Facebook privacy: Easy must-do changes to protect your data

By Cyber SecurityFOXBusiness

Steps to protecting your privacy on Facebook

Kurt “The Cyber Guy” Knutsson on how to change the privacy settings on Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, is trying to make good with the company’s users following the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal. But what the social media giant really needs is an adult, according to technology expert Kurt Knutsson.

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“I’m soft on [Mark Zuckerberg]. I don’t like what the company’s done,” Knutsson said to FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo on “Mornings with Maria. “I think he’s a spectacular human being — great leader, love what he’s built, but I think it needs a grownup inside of Facebook to watch ourselves.”

The company on Thursday announced changes to its data and privacy posture, saying that it would no longer allow third-party data for targeting ads and made it easier for users to find privacy tools.

However, Knutsson remained skeptical on Zuckerberg’s motives.

“They clearly are not for our interests. They are out to serve themselves, to grow their platform and to make money off of [advertisers],” he said.

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So what can you do to protect your data?

Knutsson said the easiest way to combat snooping is to remove apps from Facebook.

By going to account settings and hitting the app tab on the app, you will have ability to turn off access to your personal data.

It’s also crucial to inform your friends on how to update their settings, Knutsson added.

“You’re vulnerable to what your friends allow through also so that they can see what’s on your profile,” he said. “They’re also going to see access to being able to carry that data away and give it to a third-party app.”

Facebook has lost $80 billion in market value since the data scandal.

Six ways to protect data on Facebook:

    1. Remove apps on Facebook

    2. Set alerts and boost extra security

    3. Disable Facebook integration with outside apps

    4. Limit access by apps others use

    5. Location privacy

    6. Inform friends

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