How to see all the companies tracking you on Facebook – and block them

By Komando Staff, Komando.com January 10,2017

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Facebook is tracking you seven ways from Sunday, but that should be no surprise if you’ve been reading Komando.com for any length of time. In the past, we’ve talked about stopping Facebook from sharing your information with advertisers, storing your search history, or figuring out your interests to serve you targeted ads.

Today, however, we’re going to look at other companies that can see your information on Facebook. You agreed to let them do it without even realizing it, and you might have dozens watching your posts, your profile and more. Let’s talk about how to get rid of them and how to keep this from happening again.

How did this happen in the first place?

If you’ve ever received a request to play that Facebook game your friends are obsessed with, and you decided, “Why not?” and signed up, you let a company track you. When you visit a site and it says “Log in with Facebook,” and you do, then you’re letting that company track you.

That’s right, we’re talking about Facebook apps. These third-party apps integrate with your Facebook profile and can ask Facebook for permission to pull various personal data from your work history to timeline posts. Sure you can edit what information they can access, but very few people do.

Even worse, apps your friends install can potentially see some of your information as well. So, we’re going to need to fix both of these to stop the tracking.

Look for our next post:

How to see all the companies tracking you on Facebook – and block them

 

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