Facebook recently faced a major data leak due to two third-party app developers: Cultura Colectiva from Mexico and an app named At The Pool. Here's what went wrong:
Cybersecurity experts at UpGuard unearthed and reported this lapse. Addressing it, however, proved challenging:
Remarkably, while Cultura Colectiva took nearly three months to act, At The Pool's data was swiftly secured. Still, that data had been unguarded for an alarming five years.
If you never used At The Pool or Cultura Colectiva, you might feel unaffected. But this incident sheds light on Facebook's limited control over user data once shared with third parties. It's worth questioning: Do you really know what Facebook and associated apps know about you? Is your data truly safe?
Your control over Facebook data may be limited once shared. But here's how you can minimize exposure:
Avoid third-party apps on Facebook: They ferry your data to entities that might not prioritize security.
Consider a Facebook detox: Given the rising concerns, reevaluating your need for the platform might be in order.
Limit your Facebook activity: If leaving seems drastic, reduce your activity. Provide only essential details and engage minimally, ensuring you reveal as little as possible.