Facebook is a great utility if you want to stay in touch with friends and family, share photos, and see what other people are up to in their lives. It’s free, of course, but that doesn’t mean it comes without a price. Here is how to see who is spying you on facebook and block them.
If you’re using Facebook, you’re giving the company a ton of information about yourself which it is selling to advertisers in one form or another.
Most people forget that when they download an app or sign-in to a website using their Facebook login, they’re giving those companies a look into their Facebook profiles. Your profile contains a lot of personal information that can often include your email address and phone number, and frequently your work history and your current location also. And most people don’t realise that if you’re sharing any of that data with your friends then apps used by those friends can see that data too!
Advertisers, Facebook app developers, and Facebook ad tech partners don’t get a direct look at your personal data. They won’t see that, my name is Jingyansu Choudhury, my phone number is +91xxxxxx8572, my email is is email@example.com, I am a male, I work at techyuga – Facebook hashes and anonymises all the data to protect user’s privacy and gives it back to partners in bulk so they can’t identify individuals – but nevertheless, this data is being used in order to serve you better-targeted ads.
If you’re worried about your privacy on Facebook, you can do two things:
- Opt out of ad tracking
- Look up the list of app companies that are logged in to your Facebook account, and edit that list.
The second step – which shows you just how much info you’re giving away to companies that you’ve probably forgotten about – can be rather alarming if you haven’t done it in a while
We’ll deal with the ad-tracking first, as that is easiest.
You can comfort yourself a little bit with the knowledge that the ads being targeted at you are coming anonymously and in bulk, at everyone who is in some way similar to you. They aren’t literally being targeted at you personally, even if it feels that way.
1. Click on the down arrow at the far right of your Facebook page.
2. Go to setting.
3. Click on ads button.
4. In each section of Ads, click on the “edit” buttons.
5. Inside the edit menu, it will show you how your Facebook ID is used in ads that other people see.
6. This is easily fixed by changing the option to “no one” and hitting “save changes.” Do this under all the “edit” sections.
7. Now for the apps. That requires a bit more digging. Go to the “lock” symbol on the far right of your Facebook page.
8. Facebook offers this walk-through via the little blue dinosaur. We recommend you to go to setting.
9. Once you are in setting, Go to Apps.
10. This is the shocking bit – the list of company apps that are tracking you on Facebook. Apparently I have allowed 121 apps access to my Facebook account. Be sure to click on the “show all” button to get the full list.
11. Hover your mouse over one of the apps. You have options. You can either edit the app’s permissions or delete it completely so that it can no longer access your Facebook account.
12. Review each app to either edit its permissions or delete its access to you on Facebook entirely. It’s a bit time-consuming – but otherwise you’re just giving these people free data.
13. Now scroll down a bit further in the settings > apps section. You have more options – we’ve highlighted the two most important. You can use Facebook to login and play games anonymously. But we suggest you also click on the “Apps Others Use” section …
14. Inside “Apps Others Use” you can see all the data you’re letting your friends see, and that data is being seen by the apps that your friends use!
16. Uncheck those boxes if you want to keep that stuff private. That’s it! You’re done!