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7 ways to protect your personal information on Facebook

Secure your privacy on the social platform with these quick steps

7 ways to protect your personal information on Facebook

There’s no doubt that Facebook is a great social network for friends and family to share information and experiences with one another. But sharing those same thing online can be risky. If you want to protect your personal information on the platform, here are a few steps Facebook recommends you follow.

Do a privacy check-up: Whether you want to control who can view your posts, which apps you’re using on the social platform, or what private information to conceal on your profile, you can do it through a privacy check-up. This can be done through three quick steps. Just click on the lock in the upper hand corner of your screen and select Privacy Shortcuts. Then, follow the quick steps.

Do a security check-up: Facebook has recently launched Security Check-up on desktop. The tool basically helps people access the security controls available for their accounts quickly and easily. For example, it allows you to log out of unused devices that you forgot you were logged on to. It also lets you turn on the ‘Login Alerts’ feature, which sends you a notification or email alert if someone tries to log into your account from an unfamiliar device or browser.

Turn on login approvals: According to Facebook, this one change maximises security for their accounts more than any other change. Login approvals provide an extra security step whenever you login to your account from a new device. It will send a notification or email with a special code to complete the login process. To turn it on, select Security Settings and click “Login Approvals”.

Select your trusted contacts: On Facebook, trusted contacts are friends you can reach out to if you need help logging into your Facebook account. For example, if you forgot your password and can’t get into your email account to reset, your trusted contacts will receive a one-time security code from Facebook to help you out. To turn this on, select “Security Settings” and click “Trusted Contacts.” You can then choose 3-5 friends.

Control the information you share with apps via Facebook login: If you’ve ever logged onto an app using Facebook Login, you can no control the information you provide to the app (such as photos, hometown, etc.) When you're logging into an app using the login, click “Edit the Info You Provide.” This will bring you to a list of the personal information the app is requesting from you. You can check or uncheck each piece of information to control what you share with it.

Double check the apps connected to your Facebook account: Another thing worth checking if you use Facebook Login is which apps you have connected to your account. To do this, go on the App Settings page on Facebook. From there, you can review all of the apps that you've connected to your account. You can then easily disconnect the apps you don’t want to access your account.

Get to know your activity log: If you want to be posted on what posts you've liked or friend requests you sent out, go to Your Activity Log. Only you can see your Activity Log. And it includes all your Facebook activities organised by the date they happened. To view the log, click on “View Activity Log” in the bottom-right corner of your cover photo.

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