How to protect your data on Facebook

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Deleting or deactivating Facebook isn’t an option for everyone — you may not want to give up staying in touch with family and friends or participating in support groups.

The hashtag #DeleteFacebook was trending on Twitter in wake of the news. WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton tweeted “it is time” to delete Facebook.

While deleting Facebook seems like an obvious option, there are other things you can do to protect your information.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to better control what’s shared on Facebook:

How to stop Facebook from sharing your data

You may be surprised how many apps like Airbnb, Tinder or Venmo you’ve logged into through the social network over the years. Services make it easy to log in with Facebook rather than requiring a separate username and password.

Users may not realize how much of their personal data those third-party apps gain access to.

Steps to remove services using web

  1. Go to Facebook’s App Page.
  2. Under the Settings menu to see how many apps you have connected to your account.
  3. Select which services you want to remove at the top of the page.
  4. You can also disable all of them via Apps, Website and Plugins > Edit.