In 2020, Facebook leaked over 500M user details. News of Zuckerberg’s privacy mishaps, amid relentless big tech tracking scandals, makes you want to run a mile from Facebook. But, instead of boycotting the site, you can adjust your Facebook privacy settings in five quick steps.
Certain websites and apps let you log in with Facebook, so hackers will go to great lengths to steal your Facebook account password. Use NordPass to create a strong 12-character password, and it’ll store them for you in an encrypted format for full protection.
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Hackers can jump over one hurdle, so make it harder for them by setting up 2FA with your Facebook account.
When two-factor authentication is activated, Facebook will ask you to sign in with your password and your phone. After entering your password and the code sent to your registered phone number, you’ll be granted access to your Facebook account.
Like your own security butler, Facebook will notify you by email, text message, or Facebook notification whenever your account is logged into. This is great for nipping any Facebook account breaches in the bud and is extremely easy to set up.
If you've been locked out of your account for security reasons, you can learn how to unblock your Facebook account here.
Facebook tracks and stores your locations, allowing you to geotag your photos, and find free hotspots and friends nearby. More importantly for the company, this helps them to target you with relevant ads.
Facebook also operates a tracking scheme called Background Location. When it's turned on, Facebook can track the exact location of your device even when you’re not using the app. You can turn off Background Location in your device settings.
If you turn off location tracking, you won’t be able to find nearby friends or public Wi-Fi, for instance. However, it will limit your exposure to tracking from third parties, which may store your data in unencrypted databases and use your personal information for large-scale surveillance schemes. Here's everything Facebook knows about you.
Note: Facebook may still store personal location data when you check in, RSVP to an event, or tag your location in a photo. So, bear this in mind if you want to keep your location data totally private.
You may not know this, but companies work with social media sites to track user data. It allows Facebook to target you with the right ads, and it also helps companies analyze their customers’ habits. Facebook may also collect information about websites and apps you use off of Facebook, and other apps may receive additional non-public information from your Facebook account. All of this rings alarm bells in our minds.
With all the scandals surrounding big tech tracking and data breaches, you might want to hide your online activity and app traffic, for better Facebook account security.
Securing your Facebook account is really about securing your data and personal information against unnecessary tracking by third parties and your ISP. On top of the privacy principle, your data could be breached if it's stored in unsafe databases. It’s unclear how third-party tracking companies store your data, and it's nearly impossible to find out just how far your browsing activity is being shared.
Using a VPN is one the fastest ways to hide all of your online activity from snoopers. Here’s how a VPN can help secure you online.
The NordVPN app is the best way to stay truly private online, and it can be used on laptops, smartphones, tablets, and PCs with a single login.