Facebook Privacy Tips 2014

Recently I’ve been noticing Facebook using my friends to help advertise things that my friends are unlikely aware they are promoting. By liking a page, Facebook can use your “like” to try to get your friends to like the page as well. I’m sure you’ve seen this too–where it says, “Jim Smith and Barbara Joel like Barnes & Noble” or something similar with a little advertisement of some kind. I’ve noticed some companies are promoting other things as a way to promote themselves, too. For example, Amazon often advertises books and many people have liked Amazon’s Facebook page, so they are inadvertently being used to promote books that they may or may not like or support.

You do not have to participate in this type of advertising and I’d like to show you how to turn it off if you would like to:

Step 1: Log in to your Facebook account

Step 2: Click the small downward arrow on the upper right corner of the screen

Step 3: Select “settings” from the list

Step 4: On the lefthand side of the screen, select the Ads option from the list. (The list starts with General, Security, etc.)

Step 5: Click “Edit” on the far right next to the selection that reads “Ads and Friends”

Step 6: On the drop down menu next to the words “Pair my social actions with ads for,” select No one and click Save Changes.

Here’s a screenshot of what the page looks like:

 Facebook Privacy Tips 2014

While you are on the “Ads” page, you should also take a moment to address the other two advertising sections there.

This first one takes away Facebook’s permission to share your information and photos with third party sites.

Step 1: In the Third Party Sites section, click “edit” on the far right side of the page.

Step 2: Select No One from the drop down list and Save Changes.

In the last section on the “Ads” page, you can opt out of having Facebook advertise directly to you based on preferences and searches. This “Opt Out” option is saved in your browser, so if you use your phone and computer to use Facebook, or two different computers, you will need to complete these steps on each device.

Step 1: In the Website and Mobile App Custom Audiences section, click on the blue “Opt out.”

Step 2: Scroll down to the bold “How can I stop seeing these ads?” and click the Opt Out button.

Remember to check this section again if you ever reset your phone or clear your browser cookies.

I hope this helps you to improve your Facebook privacy! Have a wonderful weekend.

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