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4 Facebook Privacy Intrusion Fixes

Facebook may control most of your data, but you can take protective steps. Here's what you need to know.

device's Facebook app, then Nearby Friends, then tap the gear icon. From that list, tap Location Settings, then switch the location history feature to off.

You can also delete past locations from your history. To remove places individually, navigate to your Activity Log from your desktop and click More, then Location History. Click the delete button next to the location you want to remove, then select Delete from the dropdown menu. To clear your entire location history, click Clear Location History at the top of the page.

3. Stop Facebook from tracking your browsing habits
Earlier this month, Facebook announced it will soon use app and website data from your online browsing habits to provide you with more targeted ads. This means that if you perform a Google search for a particular restaurant, you may see ads for that restaurant on Facebook.

While Facebook isn't the only company to track your browsing habits for ad targeting -- Google does it, too -- you can opt out. On your desktop, visit the Digital Advertising Alliance. This website will scan for participating companies that have enabled customized ads for your browser. You can browse your results to learn more about their advertising and privacy practices, and opt out of this advertising for all or select ones.

To opt out on your mobile device, use the controls that iOS and Android provide, Facebook advises. This includes enabling private browsing, blocking cookies, and opting in to do-not-track.

4. Opt out of appearing in search engine results
Facebook automatically allows search engines to index your profile. This means that when friends, family, and employers Google your name, for example, search results may list a link to your page.

To prevent your profile from appearing in search engine results, visit your account settings page and click the privacy tab on the left. Click Edit next to the very last option, "Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline?" and uncheck the box. It may take some time for search engines to stop showing the link to your profile in its search results.

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pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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7/28/2014 | 9:40:05 AM
Re: Another solution: share less
@cafzali,

I agree with you to a point. It's easier to stay in closer touch with 'fringe friends' as I call them. The closer friends, you'll most likely speak to on the phone or communicate via text, right?
pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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7/22/2014 | 9:14:43 AM
Re: Another solution: share less
@cafzali,

I really use FB as a way to share content with family & friends. From time to time, they'll also share something good with me too. That I would miss if I stopped.
pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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7/22/2014 | 9:13:19 AM
Re: Another solution: share less
@majenkins,

Not to mention that the BIG THINK is nothing you care about. Even if you do care about it, you could live better not hearing some people's ignorant opinions.

I'm not saying it's easy but it might be worth it to take a FB sabbatical.
pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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7/22/2014 | 9:09:37 AM
Re: Another solution: share less
@Ariella,

I'm interested to hear what about G+ keeps you on it instead of FB?
dhonigman-g2
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dhonigman-g2,
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7/3/2014 | 3:52:19 PM
Re: Another solution: share less
I notice I've been sharing much fewer personal happenings. Stick to more news articles these days, unless it's really important.
cafzali
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cafzali,
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7/1/2014 | 4:07:28 PM
Re: Another solution: share less
@pcharles09 Add me to the list of folks who just don't see abandoning Facebook as that difficult. While I see value and appreciate being able to share family photos, etc. with people who I was once more personally connected to but cannot be now, I don't look at Facebook as an actual vehicle to communicate with current friends. In other words, if I'm only talking to people via FB, they're a friend in a different context. It's nice to know what's going on with them, but if FB pushes people too far, many will stop seeing the value. 

Between the constant flubs on Facebook's part and the tendency of some folks to ramble on forever about politics there, I think breaking up won't be so hard to do for many.
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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7/1/2014 | 12:50:32 PM
Much simpler approach:
Stop using Facebook!
majenkins
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majenkins,
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7/1/2014 | 11:48:33 AM
Re: Another solution: share less
pcharles09, And how is it going to kill you to not hear what your most active friends had for dinner last night or what they think about the latest BIG THING in the news.
majenkins
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majenkins,
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7/1/2014 | 11:45:39 AM
Re: Another solution: share less
Rate It 100% Thomas Claburn, AMEN brother.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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7/1/2014 | 9:21:36 AM
Re: Another solution: share less
@Pcharles09 yes, and that's not always going to happen. I use Google+ a lot more than FB, and quite a number of my FB connections are there, too. But a lot of the people who started out on FB keep active there and don't really post on or read G+. So the only way to keep with them is with the older network unless they're willing to email. I'd be fine with that option but die-hard FB people will even message through the social network rather than emailing directly. 
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