One of the favorite pass times of many Bahamians on Face Book is playing popular games such as Farmville, Mafia Wars and many others.
A recent Wall Street Journal report exposed that many of Facebook’s most popular apps are sharing personally identifiable information of their users with dozens of advertising and Internet-tracking companies, in violation of the companies rules. The Information shared allows companies to view all your personal information and in some cases that of your friends.
The issue affects tens of millions of Facebook app users, including people who set their profiles to Facebook’s strictest privacy settings. Facebook acknowledged that this was indeed the case and has even shut down LOLapps Media one of the major companies involved. It is not clear what Facebook will do about Zynga Games, the maker of the most popular games on Facebook.
I used to play Mafia Wars several months ago. It was an enjoyable game, with lots of goals to meet and rewards to collect and share. But after a while i realized what a waste of time the game really was. Its whole objective was to keep you playing daily and get you to convince as many of your friends to play as possible.
Once i came to that realization i deleted the game and stopped playing all games on facebook. Frankly there are much better things that i could find to do with my time and so can you.
How to Remove Facebook Applications
There is something very easy everyone can do to minimize their risk and that’s delete the Facebook applications you no longer use.
The process of doing so is incredibly simple.
After signing into Facebook, do the following:
1. Click on “Account” at the top-right of the screen.
2. Click “Application Settings”
3. Change the “Show” drop-down box to “Authorized.” This will show all the applications you’ve ever given permission to.
4. In the resulting list, click the “X” button on the far right next to each app you want to remove to delete it.
5. On the pop-up box that appears, click “Remove” then click “Okay” on the next box confirming the app was deleted.
Repeat this process to remove all the apps you no longer use on a regular basis.
Doing this won’t eliminate risk entirely – nothing can do that – but it’s a good first step in reducing risk. However, as long as you have a Facebook account, your data won’t be private. If true privacy is really a concern for you, it may be time to find that account delete button instead. (Hint: it’s under “Account Settings.”)