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The true way Facebook knows a lot about you (and stop it)

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Is Facebook at all times listening? The reality is, it doesn’t must. 

Big Tech corporations have far easier ways of gathering information on you. Take Google. In case you use Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Google Podcasts, and an Android phone, take into consideration every bit of data you willingly pass along. Tap or click to erase what Google knows about you

On Facebook, your activity speaks volumes. Say you join a “buy nothing” group. Facebook might guess you value sustainability or simply love saving money. This detail goes into its highly specific profile of you. Tap or click here to get free stuff in your neighborhood

Facebook also knows what you do elsewhere because you would possibly have connected apps sharing your data. You’ll be able to stop that. 

A smartphone with Facebook's logo is seen in front of displayed Facebook's new rebrand logo Meta. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

A smartphone with Facebook’s logo is seen in front of displayed Facebook’s latest rebrand logo Meta. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

See the apps and games you could have added to Facebook 

In case you’ve clicked “Connect with Facebook” or enabled apps or games directly through Facebook over time, you could have plenty of third parties watching what you do. Here’s check. 

On a pc: 

  • Click the downward arrow in the highest right of Facebook.
  • Tap Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  • Select Apps and Web sites within the left side menu.

On Android: 

  • Open the Facebook app. Tap the three horizontal lines in the highest right corner.
  • Select Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  • Scroll all the way down to Security, then click Apps and Web sites.
  • Select Logged in with Facebook.

On an iPhone: 

  • Open the Facebook app and tap the three-line menu within the lower right.
  • Select Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  • Scroll all the way down to the Permissions section, then click Apps and Web sites.

I bet you’ll be surprised to see all the things that has access to your account — and what’s receiving your data. 

RELATED: Stop Facebook from eating up your storage and draining your battery 

Remove connected apps from Facebook 

The perfect method to get more privacy is to stop these apps from communicating with one another. They’ve an unlimited network they use to share your data.  

When you reach Apps and Web sites following the steps above, you see a listing of the numerous apps and web sites connected to Facebook.  

Hit Remove next to every app to stop them from collecting your data and sharing information with Facebook. 

Removing an app from the App Center means it will possibly not access your data. Nevertheless, this doesn’t delete the information the app already has on you — it just prevents future sharing. It should have a profile in its records. You’ll be able to contact the developer directly to ask them to delete this info. 

Apps you remove from the App Center should send you emails. Just open any unwanted emails and click on the unsubscribe button.  

You’ll lose access to the sport or app, so make certain you’re OK losing years of high scores in the event you remove a favourite out of your Facebook account. 

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Find out about all the newest technology on The Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her each day suggestions, free newsletters, and more, visit her website at Komando.com. 

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