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Facebook Being Strict On Data Protection: How You Can Secure Yourself

Facebook is totally awakened by the recent data hack, and they are being pretty strict regarding the security policy and the approval mechanism. The data which has been revealed earlier this week says almost 87 billion users are affected, out of which approximately 5 lakhs are Indians. It has also issued certain guidelines, but you can take certain steps yourself to secure your account.

After Facebook's revelation that almost 87 million users profiles are been hacked, it is being highly concerned regarding its privacy policy. The number is almost double of previously revealed data regarding Cambridge Analytica data scandal. It is also apprehended that almost 5 lakh Indian users are also affected.

Earlier this week Facebook provided with certain privacy policies to protect users by restricting apps from accessing user data. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the company is deliberately on its way to secure the user’s data, and the major steps for that involve -

  • It is bringing changes to Events API, Groups API, and Pages API. All the third party apps using groups API needs approval and the admin has to ensure the benefit of such for the group
  • It is tightening its review process and only approve an app that requests access to information such as check-ins, likes, photos, posts, videos, events and groups after the app meets certain requirements.
  • Facebook will be disabling the access through the phone number and email id feature and will also make changes to account recovery to reduce the risk of scraping.
  • It will remove apps which is not in use anymore.
  • Facebook is going to be more transparent to with its users and provide more information.

Though Facebook is desperately on its way to secure the user’s data, there are certain ways by which you can secure your data yourself:

  • Use anti-virus
  • Do not click on any suspicious app or link, be careful even with those apps and links which are just for fun
  • For different sites, use different passwords.
  • Block any person or invitation if it seems suspicious
  • Don’t bank on public wifi
  • Use two-step verification
  • Keep the privacy setting as such that only those persons can see the data whom you want to
  • Do not store your card and account detail on websites. Even if still you feel your account or card is being misused, block it with the help of the bank and lodge a GD to the police.
  •  If you feel that your account has been hacked or someone is misusing your data, do not hesitate to approach the cyber cell nearest to you, or atleast seek the help of the police.

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Reviewed by:
Rashmita Das
Published on 06-Apr-18

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