If you hold shares in Facebook, you may need to worry a bit considering the recent scandal but the rest of you don’t really need to panic unless your national leader is named Trump. I’m no computer nerd so I could be wrong, but from what I’ve heard most of us are fine.
Wew! So glad I don’t have to change everything. They only let you change the name on your account five times and darn it all I like Facebook, so I don’t want to stop using it. I likely spend about 60 minutes a day looking at it and when I’m promoting my businesses even a little more.
When the news emerged, that Facebook had really done a bang up screw up by allowing personal information about several million members to leak out of the data base panic struck on the platform. A report I listened to suggests you really don’t have anything to worry about because the targets were US citizens voting in the last presidential election. (The information may have been helpful to some Russians but no one else much cares.) The story explained that changing your name, deleting data and altering your privacy settings really isn’t necessary. All you really need to do is check to see which “Apps” you have used and delete them because that is where the sensitive data came from.
Governments are now scrambling, especially in Ontario, to make sure the same sort of thing doesn’t happen here and you can take your own precautions too. Some good old fashioned common sense is in order.
I didn’t have any of the suspect apps which caused the issue but if you do here is a little primer in how to get rid of them. Go to your profile page. That is not the Newsfeed you see all the time but rather the page where you add information. It should be the one about the middle of the page at the top with your name on it. Then go to the line that says more and click on the drop-down menu (aka little arrow thingy). Look for “Apps and Games” and click on it. It will open a page where apps you have used will show up. Just delete them. Then go back to the page and check other things like the info you share and your privacy settings. If you need help ask your grandchildren or a teenage neighbour.
How can a little quiz app gain information? Because you tell it all the little details about you. Your favourite colour, your Mother’s maiden name, where you lived as a child, what sort of ice cream you like and so on. That makes it easy for marketers to target you according to your personality and preferences. For the very devious, it even makes it possible to guess at your passwords and secret answers.
As for changing your name on the account. Not necessary. You should likely change your passwords on everything often, maybe once a month, but if you don’t have a lot of private info on the site a little less will likely be fine.
If you hold shares in the company, you might want to consult your stock broker because advertisers are very wary of the platform at the moment but for the rest of us that might be a good thing. Not so many adds we really don’t want to see at all.
The real thing you have to worry about on FB is fake news and political manipulation but that is for another day.