6 tips to protect your privacy on Facebook

From photos to videos and private messages, Facebook really keeps track of you. The video above explains how you can get access to your ‘file’ yourself. Do you see things in it that you do not want Facebook to know about you? Here are 6 tips on how you can protect your privacy a bit.

1. Manage your ads preferences

Because of your click and liking behavior in the past, Facebook has placed you in a target group. This also applies to click behavior outside Facebook itself. Once you have downloaded your Facebook archive, you can see which ads are shown to you. Do not you want this? Then select “Manage your ads preferences” to see the audiences you are part of and influence what ads you see on Facebook. Here you can adjust which target groups you are part of.

2. Remove contacts

Facebook also looks at other sites. Were you surprised by all names and phone numbers in your Facebook archive? That can be right, because it may just be that you are logged in via an e-mail address or telephone number that you have not used for years.

3. Disconnect your phone number from Facebook

If you have Facebook Messenger (the chat feature) installed on your phone, the chances are that your smartphone is linked to the app and your current contact information is automatically shared. Do not you want this? Then click on the arrow at the top right. Click on Settings and choose Mobile. Choose your number and click on ‘Delete from your account’.

4. Use a new email address

Chances are you have ever made a link between your email address and Facebook. For example, by seeing which friends were all active. You could choose to create a new e-mail address, disconnect your old one and link a new e-mail address where you do not have any contacts saved to Facebook.

5. Do not share your location with Facebook

If you have agreed (and that may be the case), Facebook knows where you are at that moment and companies can therefore show you advertisements. But it also knows where you were visiting yesterday. Do not want to share this anymore? Then disable location access for the Facebook app. Read here how to do this on the iPhone and here how you can do this on your Android.

6. Like randomly a number of pages

Now that the municipal elections are on the way, you will see more and more local political parties in your timeline. If you see an advertisement, you can click on an arrow in the upper right corner and the option ‘Why am I seeing this?’ Selecting. Then you see that a party thinks that you are in a certain target group and where you live. You can spoil this game a bit by liking some random pages and changing your places to Mexico City, for example. Then it is still known that you ‘ever lived in the Netherlands’, but it is already a lot more difficult for advertisers. Or like a few pairs of completely random pages. Then you will see that the ads displayed suddenly become very different.

Is it all solved below?

Suppose you have now enthusiastically adjusted all your contacts and advertising preferences, but realize that from the moment you return to Facebook, everything starts all over again. And even though your phone number and your email address are no longer linked, in your archive you can see that Facebook does remember that those numbers were once linked and belonged to you. Where you have ever clicked, is stored on the servers of Facebook and that will (even if you have adjusted the preferences) still preserved. And on Facebook you can also find a lot about you based on your network. And do you think it’s better on Instagram for example? Facebook is also owner of Instagram and WhatsApp! If you do not want to leave digital tracks, you can delete the account, but remember that Google and many websites also know a lot about you based on the search behavior. And if a ‘find our fun’ button is on a website, Facebook still knows that someone with your IP address has been on the site.

Downloading the archive is not new, Facebook offers these options for 5 years. The archive is a transparent insight into your data and do not forget: you yourself agree with the conditions.