The Facebook hemisphere was rocked recently by the Cambridge Analytica scandal and its implications to 2016 US election. Allegations against the social network regarding user data being sold to the political firm tied to the Trump campaign had founder Mark Zuckerberg explaining their side of things.
Worries about the massive breach has resulted in more netizens deleting their Facebook accounts, including prominent figures like WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Admit it, most of us aren't ready yet to totally give up those social media accounts and everything that comes with it. Fortunately, there are a couple ways to protect personal information, which doesn't require one to #DeleteFacebook.
Deactivate and download
Some of you may already be familiar with this, from that one time you took a break from social media. Head to the Manage Account option under the Settings menu, then Edit. This erases all traces of you, particularly names and photos, except for a few bits of information like messages. You can also download a copy of your Facebook data to secure posted content.
Check all the third-party services that are connected to your account via Settings > Apps. You can remove one or all of them, the latter through Apps, Websites and Games > Edit. The only drawback of controlling access to your personal data is the hassle of having to register for apps like Instagram and Spotify directly with a different log in.
In order to curb targeted advertising, Mozilla recently introduced a Firefox browser add-on called the Facebook Container. Just like the previous entry, this "cookie jar" limits what the social platform can obtain by separating your Facebook persona from your overall web activity. While the extension won't solve the entire breach, it certainly helps in others areas.