The Nigeria News coverage of the Cambridge Analytica scandal showed that you don’t have to do anything silly online for your Facebook data to be hacked. People are now wondering what they can do to protect sensitive information from individuals with bad intentions.
All around the world, many Facebook users are thinking strongly of deactivating their Facebook account. One research showed that since the Cambridge Analytica scandal and revelations, one out of twenty people in Britain has deactivated their Facebook accounts. Many more intend to follow suit in the coming days.
The most high profile account cancellation was by Tesla CEO, Elon Musk. He joined the online #DeleteFacebook effort. And to show how serious he is, he deactivated the Facebook pages of two of his companies, Space, and Tesla.
Another important personality to leave Facebook is Steve Wozniak. The co-founder of Apple decided that his about 5000 strong Facebook friends would have to find another way of connecting with him.
Though he took a jab at the fact people like him were not getting any part of the money Facebook was making from the ads that appear in his account.
Deleting your Facebook account is rather extreme since the social network has become an integral part of modern life. Fortunately, there is a way you can protect your Facebook data from prying apps without doing something as extreme as Mr. Musk and Mr. Wozniak.
However, have it in mind that your data is already nestling in somebody’s servers at the moment. But following the steps below would prevent the data being stolen in the future.
How to protect your Facebook data
This would be easier if you use a computer or laptop
1. On your computer, open your Facebook. At the top right-hand corner beside the ‘?’ sign, click the down-pointing arrow to reveal the drop-down menu.
Scroll down and click ‘Settings.’
2. In the window that opens, simply scroll down to the bottom. Select and click ‘Download a copy of your Facebook data.’
Next click ‘Start my archive’. Then input your Facebook password in the space provided and then click ‘Start’
3. You would have to wait for a while for Facebook to download the relevant date. The time it takes to complete would depend on your network strength too.
Facebook would notify you when the download is complete. You would get a message on Facebook and through your registered email that the data is now ready.
A window would appear displaying a message as shown in the image below.
4. You can save the file to any location on your computer. You could also create a new folder specifically for this purpose and store it there.
How to stop apps from sharing your Facebook data
1. As in the previous section, locate and click ‘Settings’
2. Navigate to the left side of the new window. Locate and click ‘Apps and Websites.’
3. Scroll down until you see a box labeled ‘Apps, websites, and games.’ click on ‘Edit.’
4. In the new pop up window that appears, click ‘Turn off’
On this page still, you would be able to view all the apps you have given permission to share your data. You might as well use the opportunity to block them.
Simply click on the apps to select them. Then click ‘Remove.’
Restrict Facebook data apps can share
In some Facebook accounts, this feature is already disabled by Facebook. So if yours is disabled, you don’t have to follow the steps below.
But for those with active Facebook data sharing by third-party apps, you must follow these steps to disable the feature.
1. Again, on your Facebook homepage, click ‘Settings’
2. Click ‘Apps and Websites’ on the left-hand side of the new window. A new window would open with about four boxes
3. Look for the box labeled ‘Apps others use’, then click ‘Edit’.
4. Untick or deselect everything you feel must be kept private. This would stop apps from sharing the specific Facebook data with marketers via third-party apps.
There, your Facebook data is now secured from anybody who is interested in using them in the future.