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Facebook Privacy Settings: You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites to which people share their details such as photos, travel experiences, personal interests, and more. However, neglected privacy settings could cause data theft and malicious tracking of your personal information.

Also, your browsing experience could be enhanced by restricting things such as pop-up ads, which are generated through your activity tracking. Also, the fluctuating privacy rules by the website are unknown to most people, and they remain unaware of their exposed account details.

Here we have discussed the essential Facebook privacy settings which shouldn’t be ignored. These privacy settings could take up your account privacy to an almost unbreakable level.

Your mobile contacts could have been uploaded to Facebook without your knowledge – Check it!

Most of you must be unaware that Facebook could automatically extract all of your phone contacts, including their names, email addresses, and phone numbers. Facebook uses these contacts to create contact suggestions for others. But, you as a Facebook user could be at risk if your contacts are confidential sources.

Since you have joined Facebook, there must be hundreds of contacts that could be uploaded, which you can view here. On this page, you can see a “Delete All” option that could be used to clear all the contacts which were previously taken from your account. However, Facebook will update the contacts from your phone’s contact list until you disable contact upload from the settings.

To prevent future automatic updates, you should head to the Facebook page and go to the menu option present at the right bottom of the page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Privacy shortcuts.” Then go to “More Settings” and tap the “General” option. Finally, go to the “Upload contacts” and disable it.

You can manage the uploaded contacts from this Facebook page.

Create Login Alerts for your Facebook Account

Login alerts are an efficient technique to track an illegitimate login attempt made by a person other than you. When this option is enabled, you get a notification through email or text message if someone has logged in from a device or browser that is previously unsaved.

To enable login alerts, go to the settings from your Facebook account, then click on the “Security and Login” option. Scroll down and tap on the “Get alerts about the unrecognized logins.” Finally, enable the option of “Get notification” and add your email address to the option “email login address to” along with allowing it.

However, an option of “Two-factor authentication” given below could add loads of security to your Facebook account. Enabling this will restrict your account login from an unregistered browser or device until you enter the logging code sent as a text message or email.

Check Your Phone Apps Connected to Facebook

Many apps on your mobile phone are those to whom you share your personal information that you want to keep confidential. However, sometimes the apps having access to your Facebook account have permission to share your activities with your friends or even the general public.

You can review and manage the Facebook-connected apps through a simple step. Head on to the settings and then tap on the “Apps” option on the left-hand side. The page will display the apps you are using over a long period and have access to your account. Each app has an icon that indicates the nature of the apps connects to your Facebook account. To change the audience of an app, you could click the “Edit” option given at the side of each app.

You can select from various options according to your privacy requirements and need. However, an illegitimate, previous or unknown app that is not a part of your phone should be removed.

Review Your Account details which are publicly displayed

Through a simple step, you could check all of your account details such as posts, contact information, and other details updated on the “About” section that can be viewed by individuals, not in your friend list. Facebook users customize their audience for each post and detail most of the time. However, it’s always recommended to double-check your Facebook account and the details exposed to everyone.

To review your account as an unknown person, go to your profile and click the icon denoted by three dots at the right bottom of your cover photo. Now, tap the option “View as…” which will take you to your account as an unknown individual. Therefore, the account details you will be able to view are the publicly open ones.

You should take an intense look at all the details in the settings section, especially the “Contact and basic info” section. Whereas, to change any setting detail, Go back to your profile and manage the details by hitting the “Edit” option along with everything.

Stop Intrusive Ads through Restricting Facebook from Sharing your Preferences with Other Sites

In June 2016, Facebook initiated a way to launch personalized ads across the web to every individual, including those not connected to Facebook. These ads are also generated on apps and websites other than Facebook. However, you can restrict such invasive ads based on your personal preferences by disabling the option.

You can change the settings by visiting this page and hitting the “Yes” option displayed at the bottom of the “Ads on apps and websites off of the Facebook” section. Now select the “No” option to restrict the intrusive ads.

Along with all these necessary Facebook account check-ups, you must go through other setting details of your account.

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Zehra Ali is a Tech Reporter and Journalist. She has done her Masters in Mass Communication. Topics related to cybersecurity, IoT, AI, Big Data and other privacy matters are extensively covered by her on various platforms. You can follow her on twitter.

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