Facebook is one of the most notorious platforms targeted by social media hackers for unauthorized access. Why? We sign up and sign in with so many apps using Facebook.
Here is how to do an audit of your Facebook account to prevent unauthorized access. Bonus tip: I’ll show you how to limit what account information you allow from all the apps your friends and family use as well.
Log into your Facebook Account.
- Off to the far right, select the down arrow next to the circled question mark. A menu will appear.
Select ‘Settings’ from the drop-down menu.
Once in the ‘Settings’ menu, select ‘Apps’ from the far left.
Select the ‘X’ to delete an app or service
Confirm that you want to remove the app from your account by selecting ‘Remove.’
Wait to watch the application disappear.
- Once the application disappears, it no longer has any access to your Facebook account or information.
How to Disable Any App from Receiving Facebook Access
If you want to do everything possible to prevent unauthorized access by social hackers using rogue apps, you can disable the functionality entirely.
Under the list of your authorized apps, you’ll find “Apps, Websites and Plugins.” It is enabled by default. To disable, select, “Edit.”
Select “Disable Platform.”
You will not be able to authorize apps and services through Facebook until you select “Enable Platform” going through the same steps.
Limit Facebook Data for Apps and Services Your Friends Use
When your Facebook friends authorize apps, services or games, they are likely giving access to some of your profile information as well.
This does not mean your friends access this information, it means the authorized application might have access to the information.
Under the list of your authorized apps, you’ll find “Apps Others Use.” Select “Edit.”
Select or deselect categories of information that your friends’ apps and services can use.