Photo courtesy of: Business Insider
Photo courtesy of: Business Insider

Over the past decade, we have all become more concerned about our privacy. Who knows what and how are they getting it? With the advent of apps is anything private anymore?  And who’s to blame for all the information we put out there?  Is it the developers? the providers? society? ourselves?  How about all of the above.

As a society we have turned a blind eye to what is happening all around us. And I do not mean for this article to become political so I’ll just say. We need to stay more alert to how and where we pass along our information.  Does Facebook or any other company really need our telephone numbers to “keep us secure”? I am seeing that claim becoming more wide-spread each day.

Do you remember when Facebook asked you for a few details which helped you find your friends.  It’s not like that anymore, it is definately information gathering. It went from hometown, high school, lives and works to now wanting to know what position you worked in. Next it’s going to ask how much we were paid in that position.  If we keep giving it the information, it’s going to keep asking for more. I feel like, and maybe this is just me, the Internet is never satisfied with what it has, always needing more and more of me.  I flashback to the 80s movie Short Circuit and Number 5 saying, “Input, need more input!” What’s the Internet going to ask for next, a vial containing my unique genetic code?

With all of that said I want to share with you an incredibly useful tool for Facebook users, which you should save somewhere on your desktop for use at least once a year in cleaning up who is viewing and stealing your private information as well as that of your friends.  That’s right, I just said that YOU are giving away not only your own information but that of your friends and family as well. And they are doing it to you.  This will not stop, but it can be minimalized.

Please go to the Business Insider online for the eye-opening tutorial on how to block companies tracking you on Facebook.

p.s. it’s NOT just Facebook.

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    1. What was the conclusion of the discussion? Was everyone in agreement or no?

      I think it is important that we are all aware of the choices we are making. Convenience is great, but we are giving up a lot when we sign up for services using our Facebook or Google Log In information. Why do we give evertything away? It is no one’s business but our own.

      I wrote the post and found myself, less than 12 hours later downloading a new app on Facebook! Ugh!

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      1. The defenders of Facebook cited that it is an easy way to stay in touch and keep up with family and friends, and my refusal to participate was just ridiculous because not only did I miss out on the family and friend news…but I ..get this part…. “forced” people to have to call, visit, or email to stay in touch with me.


      1. I’m following the steps right now and I realized so many privacy settings were changed on FB. And I agree with you, it’s happening to almost everything online 😮


      2. Yeah, it was pretty simple to do. But here is the thing, remember if you go to a new website and they ask if you want to use in with your e-mail, Facebook, Google etc., you are passing along information beyond the simple email or name. That is why I suggested keeping the tutorial link somewhere handy for future cleanses!

        I don’t like it one bit. Unless I am buying something, and really even if I am not buying something but just want to look around, I shouldn’t have to say who I am, how to contact me and what religion I practice, etc.

        Okay, stepping down from the rant now. 🙂

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  1. I totally get you! Even downloading apps on to phone requires a lot of information from us.

    And more sites are allowing login via Facebook, Google so it saves you from the normal registration, and in fact by doing this we are actually passing in more details of ourselves than that is required of normal login.

    Sometimes I browse products in an online shop and the next minute those products appeared on my Facebook advertisement, that is a pretty scary intelligent visitor behaviour tracking.


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