How To Find and Block The Apps That Are Tracking You on Facebook

Anjie lou delos Reyes
Facebook recently faces massive scandals in terms of its privacy policy for its users' information. It is just natural to be more cautious with your info.

How To Find and Block The Apps That Are Tracking You on Facebook
How To Find and Block The Apps That Are Tracking You on Facebook

If you have not heard the British political company, Cambridge Analytica was able to obtain the personal information of more than 50 million Facebook users. You may be thinking that they hacked into Facebook's database to get that, but that is not the case. They were able to access this via a Facebook app.

We are all guilty of allowing an app or site to access our Facebook information as you use your Facebook account to sign in on an app or website. This will include some pretty sensitive information like your email address and phone number.

Ads, Facebook App-developers, and Facebook ad-tech partners can't immediately see that information as Facebook encrypts those information to protect your privacy. However, they sell those data to companies who want to target you and people that like and share similar tastes and knowledge with you.

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You can combat this by following these simple steps:

1. Go to the arrow symbol on the far right of your Facebook page.
2. Click and select Settings.
3. On Settings, go to Apps and Websites. This will show all the apps and websites that you have logged in using your Facebook account, and apparently, we have more than we thought so. Yikes! You can click the "Show All" button to check every app and site.
4. You can hover your mouse pointer on any of the apps to access the edit or delete button. You can either edit the permissions for that app or remove it to block its access.
5. If you click the edit button, you can see what information that app can access. As you can see here, Airbnb has my email address, friends list, and even my liked pages.
6. You can also check other settings such as ways to play games anonymously and more.
7. Under the Apps Others Use, you can see which of your information is brought in by your friends if they used an app. Take note, this is your information. By default, you are sharing a lot of information without you knowing it.

You can control which information you share and which apps can access some of that information. Protect your privacy and follow these steps to do so.

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