By now everyone has heard about Facebooks latest story of users information
being shared without their consent by Cambridge Analytica. We are all concerned about what to do next, do we delete our accounts or continue using Facebook?
I for one will continue with Facebook especially after learning how to stop my information from being shared and knowing a little more about how it was done.
What Cambridge Analytica Did:
It helps to know what kind of information was used by Cambridge Analytica and for what purpose to get a handle on how this affects you as an individual. This should help relieve any tensions that you may have from this latest attack on us.
Cambridge Analytica got the information from Aleksandr Kogan, who acquired it through building an App on Facebook that was a quiz, just the like the many that we have all clicked on to find out funny stupid things related to us. In doing so it exposed a loophole in Facebook that allowed them to collect data from your Facebook friends as well.
How they used you’re he Data:
Now the information that they acquired was all about the things you share on Facebook, like what kind of movies you like, what food you eat, what kind of car you drive, and so on, and so on. Now with this information, Cambridge Analytica was able to put together profiles about the users so that Firms could use this information to target certain users in certain areas of the USA.
So with this data people running campaigns for the Presidential elections used it to help boost their candidate standings. The bad thing is they can sell this to anyone else who would want it to help in benefiting their marketing strategies.
The Good Thing is they have not stolen any data that could affect you in the way of credit fraud or other damaging information like what was hacked from the credit agency.
Let’s look at what we can do to stop this from happening again:
The first thing we should all keep in mind is that anytime you are on any social media platform where you enter your personal information, (name, age, address, and so on) it will be opened to the internet where anyone desperate enough can access it.
So what can we do?
First of all don’t give out anything that you want kept secret, like your age, address, and other things, you can always enter false info into required fields. Don’t share any personal info about yourself that you don’t want the world to know about, like what kind of foods you eat, where you get your hair done, and so on.
Next thing, let’s go stop where the data leak starts, it all starts with the apps that we sign in to using our Facebook sign-in information like the ones in the picture below. These are also the ones that lead to games, quizzes, and the sort.
How to Proceed:
Open your Facebook and head over to “Settings > Apps” by clicking on the down arrow located to the right of the “?” at the top of your page. You will then find “Apps” in the left-hand column.
Clicking on apps will open a screen similar to one above, this is where you will see all the apps that you logged into using Facebook. Click on “Show All” next to “Logged in with Facebook” if you so happened to have more than are showing.
Now when you hover over the ones you want to nix you will see that you can edit or delete it. This will stop the information from getting out to the rest of the world.
By deleting these you will no longer be able to log into them unless you sign up again, So if you want to keep any of them you go in and edit how the information is shared, “public, only with friends, or just your self”.
You can further edit your setting by clicking on “Apps, Websites, and Plugins” – “Games and Notifications” – “Apps Others Use” – “Old Versions of Facebook for Mobile” as seen in the photo below. From here you can stop Facebook from sharing anything, which would be a bit drastic.
I hope this has helped everyone in understanding just what did happen with your information and how you can keep it from happening again.
Remember to share as little as possible about you while using any social media platforms.
Stop using Facebook to sign into everything!
It has been brought to my attention that a lot of people were using Facebook to log into other accounts instead of signing up with their own user ID and password. Why, well because it was easier than having to remember or keep track of many passwords.
So how are we going to take care of this problem? Simple use a Password Manager! And you’re in luck, because I have done a few posts about the importance of using a different strong password for every site you make an account to, and about some great password managers to use that, are free to use. So click on the links to get started and find out how easy it is to do, and if you would like to know the one I’m using click here.
So what do you think, are you going to delete your Facebook account or make some changes and continue using the platform?
I would love to hear your opinion on what you think about this Facebook and Cambridge Analytica deal, you can leave your comments or questions in the comment section below.
Stay safe and have a great day!