How to Stop Facebook From Sharing Your Data:

By now everyone has heard about Facebooks latest story of users information

How to stop Facebook from sharing data

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 stop Facebook from sharing data

 

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.

How to stop Facebook from sharing data

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.How to stop Facebook from sharing data

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.

How to stop Facebook from sharing data

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.

How to stop Facebook from sharing data

 

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!

Kim

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26 Comments

  1. Anthony Hu

    Hi Kim,
    Thank you very much for the educational post. It is informative. I know now that it is wise to share as little info about me as possible in the future. I have been using Facebook for a while and have some audience base. It is too costly to delete my current account and start from scratch.

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hey Anthony, I agree with you about deleting a Facebook page with a decent audience base, stick with it and just change a few settings to limit the amount of private info stays with just the people you want.
      Thanks for commenting,
      Kim

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  2. Christina

    Thank you, Kim.
    That was very enlightening and helpful. I know everyone has been up in arms over the whole facebook data share. With the number of apps and quizzes that show up on Facebook and ask for authorization, your tips will come in very handy.I had no idea that I had so many on my own! Thank you for the help. I feel much better about keeping my facebook now.

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hello again Christina, so nice to see you again and thanks for adding to the conversation here! One article I read about this, the person said he around 60 show up on his. Those quizzes that show up are always tempting to fill out to see what your answer will be, which is why they were able to collect so much data. But no more.
      Hope to see you again!
      Kim

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  3. Chris Towers

    Hey great article.

    Although I think it is pretty terrible when it comes to what has happened with Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, I do have to say that a lot of responsibility for protecting privacy needs to come from ourselves the users.

    Yes, there has been a breech, but millions of people everyday share information which can put them at risk, and it is information that need not be shared.

    I think a little caution from the general public would solve a lot of issues too.

    Chris

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hi Chris, happy to see you again! I couldn’t agree with you more on that. People just don’t realize that they present themselves as an open book for the world to view. I have heard of employers looking up peoples Facebook pages to get an idea of who they are before hiring them. You share one bad thing and there goes your chance for a job.
      So yes the people need to think more about what they are sharing and to whom.
      Thanks for chiming in on the conversation here, and looking forward to hearing from you again!
      Kim

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  4. Sheila Sue Kendrick

    Thank you for discovering exactly what kind of information was gathered and how. Taking the precautions you offer will give us all more peace of mind. That is, until something else happens.

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hello Sheila, and thank you for stopping by and chiming in here! As long as we are aware of the fact that anytime we share information about ourselves while online we can be more prepared for the next thing that will happen. Which as you said it will give us more peace of mind.
      Kim

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  5. DianneBee

    I was glad to read the information here as I hadn’t heard any reports previously about how information gets shared – as in a friend using an app and unwittingly sharing all of their friends’ info. Creepy!

    I won’t delete my account because it’s way too late for that lol. Also, there are advantages to using FB that we all enjoy, and using the internet in general does require us to be mindful.

    Thanks for this!

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hi Dianne, I happy you found this to be useful, I’m with you on it being too late now to just drop Facebook, it is starting to help with my traffic and it’s one way I stayed up to date with my family and friends. So I will be on Facebook for the long haul. We just need to be aware of what we share about ourselves.
      Kim

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  6. Xavier Perez Sr

    Outstanding post. This is perfect with what happened recently and very useful. I always had my doubts about this venue, but for getting thru this I went ahead and signed up for this. At least this information will help alleviate the issues that may arise. Huge thank you.

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hello Xavier, thank you for stopping by and adding to the conversation here. Any Social media sites have their disadvantages when it comes to the privacy of our personal data, but knowing that in advance will help in what we do share about ourselves. And it’s a great way to get noticed and build your business.
      Kim

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  7. Michelle

    Awesome read, Kim. I have shared this article. It is chockful of goodness. Thanks for the tips and suggestions. It is amazing how we do things without even thinking, this is what our world has made us into – perfunctory ‘fingers’.
    I will be more aware. Thanks.
    Michelle

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hello Michelle, I’m glad you found this post to be useful and thank you for sharing this! It is amazing just how much people are willing to share about themselves, all without thinking about how it can affect them in the long run. As long as we are aware of it, we can be more protected with our information while using social media platforms.
      Kim

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  8. Cristina

    Thank you for your very useful information. I was a bit worried about all this thing with facebook privacy but you are right…why should we say everything about us? Are people who check in every time..(. I am at this coffee shop, I eat here, I am in this place…)I think a big part is our fault for giving every information about our life.I think we should continue to use the platform, is a very friendly and nice social media platform but we have to be more careful. To be honest about the apps, are always asking you…you allowed this to share your personal data…so from here is up to each one of us how we deal with the problem.
    Thanks a lot for sharing, was a very informative article.
    Cristina

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hey there Cristina, you are so right about just how much people are willing to share about their lives without even thinking about how it could be used against them. But as long as we are aware of how our data is shared and used we can still use Facebook to our advantage. I have always tried to stay away from using those apps, it’s amazing that once you use one your hit with several others days later.
      Kim

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  9. Glenys

    Thanks for writing this timely post Kim. I have been reading about the Facebook breach of privacy and I was actually quite concerned about it.
    More around if they gave that information away so easily what else would they give away super easily as well?
    I have also head about a lot of high profile people deleting their facebook accounts – like Elton Musk and I have wondering if perhaps Facebook has had it’s day?
    They don’t seem to treat their users very well.
    Trust and Facebook are some genuine issues that people face.
    I took your advice and I have deleted some Apps that could have potentially compromised my privacy at some point. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hello Glenys, and thank you for stopping by and adding to the discussion here! That is why it is so important for us as users that we pay more attention to what kind of stuff we share on these social media sites. In one way we are part of the problem of what kind of data that was used. We just have to be more aware of what we want to be known about us.
      There are a lot of high profile people that are dropping their accounts, but for the most part, I think Facebook will continue to be used.

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  10. Dr.Doug

    When I went into FaceBook apps there were all sorts of apps I had never seen before. I get it that social media is about sharing, but some of this sharing is almost forced. I see no point in sharing my age everywhere, for example. Some time ago I started putting random ages so that I wouldnt end up in some sales funnel targetting a narrow demographic. It seems that the more data you share, the more narrow your experience of the internet will be and it should be the opposite.

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hey Doug, I had also found some apps that I had no idea where they came from, I would imagine it could have been when I first signed up and had no idea of what I was doing that I had click on them. Oh well, what is done is done and we move forward with a better understanding of how our sharing of info can be used.
      Thank you for stopping by and chiming in!
      Kim

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  11. Oneil

    i have never used any of the “stupid” Apps on FB but i have a few friends who do. However, am a big culprit in using FB to log into other Apps and website such as my Streaming service, Quora and Canva just because i can’t be bothered to create a password because i can’t remember them all. but i do know that companies like FB will share or sell your data, i just always believe that, so i never rely on FB to keep or safeguard privacy by clicking a radio button. whatever you wanna keep secret, don’t put it on the internet…simple! i wont be deleting FB, have no reason to…awesome post

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hey there Oneil, thank you for stopping by and commenting, I couldn’t agree more with you about those stupid apps but my family would click on them all the time, but not anymore. And if we are aware of the fact that social media sites to share our data to others as well as using it to better target ads that we see, then we can only blame ourselves for what is known about us.
      As far as your passwords go you might want to read my article about using a password manager to keep track of and generated strong ones that will be filled in for automatically, eliminating the hassle of trying to remember them all. Also, you may want to learn more about how important it is to use strong passwords.
      Again, thank you for adding to the conversation here!
      Kim

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  12. Cynthia

    This is the reason I always hated Facebook. I just felt uneasy about what my friends and family were doing on Facebook right from the start. I particularly don’t like the “check-in” part. That lets everyone know where you are at that time.

    I’m not going to delete facebook but I will take a hard look at all my settings. I have a feeling though that this is just a sign of the times. There is no real privacy any longer.

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hi Cynthia, thanks for stopping by! I agree with you on the hatting part of Facebook, I don’t share much and only with my family and a few close friends. The only reason I stay with it is so I can keep up with whats going on with my family members. Well, and now for my website business, that is. Any time we are on the internet our privacy is affected, though there are a few things we can do, like learning how to control our privacy settings on Social Media sites, if you would like, I did a post on that subject you can check out here!.
      Thank you for adding to the conversation here and hope to see you around!
      Kim

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  13. Derek

    Great post, many thanks
    It’s always worth remembering that on social media sites, we’re not the customer – we’re the product.

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      You have that right Derek, we are the product, they only want us around so we can make them money by using our information to target ads to us. Though we can control some of the information they use by paying attention to our privacy settings.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
      Kim

      Reply

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