Facebook Collected Contacts from 1.5 Million Email Accounts Without Users’ Permission
Not a week goes without a new Facebook blunder.
Remember the most recent revelation of Facebook being caught asking users new to the social network platform for their email account passwords to verify their identity?
At the time, it was suspected that Facebook might be using access to users’ email accounts to unauthorizedly and secretly gather a copy of their saved contacts.
Now it turns out that the collection of email contacts was true, Facebook finally admits.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Facebook said the social media company “unintentionally” uploaded email contacts from up to 1.5 million new users on its servers, without their consent or knowledge, since May 2016.
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- Manage privacy settings:
Many of us of Facebook friends who are not necessarily close friends. They may be co-workers, distant relatives, casual acquaintances, or even family members you don’t necessarily need or want to know every aspect of your life. There are a couple of quick ways you can edit current posts and posts from your past to determine who your audience should be for a particular post. You can also manage your friend list. There may be friends you just want to check on occasionally and not see their daily posts.
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Depending on how the relationship ended you can adjust your friendship with your ex accordingly:
- You can unfriend them altogether. On your Profile Page select Friends at the top of the page.
- You can search for the particular friend in the search engine at the top of the page. Choose the friend button next to the person and unfriend them.
- You can also opt to unfollow them. That way you can check their page without getting constant updates.
- You can find a post in your newsfeed from them. On the right-hand side of the post select the drop-down menu. One of the options will be to unfollow that person.
- You can also go to that person’s Profile Page.
- At the top of the page click on follow under their name and then select unfollow. If you choose to follow them later, you can reverse the process.
The Mom Filter
Several years ago Saturday Night Live had a hilarious skit on the perils of young adults having their moms on Facebook. Facebook isn’t quite sophisticated enough yet to adjust your pictures and status specifically for your mom, but let’s say you don’t want your mom to see the posts about the woman you’re dating just yet since you know the questions will never stop. Before you post something you can choose your audience:
- Either before or after you post something you can adjust the privacy setting.
- There is a category entitled “Everyone except”.
- Click on that and a list of your friends will come up.
- Choose your mom and anyone else you don’t want to know about your romantic weekend and hit post or save.
Separation of Work and Play
You can easily categorize your friends to separate out work friends and acquaintances:
- Select the three bars at the top of the page. This will bring up the page to manage your account.
- Scroll down to “Friends.” This list will be in alphabetical order.
- Press on the “Friends” box on the right. You will need to hold it down select “edit friend list.”
- Edit friend list will allow you to put a person in a work or acquaintance category.
- When you post something, you don’t want your co-workers to see select the “friends except” option on the “to” bar. This will allow you to select your place of work or the acquaintance category.
An important side-note here is never post something you don’t want your employer to see. Many large companies have separate departments looking for negativity in Social Media.
Elections and campaigns can be challenging for Facebook friends. If you have passionate friends on the other side of the fence, you can put the on the *restricted” list following the procedures above. Additionally, you can choose to unfollow them at least until after the election is over. Follow the instructions in Ex Marks the Spot.
Enough of your cat and your dinner already- If you just can’t take another cat video or picture of someone’s dinner you can choose to unfollow them or in the individual post you can select the drop-down menu on the right and elect to hide all posts from Cat Lovers.
Blocks- Of course, many of us have people we want nothing to do with for various reasons. This is where the Block feature comes in:
- Select the three bars at the top of your Profile Page.
- Scroll down to Privacy shortcuts.
- Select “How can I stop someone from bothering me?’
- Type in the name of the person you wish to block and choose the correct person. Note that this person may have more than none account set up, so you will want to select them all.
- Once you confirm this person should be blocked they will not be able to see your posts, contact you, and you will not be able to see their page and posts or contact them. You do have the option of unblocking them.
Know the difference between deleting and deactivating your account:
Deactivate- Sometimes you just need a Facebook break. Maybe you are going through a transition and just need to separate yourself from Social Media, or perhaps you are working on a major project or studying for final exams. Facebook makes it easy to put your account on hold so that you cannot view or post and other cannot contact you through Facebook as well.
- You may want to post your intentions on your page if you intend to return in the future. “Hey friends I’m studying for the Bar, so I’m unplugging for the next few weeks. Email me if you need to reach me.”
- Select the three bars at the top of the page.
- Scroll down and select Account Settings
- Select Security
- Select the option to deactivate your account
- Everything is saved as is and you will be able to log back into Facebook and reactivate your account
Deleting your account is much more permanent. You will make sure Deactivating isn’t a better option before choosing to delete your account.
- Before deleting your account save any photos, documents, or information you want to retain by downloading it to your device.
- Understand that personal messages you have sent to others cannot be deleted.
- Contact Facebook.com/help. This site will give you the option to delete your account
- Facebook will make sure you understand the ramifications and will have you sign in with your password before deleting the account.
- The account is deactivated immediately, but it may take a few days or more to delete. During this waiting period, you have the option to reactivate.
Setup or find support groups:
Facebook can be a very useful tool in finding support for life’s challenges such as medical concerns or personal issues. A couple of examples may be a Diabetes support group or a group for parents who have children with addiction concerns.
- At times you may find an invitation in your Newsfeed to join or Like a group. You can also do a search for a group and select one that serves your needs.
- If it is a Community group you just need to Like the page and you will get updates in your Newsfeed. You can also post on the page.
- If it is a Closed Group just click “Request to Join” and you will be notified.
Create Groups- You can set-up a group by selecting “Add Group” by tapping on the three upper bars and scrolling down to Groups. Follow the prompts to create the page and adjust the administrative options and security to your needs.
Set up or find social groups:
You can also set up groups just for fun such as book clubs, family reunions, and other interests. You can also set-up events through the information link on these pages. Follow the same instructions for joining or creating a Social group.
Manage your profile:
Those three magical bars at the top of the page will give you access to all kinds of options to edit your information and manage your content. Just click on the link and follow the prompts. Here are just a few examples:
- Add or delete information from your profile
- Manage Apps and Likes
- Change profile and cover pictures
- View and create Events
- Facebook Support
Facebook can also be very helpful in promoting your products or business. It is an alternative way to add information and pictures to creative sites and travel and other blogs. Some of the ways you can use Facebook to make money are as follows:
- Create Facebook pages to complement your websites:
If you have a freelance career, or you have a business you can create a Facebook page to support your business. Select “Pages” under the three bars and then select Create page.
- Create Facebook pages to feature a particular product:
You can also create a page to feature one particular product such as a book or other featured product.
- Run and boost ads on your Facebook page:
You can set up an account through Facebook Manager with a major credit card. The Ads Manager will allow you to boost posts on your pages or run ads on Facebook for a product or business to a targeted audience. You can control your budget monetarily or by clicks.
- Use Facebook to promote money making tools such as affiliate programs:
You can also use the Facebook Share feature by employing it through affiliate and associate programs.
- Manage business and news posts on your personal page to receive public attention:
Make sure you if you post something business related on your personal page that you select the Public option under the “who can see this option.”
Setting up Facebook Business pages is absolutely free.
You pay only for boosting posts or running ads through Facebook, which is entirely optional.
Facebook is a Social Media entity that encourages reciprocity with other Social Media entities such as Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and others.
Facebook can be used to connect with family and friends, reach those with similar issues and concerns, promote your business and products and receive news and targeted information. Facebook also has an excellent Support and Technical department to help you make the most of its services and options.
That being said Facebook is not meant to take over your life. Facebook addiction is a relatively new phenomena which is getting a lot of attention from psychologists and other experts.
Ask yourself these questions if you feel you may be spending too much time on Facebook:
- Are you sacrificing sleep or your health by staying up late to check Facebook?
- Do you have a particular purpose in checking Facebook? Do you find yourself getting distracted by your Newsfeed and suddenly notice an hour has gone by, and you have not yet looked at your grandchildren’s pictures?
- Are you constantly changing your status? Not too many people are interested in your ongoing mood or what kind of muffin you’re eating.
- Do you choose and accept your friends wisely?
Facebook has the tools and information available to make sure you are using this Social Media marvel to enhance your life and control wasting precious time. If you are not yet on Facebook, give it a try. They are there to help you.