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Here are five tips to keep your data private on Facebook

A great logo is seen at the Facebook headquarters in London, Uk, 4 December 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville – RC1F0A3C41E0

After the revelation that a data company with the name of Cambridge Analytica acquired data of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge have a lot of concern about how their own people the information on Facebook is. If you are afraid that data about you could be circulating among companies without your knowledge, here are some steps you can take to maintain your privacy on Facebook.

1. The to download your Facebook data

If you are worried about what kind of data you have floating around out there, Facebook gives users the ability to download a copy of their Facebook data (all). Go to your Settings, then under General Account Settings, select Download a copy of your Facebook data. Click on Start My Archive to begin the process. This gives you an archive of all your activities on Facebook, including information that you have posted, the messages that you have sent, even on which ads you clicked.

2. Change your privacy settings

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In your settings, select Privacy. Here you can determine who can see your posts (public, or only visible for friends, for example), as well as who can send you friend requests, look at your list of friends, and perhaps most importantly, whether it is for search engines, a link to your profile.

3. Change your timeline and tagging settings

In a similar way, you can control whether people can post on your timeline, tag you in posts, and more. Go to Settings, click on Timeline and Tagging. From here you can select who should be able to post on your timeline, and you will see those messages. You may also choose the option to review posts that people tag you in, so you can choose whether the post appears on your timeline.

4. Check/remove apps

According to the New York Times story about how Cambridge Analytica acquired all of the user’s data, was the source of an app. Specifically, it was a personality quiz that collected data about users and their friends. The person who built the app, then gave that data to the analytics company.

Facebook apps often ask users for access to a variety of things, and as this incident shows, which apps have access to your data can cause problems later. Fortunately, you can easily view all of the apps you’ve used and remove them. In your settings, select Apps. You see, each app is associated with your account. Next to each app, you can click Edit Settings to see what permissions the app, and then click Remove to get rid of the app entirely.

5. Get Off Facebook

No matter how careful you are on social media platforms, there is always a chance that something will slip through the cracks. The best way to keep your privacy on Facebook would be to just not be on Facebook. You can choose to deactivate your account from your Settings, but this will just leave your profile dormant; the data that Facebook has, will remain, and you can always activate the account. To really delete your account and all your data related to it –you must follow Facebook’s instructions, if you want to take that step.

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