Take for example the birthday app. Even if you set your profile’s privacy to disallow anyone from seeing your birth date, the app still notifies everyone on your list when your birthdate is near. Facebook’s privacy loopholes are apparently leaving even mobile phone spy apps in the dust in this regard.
Doesn’t Matter If You Use Their Apps
Gaming apps are very addictive to most of the users and also very popular. So even if you do not use any other apps on Facebook, your personal information could be made available to your friends if they use these apps. Also, Skype is one of the most popular communication client softwares through which people sometimes share their personal information on their profiles. This data is all collected and unprotected.
Your data penetrates through your friend’s apps to their friends and so on. In this manner they might trigger your comfortable state with your friends knowing your birthday is nearby and having them post gifts and messages but you would definitely not feel comfortable when strangers start doing the same. Previously people had to worry about mobile phone spy apps, but not anymore it seems.
How Do They Do It
There is an option in your privacy setting “How people bring your data into the apps they use”. It carries out your personal information when they are using the apps, games and websites and so on to their friends as well. Many of the users need to be aware of it before any kind of embarrassing situation is created for you by strangers.
It has a wide range of categories like your bio, Birthday, My links, My notes, My photos, If you’re online, My videos and many of your more personal daily activities on Facebook. Android monitoring app has strangled people for a while now, this news only adds to the trouble.
How To Protect your privacy on Facebook
Breaking the access between your personal information and apps isn’t so tough. Here’s what you have to do.
1. Go to your privacy settings page on Facebook
2. Select “Edit settings” beside “Apps and Websites”
3. Click “Edit Settings” next to “How people bring your info to apps they use”
4. Uncheck any items that you do not want the apps to use, such as photos, birthday or if you’re online. But on the down side you won’t be able to use any games or apps yourself either.
Jane Andrew is the author of cellspyexpert.com. She provides tips, tricks about cell phone security and privacy. You can also follow her on Twitter @janeandrew01 to get the latest tips about cell phone security.
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