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How to Keep Your Data Safe on Facebook

Facebook accounts for around 220 million people in the world. Which means, 25 % of the total world 7.6 billion population is on Facebook social media account.
You’ve trusted Facebook and they are legally responsible to shield your data, isn’t it? We’re sure that you wouldn’t want to repeatedly tune up your security settings, to avoid the exploitation of your personal data.

Facebook will always be aware of certain information about you – now that’s what keeps Facebook alive after all! However, there are some prime practices you can take up, to help protect your data on Facebook! Here are ways things to consider:


Firstly, you can look into your applications tab.

Under “Apps and Websites” flag the active apps and websites you want to remove, for example the Facebook’s API, and press “Remove” the application. This will completely stop your data from streaming through Facebook’s API, which is a gateway for the third parties; to see all your activities. It will also guard you from logging in to other sites with Facebook.


Secure Your Account.

Facebook brings 700,000,000 people together, around the globe. Some say it’s a tool to enjoy democracy in a viral way! Some see it as a way to tell strangers that you are “playing pool”. Our Facebook accounts have become our virtual selves. Our digital identities mirror our real identities! But then, we still have some information that we don’t wish to reveal.
Even though you have your Facebook privacy settings actually set to “everyone”, you still may have private messages that you do not want public. The catch here is, to share the appropriate things with the different people. And to do that, you need to keep a track on your account.
There are plenty of ways to hack unguarded accounts. While account cracking is not a piece of cake for a stranger; while casual activities on Facebook can actually make it one!


Make sure you use secure passwords to access Facebook.

If anyone else gets the control for your account, they are getting access to a lot of information about you and about anyone else you are linked to, via that Facebook. Changing your password once in a while should be your habit.


Keep Your Mobile Devices Protected.

With each passing day, mobile devices are becoming the fastest and the most convenient way of interacting with friends and family, through social media platforms such as Facebook. Though, you only need to log in once, allowing you to enjoy easy access to the Facebook app whenever you want to, with no security shields being involved. Surprisingly, this is a hacker’s dream!
The catch to keeping your Facebook applications safe on your mobile devices is to keep a password or passcode lock on your device. No access to the device means no access to Facebook, it’s as simple as that.


Make Yourself Search Safe.

We all have secret admirers, don’t we? And Facebook comes to them as the first & foremost step for a successful stalking. Skimming through pictures and peeking on the updates! You can restrict what they see, by making your profile private and drawing the line for what Facebook’s search results show about you.

There are many stages of content limitations and you can tweak to your heart’s content.
To do this go to Settings:

  • Security and Login
    • Activate the “Two-factor authentication”
    • Get the “Alerts about unrecognized logins” on
  • Privacy – decide
    • “Who can see your future posts” (public, friends, don’t’ show to some friends, specific friends, only me)
    • “Who can send you friend requests”
    • “Who can look you up using the email address”
    • “Who can look you up using the phone number”
    • If you “Want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile” (on or off)
  • Timeline and tagging – decide
    • “Who can post on your timeline”
    • “Who can see what others post on your timeline”
    • “Who can see posts that you’re tagged in”
    • If you want to “Review posts that you’re tagged in before the posts appear on your timeline”
    • If you want to “Review what other people see on your timeline”
  • Public posts – decide “Who can follow” you and your posts in News Feed

Last, but not the least, go to More – Manage Sections and select the parts of content are visible to the audience and which are private. If there’s a particular post on your timeline you don’t want people to see, you can simply block it; clicking on the down-arrow button to set it as private.

If you want more tips to help keep your account safe, you can read our blog post “Facebook side effects”.

Summing up.

Narrowing the privacy around your Facebook account leaves hackers less to work with! Your safety is first in your hands; hope this article will help you keep your personal data secure on Facebook.
Keep yourself updated with our blog; we will be sharing data safety information for other social networking platforms soon!

Aditi Srivastava
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