Facebook, now known as Meta, has a new name but still has many of the same old problems around data privacy, hate speech and misinformation. So, you may want to take matters into your own hands. If you can’t remember the last time you went through your Facebook account and privacy settings, it’s time to do a privacy checkup. Actually, I suggest doing one every couple of months (it’s helpful to set a reminder in your calendar app). Doing so will help you keep up with the constant changes Facebook makes and will help you keep tabs on random apps you grant access to your information.
Facebook, after all, is one of the largest online hoarders of our personal data. Because of that, our private info is a prime target for would-be bad actors. Accessing your information doesn’t always mean gaining direct access to your account due to a poor password. Instead, as we learned a few years ago from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, approving a rogue app can do just as much damage.
So while I have your attention and you’re thinking about it, take a few minutes to secure your Facebook account. I recommend going through the steps outlined below on a computer — not your phone. It makes it easier to read all the pertinent information while you make adjustments. Keep reading to learn how to set a strong password, limit how others can search for you and prevent Facebook from keeping your location history…Read more>>