Another security scandal at Facebook. My, how the week has flown. Yesterday it was revealed that Facebook has, once again, tried to cover up a security scandal. And this one is just inexcusable. Change your password immediately. This is how you do it!
Sometimes you can become too suspicious when you receive an email about a security breach in one of your many online or social media accounts. I thought that two emails I received from Facebook were phishing attempts. Turns out they were genuine. This is how you can check whether an email from Facebook is genuine or not!
In the past few days there have been numerous postings and articles in presumptive serious magazines and tech blogs that claim if you are posting a photo of what you looked like ten years ago, and what you look like today, it will make you vulnerable when it comes to what Facebook knows about you. It’s not any more dangerous than what Facebook already knows about you. And they know a LOT! Let me show you exactly how much.
I’m sure you’ve received them too. Friend requests from sexy bikini clad women who suddenly wants to be your friend. Or maybe you’ve received a friend request from a smiling man from Nigeria, who desperately wants to be your friend, so that you can help him with some money transfers?
On of the most frequently asked questions I get about Facebook is how you can search for things that are posted there. Things just fly by in the news stream, and as long as you don’t save something to look at it later, you might never see it again. Or maybe you’d like to find something you posted yourself a long time ago? Let me show you how easy it is to search Facebook.
A little under two weeks ago I attended the LION 18 conference in Chicago. LION is short for Local Independent Online News and is an organisation for local news sites. Little did I know all the reactions I would get when I tweeted my surprise over how in bed Facebook is with local news sites and newspapers in the US.
Last Friday 50 million Facebook users woke up and discovered that they had been logged out of Facebook. Not just one place, but on their computer, cellphone, the Messengar app and on all devices where they had used Facebook as their logon method. Facebook is saying that there’s no need for their users to do anything. Don’t listen to Facebook! Change your password now!
Here are 7 tips about your Facebook settings that you might not know about.
To get to any of these settings you have to click on the pulldown arrow to the right of the question mark at the top of your Facebook stream or page, and then choose Settings:
This screen will now open up:
We are going to use the left side menu in this screen to gain access to all the 7 settings. You can click on all photos to see them in larger versions.
Here are the 7 tips:
- How do people find you on Facebook?
People can usually find you by searching for you, or maybe even Facebook suggests you as a friend for others. But you can exercise some control over this. In the left menu in Settings, go to Privacy and find the section called How People Find and Contact You:
Here you can set who should be able to send you a friend request, if external search engines should be able to find you on Facebooks and how people can search and find you.
- Control who sees what on your timeline and who sees your tags?
You can also control who should see what you post, and you can even control who should see postings you are tagged in. Go to Timeline and Tagging the left menu under Settings. There you will find all these settings:
- Block anything you want
Go to Blocking in the left side menu of Settings. You will now get a screen where you can do the following:
– Put people on a Restricted list, which means you can keep people as friends, but hide all postings from them that you share with friends only
– Block users, which means they are unfriended, can’t search for you, contact you, send you messages or see your profile
– Block messages, you can stop users from sending you messages on Messenger. However, they will still be able to post on your profile, if you are friends
– Block app invites, you can add friends who keeps sending you invites to apps to a list here
– Block event invites, you can add friends you don’t want event invites from here
– Block apps, here is where you add nametests.com and all other apps (let’s face it, all those apps are annoying)
– Block pages, yup, you can even block entire Facebook pages
- Which language do you want?
Go to Language in the left side menu of Settings. Here you can set the following:
– What language should your Facebook be in
– What language do you want postings in other languages to automatically be translated to and which languages you don’t want to translate
– Set your postings to be posted in several languages at once
- What should you be notified about?
Yes, Facebook keeps coming up with new ways to annoy you with notifications. However, you can turn these on and off as you please via the Notifications menu in the left side menu of Settings:
– On Facebook: here you can set in detail what sort of notifications that should pop up under the notification bell on Facebook. Do yourself a favour and go through this!
– Email: Turn on and off what notifications you want to receive emails from Facebook about
– Desktop and Mobile: Here you can control all the pop ups, buzzing and beeps you can get from Facebook, both on your cell phone and on your computer
– Text message: Turn on and off what sort of text messages Facebook can send to your cell phone.
- What can the public see?
Under Public Posts in the left side menu of Settings you can control who can follow your public posts (you can be followed by people who aren’t friends, unless you turn this off), comment on them, who can like or comment on public photos or profile info, if you want to have rankings on comments, your public Facebook name and if you want to connect a Twitter account to your Facebook (this means your postings will be posted on Twitter, with a link to your Facebook post).
- What does your Facebook profile look like?
Have you ever wondered what your Facebook profile looks like to other people? Facebook has a really neat way to let you do this. Go to Public Posts in the left side menu of the Settings page:
At the bottom there is a link called Want to know what followers can see? View your public timeline:
Click on this. Your profile will now open up, and you will be able to see how your profile looks for people who are not in your friends list:
At the top of your profile, above your Facebook profile photo you see this:
Click on this. A search field will now appear and you can search for any of your friends. Click on the name of the person you want to check and you will now see your profile just like that person will see it.
Did you like this tips? Do you want me to make tips about anything else on Facebook? Leave your comments below!
One of the things I like about Facebook is that it can show you what you posted on this particular date all the way back to the year when you joined. Facebook is often showing you this functionality in your newsstream:
Under the memory itself, you can click on See More Memories to see all the memories for this particular date.
Some days you don’t get to see this memories reminder in your feed. But there is still a way for you to see all of your memories for today.
Simply add an /onthisday after facebook.com in the url in your browser. So the adress will then be: www.facebook.com/onthisday
If you are on your cell phone, simply open your web browser there and write m.facebook.com/onthisday:
There you go! See your memories whenever you want.
Please leave your comments and tell me what you think of this (and other) tips for to give any other feedback.
Did you read these Facebook tips?
- What happens to your Facebook profile when you die?
- How to use Facebook as a blog
- Here is how you block nametests
- Hide postings from selected people on Faceook
Update 18.01.2019: This article is now out of date. Facebook has changed how you download your data. Read this updated article instead.
In these days where Facebook is rocked by the Cambrigde Analytica scandal, more and more people are starting to wake up and reliase how much personal information they are actually giving Facebook. Especially now that Facebook is showing that not only are they not that concerned about protecting your data, they are now even trying to cover their tracks by almost lying about why they shared so much data to third parties.
But do you know exactly what Facebook knows about you? Do you want to find out? It’s very easy.
- Go to the pull down menu next to the help button (?):
- Click on it:
- Find the item Settings and click on it:
- General Settings will now open up. At the bottom of the list, in small writing, you will find a link called Download a copy of your Facebook data:
- Click on this link. You will now see this page:
- Click on Start My Archive
- You will be prompted for your password. Type it in and click Submit
- You will then get the following message:
- Click on Start My Archive
- You will now be told that Facebook has started to create your archive, and that you will receive an email to the displayed email adress when the archive is finished.
- Click OK
- You will now receive an email from Facebook telling you that they have received your request, and that they will send you a new email when your data is ready for download
- Go on using Facebook as normal, while waiting for the email from them. This might take a while!
- When your Facebook data is ready for download you will get both an email and a notification in Facebook. Click on the link, and you will be taken to this page:
- Click on Download Archive
- You will be prompted for your password again. Type it in and click Submit
- A zip-file with your data will now be downloaded. Choose where you want to save it. If your browser doesn’t ask you where you want to save it, you will find it in the Downloads/Nedlastinger folder.
- Find the file on your computer. The file will be called facebook-[yourname].zip
- Doubleclick on it. The file will now open up and show you the contents:
- Mark the index file and all the folders by clicking on them while holding down the CTRL key on your keyboard:
- Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard while hitting the letter C on your keyboard. Alle the files and folders will now be copied.
- Go to the My Documents/Documents/Mine dokumenter/Dokumenter folder, right click on it and then click Paste/Lim inn:
- The index file and all the folders will now be pasted in there. Wait for it to finish copying, it will take a while.
- When it has finished copying, double click on the index file.
- A web page will now open in your web browser. And you can see
- You can now click on the links in the web page’s menu to see exactly what Facebook knows about you, and what you have shared and uploaded.
You can se EVERYTHING you have done on Facebook.
Here’s what I found by going through my own data:
- The names, numbers, email and adresses of all my phone contacts that I had on my phone up until I removed Messenger from the phone
- A list of every single call I received or made between 2008 and 2016. The list even told me if the call was a missed call or not
- A list of every single text message and MMS I sent and received in the same period
- Every single conversation I’ve ever had on Messenger, even from people how have blocked me or that I have blocked
- All my interests and pages that I have liked
- Every single comment and like I have made
- Every single comment and like YOU have made on my postings
- Every single song I’ve listened to on Spotify in the period I used Facebook to log on to Spotify
- Surprisingly few of my photos, but the ones that were there had all comments and likes listed
- Most videos and live broadcasts, including comments and likes
- A list of all Facebook friends, including the ones I no longer have in my friends list
- Every single event that I have created or attended
- Every single place or device I used to log on to Facebook
- Every ad I’ve made or (accidentally) clicked, including sponsored postings
- Every single application I’ve ever used
Imagine having this information for billions of users all over the world. Now, imagine people using stupid Facebook quizzes that give these quiz apps the same access to all of your friends’ data. The next time people ask you why you should care about privacy, tell them this:
All this data is a total profile on you. And it’s a profile about your beliefs, your political views, your sexual orientation, who your friends are, what you like, what you don’t like… It’s so much, that the people who have all this knowledge about you can actually use it to influence you on what to vote, what to think and even how you behave!
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