Facebook stores a lot of information about its users. Here are some privacy Settings to check to make sure Mark Zuckerberg's social media giant is tracking you as little as possible.
Despite Facebook's attempts to rebrand itself as Meta, Mark Zuckerberg's company is still essentially the same -- collecting and storing vast amounts of data about its users, CNET reports. However, you can limit the amount of data Facebook collects by changing options and Settings. Here are a few options you should check out today:
Using two-factor authentication:
Enabling two-factor authentication can greatly improve account security. While Facebook's collection of your data is a cause for concern, other people accessing your account is a bigger problem.
Go to the Facebook account security page and update your password to make sure it's not the same password you use on other sites. Then, select "Use two-factor authentication," which will begin the setup process, meaning that when you log in to Facebook in the future, Facebook will send your mobile device a randomly generated code for you to enter to log in.
Check which apps have access to your account:
It's easy to automatically give certain apps access to your Facebook account without thinking about it, especially when installing an app for the first time, but this can unknowingly share personal information and permissions that you don't want others to have. Many apps also end up abandoned by their developers and become targets for hackers who can use them to access your account.
Visit Facebook's apps and website pages to see which apps currently have access to your account and revoke access if needed.
Delete the location record on your phone:
Finally, on mobile devices, it's probably a good idea to delete Facebook's stored location history because it tracks your every move. Please delete your location history on this page.
But it is also recommended to disable location tracking entirely on mobile devices.CNET Outlines how to do this, writing:
On an Android phone, open the Facebook app and tap the three-line icon. Under Settings and Privacy, select Privacy Shortcuts and then manage your location Settings on the Privacy card. Next, select Location History >View your location history and enter your account password when requested. Finally, click on the three-dot icon in the upper right corner and select Delete all location history.
The process is similar to the iPhone.Open the Facebook app, click on the three-line icon, then Settings and Privacy, then select the Privacy shortcut, and then manage your location Settings on the privacy card. Selection location history >View your location history and enter your account password when requested. Finally, click on the three-dot icon in the upper right corner and select Delete all location history.
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