Facebook and How Apps Others Use Affect You

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I was doing further research this morning about Facebook deleting secret photos.  The keyword here is secret, and believe this is if you have turned on syncing with your mobile device.

facebook apps privacyAnyway, what really caught my eye was something I had not seen before.  You know all those fun games that people play on Facebook?  Telling them who would have their back in a certain situation?  Well I haven’t played those in a while because I was aware of those apps accessing my privacy.  But did you know you can further control what others can access about you when they use that “fun” game?  I state “fun” loosely here.

Okay, I’ll show you what I mean and going through the steps from my desktop.

  1. Within Facebook, click on the little lock that indicates Privacy Shortcuts.
  2. At the bottom of the menu, click on “See More Settings“.
  3. On the left-hand side of the screen click on Apps.
  4. Now, in the middle of that screen, you’ll see “Apps Others Use“.
  5. Click on Edit.

Anything that is checked means that apps & games you use and others’ use can access the information that is checked. (See sample to the right). If you don’t want apps and websites to access other categories of information (like your friend list, gender or info you’ve made public), you can turn off all Platform apps. But remember, you will not be able to use any games or apps yourself.

Thought I’d bring this tidbit of information to you.

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