Mark Zuckerberg has a huge social network. If you add up the number of accounts of the services he owns – Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram – you get an amount of 3.5 billion, which is about half the world's population. Granted that many people have multiple accounts and belong to multiple services, but still, those are many pokes, likes and cat gifs. Especially impressive considering the skepticism and the love-hate relationship that many have with his empire, especially the Facebook mother ship ̵
It's a Faustian pact: in exchange for these sometimes useful services, we give up our privacy and let Facebook lead our lives for data being sold to advertisers – but it's a deal we can finesse a little Reclaim a little of our dignity. Here are some suggestions how …
1 Hiding your Facebook profile from search engines
If someone has to use your Google (or Bing) name, chances are that your Facebook profile will be one of the first listings to in the list of results. If you prefer that this did not happen, go to the account settings page & # 39; s of the Facebook app and choose Privacy. The last option, "Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile?", Can be turned off with a few taps.
2 Preventing Facebook from following you outside of Facebook
Facebook & # 39; s technology extends far beyond Facebook Facebook itself, as you'll know if you've ever been logged into another site or app with your Facebook -credentials. As a result, you may see hotel ads on Facebook if you spend a lot of time on hotel websites. If you'd rather not do this, go to ads in account settings, select "Can you see interest-based Facebook ads online?" And switch it off. You will still see the same number of ads on the social network, but they are not based on browsing that you do on non-Facebook sites.
3 Stop Facebook using your likes in advertisements
You have probably seen advertisements in your news feed about something that one of your friends liked. If you do not want your own likes to be exploited in this way, open the account settings page, tap the Ads button and choose "Who can see your social actions linked to ads?" By changing the lower value to Nobody, you can prevent your Facebook contacts from seeing ads that are linked to your likes – although they can still be used to influence the ads that you see in your own feed.
4 Stop tagging people you
If one of your friends wants to upload an embarrassing photo of you, you can't do much else than beg them for free; but you can prevent the image (or any type of message, from updates to locations) from being tagged with your name. From the Facebook apps menu, choose the settings menu, settings and timeline, and tagging: this screen allows you to enable a post-review feature so that you can block or approve all tags before they are applied. There are also a number of other tag-related settings to play with on the same screen.
5 Disconnecting third-party apps
You are probably logged in to various apps and services with Facebook, but you don't want to give these external developers permanent access to your account. Go to account settings and apps, in the mobile apps you can even delete the permissions of these external apps and [19659015wijzigen] – ideally you want to start everything that you don't use regularly (you can always add them again later). The fewer connections you have, the safer and more private your account .
6 Stop Facebook playing video & # 39; s automatically
Your timeline may resemble a cascade of YouTube spam and irrelevant video ads – the latter are important for Facebook because they are an important source of income. The YouTube content may not be suitable for viewing at your desk and the ads are likely to be annoying, so you can disable the auto play feature. You can do this as follows: select settings, video from your browser and click the Off button during automatic playback. Within the iOS app, take the same route and select "never" for automatic video playback.
7 Mute Calls in Messenger
For particularly busy conversation threads in the Facebook Messenger app, you may not want to see or hear alerts whenever there is a new message – that is where the mute feature comes in. On Android, tap the info button (top right) in a conversation and choose notifications to silence alerts for a specific period – everything from 15 minutes to unlimited. On iOS, tap the call title instead of the info button. Messages are still displayed, but you will not receive notifications of that effect on your device until they are turned on again.
8 Blocking other WhatsApp users
Unfortunately, there is always the chance that not everyone you chat with has nice things to say, but WhatsApp has a function for blocking contacts that are fast and is efficient. Blocked contacts cannot send you messages or calls, cannot see when you have been online, and cannot see your status or WhatsApp avatar photo. Go to the app menu, choose settings, account, privacy and then select Blocked contacts (Android) or Blocked (iOS): in the next screen you can block and unblock contacts as desired. You can also quickly block contacts from individual conversation windows by opening the chat menu.
9 Keep your location to yourself on Instagram
Be careful when adding location information to your Instagram photos, especially if your feed is public and for areas near. your home or workplace. If you go to your profile page and tap the location pin, you can see which of your images are linked to a location – to remove the geotag, tap the menu button (on Android), choose edit and tap the photo & # 39; s or groups of photos & # 39; su want to delete. Remember Instagram also allows you to share photos (geotagged or otherwise) in private one-to-one conversations instead of your main feed.
10 Prevent contacts from seeing when you read their WhatsApp messages
Go to the main settings page within WhatsApp on the read confirmations option – if you disable this setting, people will not know if you have read their most recent messages. However, the function is also turned off in the other direction, so that you no longer get an indication of whether your messages have been received (those two blue check marks that usually appear after messages). The last seen update (which shows your contacts when you last opened the app) works in the same way and can also be disabled.
11 Enabling two-step verification
This is probably the most sensible security measure you can take to prevent your account from being hacked. If this feature is enabled, Facebook will send you a code every time you or someone else tries to log in to your account from a new computer or device – which you need to complete the process. Find this feature in the drop-down menu at the top right: settings, security, sign-in approvals and check the box: "Require a security code to check my account from unknown browsers."
12 Download all your data
While this is not a security measure in itself, downloading all data that Facebook has about you is an eye-opening exercise. Go to settings and click on the "Download a copy of your Facebook data" link at the bottom of the page. If you have emptied the zip file, you can see everything . This includes every message that you have ever sent or received but not deleted (that is, still enough that you would rather forget); every time you click on an advertisement; every survey you have completed; every photo you've uploaded; IP addresses that you used to log in to Facebook (and the locations where Facebook distracts); the advertisements in which they think you are interested; and everyone you've ever poked (stop sniffing). You could describe it as surveillance.
13 Choose who can see your messages
When you update your Facebook status through the mobile apps (or even somewhere else), you'll see a target box that probably & # 39; friends & # 39; is selected. Tap to choose who can see your next message: you can limit it to family members, colleagues, or an even smaller group of people (you can specify contacts one by one if necessary). This is where friends lists come in handy – Facebook automatically creates a number for you (for example, close friends and acquaintances), but you can create your own list via the Facebook desktop site.
14 Delete your account?
If you make your information crazy, the only way to remove it from Facebook's servers is to delete your account. Facebook needs up to 90 days to remove you from their databases, but keep in mind that items such as messages you have sent and the photos of friends you appear in will continue to exist. The bonus of this tactic is that you will never be able to use Tinder again.
15 Deactivate your account
If deleting your account seems too drastic, too cold turkey, you can choose a test separation from Mark Zuckerberg. You may need a little space to think about things, see if you can survive without the emoji & # 39; s. Deactivation hides your timeline and means that aunts, exes, criminals etc. cannot find you via a Facebook search. It also requires an iron will – your account will be reactivated when you log in again – so stay away from the wine. You can also accidentally reactivate your account when you use your Facebook data to log in to another site such as Airbnb. It is therefore wise to disconnect third-party apps (see above) before you deactivate them. Another precaution would be to change your password before you deactivate it, as a result of which disrupted logins that you have spread over your devices would be disrupted.