Big Tech companies have far easier ways of gathering information on you. Take Google. If you use Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Google Podcasts, and an Android phone, think about every bit of information 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 just 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 might have connected apps sharing your data. You can stop that.
If you’ve clicked “Connect with Facebook” or enabled apps or games directly through Facebook over the years, you may have lots of third parties watching what you do. Here’s how to check.
I bet you’ll be surprised to see everything that has access to your account — and what’s receiving your data.
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The best way to get more privacy is to stop these apps from communicating with each other. They have a vast network they use to share your data.
Once you reach Apps and Websites following the steps above, you see a list of the many apps and websites connected to Facebook.
Removing an app from the App Center means it can no longer access your data. However, this doesn’t delete the data the app already has on you — it just prevents future sharing. It may still have a profile in its records. You can contact the developer directly to ask them to delete this info.
Apps you remove from the App Center may still send you emails. Just open any unwanted emails and click the unsubscribe button.
You will lose access to the game or app, so be sure you’re OK losing years of high scores if you remove a favorite from your Facebook account.
We all have way more photos than we know what to do with. Between your physical albums and the digital images clogging up your phones and computers, you probably have so many pictures it’s hard to organize them all. I share smart strategies for cleaning up your massive photo collection in this episode.
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