovered that there was specific detailed information about every phone call or text message ever sent or received on their Android device.
Here are five ways to secure your data on Facebook
1. Discover how much Facebook has on you
My Facebook data downloaded as a ZIP file
Somehow it has my whole history with my partner's mother pic.twitter.com/CIRUguf4vD
– Dylan McKay (@dylanmckaynz) March 21, 2018
To download a zip file of your personal data, log in to Facebook, go to Settings and click on the last option under the General tab and download a copy of your Facebook data. It shouldn't come as a surprise that Facebook has records of all your Messenger app calls and messages, a list of advertisers to whom they have provided your information and a history of your messages, images and interactions. To prevent Facebook from tracking your calls and messages, you can stop using Facebook Messenger as your standard SMS app. To do this, tap your profile photo in Messenger to go to options. Scroll to SMS and tap the slider to turn that option off.
2. Block the apps that follow you on Facebook
When you use third-party apps, you give them permission to access certain information of your choice. This is easy to change. Follow these instructions:
- Click on your Facebook profile on the arrow to your right and go to settings.
- Under Settings, on the left side of your screen, you see an app tab, click on it.
- App settings show you how many apps you have logged in to Facebook. Click View All. A drop-down menu displays all apps that you have given access to your information.
- In addition to each app there is an app tab for editing or deleting. Click on either, depending on what you want to do.
3. Change your app settings
Under Apps settings on your Facebook profile, there are three options at the bottom of the page, after you have edited or deleted third-party apps. These are apps, websites and games, game and app notifications or old versions of Facebook for mobile. With these three options you can edit your settings and revoke the permission for other websites to log in with Facebook, to delete your accounts on their website and to determine what information about your friends you spread when they log in to other websites .
4. Change your privacy settings
On the Settings page there is a Privacy tab, click on it. There you have the option to choose who can see your Facebook profile photo, friends list and who you can look up with your mobile number or email address.
5. Delete Facebook
If you have reached the end of the road on Facebook and you think it no longer serves a meaningful purpose in your life, it may be time to delete your account. To delete your account, go to Settings and under General account settings, the last option is to deactivate your account. However, this does not mean that the information collected about you by Facebook will disappear. It is unclear whether Facebook actually removes the information that comes with your account.