Privacy on Facebook This is how you protect it [practical tip]

Time and again, Facebook makes headlines when it comes to a lack of data protection. No matter whether you use it to communicate with friends and family or as a platform to present your company and stay in contact with customers:

Do you trust Facebook with your data with a clear conscience?

If not, you don’t have to unsubscribe right away. You can adjust a few settings to protect yourself from hackers, Facebook and advertisers.

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Every time you use social media, you need to be careful about how much information you share publicly. The less the better. You can protect your data on Facebook by adjusting some privacy settings. We give you the appropriate know-how to protect your privacy.

(Note: instructions vary depending on the device manufacturer, model, and operating system)

1. Password protection

Since your password is the first step in protecting your information, you should use strong passwords for any website. Users usually shy away from complicated passwords because they are afraid of forgetting them and losing track of them. Nevertheless, there are methods and tools to keep your passwords tidy, whether with an Excel spreadsheet or a password manager.

Tips for passwords that are difficult to crack

  • The longer the password, the better. It should have at least 12 characters
  • Make sure that passwords contain symbols, numbers, and upper and lower case letters
  • Swap letters
  • Don’t use recognizable words
  • Create a separate password for each account

2. Do not use face recognition

Although not enabled by default, if you have this feature enabled, Facebook can use face recognition to identify you in a photo or video. As a desktop user, click on “Settings”, tap on “Face Recognition Settings” and select “No”.

If you’re using the Facebook app on Android or iOS, tap the three-line menu and click Settings and Privacy. Click on “Privacy at a Glance” and then under Privacy on “Control Face Recognition”.

3. Turn off location tracking

If you turn off your location tracking, the Facebook mobile application will no longer be able to record your location.

For Android devices (Samsung S8)

Go to the three-line menu and click on “Settings and Privacy”, select “Privacy at a glance” again and manage your location settings. Tap Location Access and turn off location services.

For iOS users

Go to Settings, tap Privacy, then Location Services. Select the apps you want to turn off.

4. Prevent Facebook from following you

Your location is only part of the data Facebook and advertisers want. Companies can follow you on the internet by either tracking cookies or the share button. To stop this type of tracking, you should consider installing a browser plug-in such as Privacy Badger.

The tool detects domain scripts, images, and third-party ads embedded in the websites you visit. If there is a tracker or cookie that appears to be following you, Privacy Badger will prevent your browser from loading items from that source.

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5. Encrypt your conversations in Messenger

While using the messenger is ideal for protecting your conversations, you can also protect them by using Facebook encryption. To activate this function via Android, start a chat and toggle the lock symbol. If you’re chatting on an iOS device, tap Secret in the top right corner of the screen.

There is an additional option to make your chats disappear after a set period of time. Available for both Android and iOS, you need to go to Secret Conversations first.

For Android users

To start a secret chat, tap the information icon “I” in the top right corner. At the top right, tap Secret. Choose who you want to write to. If you want to select a timer, tap the clock icon in the text field and set a timer so that the messages disappear when the time runs out.

For Apple users

In Chats, tap the writing tool icon in the top right corner. Tap on “Secret” and choose who you want to send a message to. If you want to select a timer, tap the clock icon in the text field and set a timer so that the messages disappear again later.

This list of privacy settings is by no means exhaustive. However, customization will help prevent your information from falling into greedy or criminal hands.

This article was written in English by Christa Geraghty and published on November 8, 2018 on We have translated it for you so that we can exchange ideas with our readers on relevant topics.

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