How To: Tighten Up Your Facebook Privacy

Another day, another report of a data breach. In case you missed it, earlier this week news broke that 50 million Facebook profiles were harvested for data without permission. The root of this issue stems from your ability to grant third-party access to your Facebook profile information, which many of us routinely do to play our favorite mobile games or answer surveys.

Over time, you may have granted profile access to hundreds of apps without giving it a second thought, but stories like this mean that now is the time to review this list and be mindful of it going forward.

  1. Visit https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=applications
  2. Carefully review the list of apps
    • Each one is clickable if you would like to see specific information about what data it can access
  3. Remove unused services by clicking the “x” to the right of each one

Please note: “Auth0” will appear on this list if you have chosen to log in to EVAN Your IT Guy (and other sites) with your Facebook credentials.

EVAN recommends keeping this cut down to the services you absolutely trust and that are not asking for access to data beyond your own profile so that you are not putting your friends or family at risk.

For more information, and to see exactly what Facebook (and Google) know about you, please read our article: Take Charge of Your Privacy.

 


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