30 Second Privacy Check Every Google and Facebook User Should Do Today

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So much about you is collected, compiled and sold to the highest bidder. Dodgy people search and data broker sites make a point of finding out as much about you as possible. Tap or click here for three sites where you should verify your information and steps to remove it.

This data collection happens in the background and you give a lot of things freely. For example, everything you type in Google, YouTube, Gmail, Google Drive, and everything in between. Tap or click to see everything Google knows about you in one quick search.

I know it’s super handy, but I bet you made a big mistake with your data.

The two-way street of data sharing

Let’s say a website requires you to log in to read an article. You have the possibility to create an account in order to have access to the article. It takes time, but alas, you see it!

You can simply login using your Facebook or Google account. No new account needed – what a happy day.

You may not realize that the very moment you logged in using your Facebook or Google account, you disclosed more data tracking points. Everything you probably do on the site gets sent back to Facebook or Google. This website may also retrieve data from Facebook or Google.

That’s why if you read an article about great Italian wines, you immediately start seeing wine advertisements afterwards.

Stop Facebook Tracking You Off Facebook

Facebook is known to collect a ton of data. Its privacy center is transparent – if you know how to navigate it. Tap or click here to see everything Facebook collects about you.

To see the third-party apps and services you’ve connected to Facebook over the years, follow these steps. It shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds to find the full list and remove whatever you choose.

On your computer:

  • ● Log in, then click on the down arrow in the upper right corner.
  • ● Click on Settings and privacy > Select Settings.
  • ● Click on Apps and websites in the left menu. If you don’t see it, choose Security and connectionso Apps and websites.

On an iPhone:

  • ● Open the Facebook app and tap the three-line menu in the lower right corner.
  • ● Select Settings and Privacy > Settings.
  • ● Scroll down to the Permissions section, then tap Apps and websites.

On an Android device:

  • ● Open the Facebook app, then tap the three-line menu.
  • ● Select Settings and Privacy > Settings.
  • ● Scroll to Securitythen touch Apps and websites.
  • ● Select Connected with Facebook.

Once you see the apps and websites connected to Facebook, you can start cutting them one by one. Delete anything you don’t want to have in your data and get on with it.

FILE - This file photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York City.

FILE – This file photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York City.
(AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File)

LISTEN: If you have half an hour and a pair of headphones, check out this episode of my podcast, Kim Komando Today. I break down how companies and government agencies buy your data. No, federal agencies cannot seize your personal data without a warrant or your permission, but they can purchase it from data brokers.

Get out of Google’s grip

Next, let’s head over to Google and track down Connected Services. You might find that a site you haven’t used in years is still getting updates about you.

  • ● To get started, go to the Linked Accounts page while signed in to your Google Account. Here you will see all the accounts you signed up for using your Google account.
  • ● If you want to remove access, tap or click Ungroup.

Are some apps refusing to unlink? It is not a coincidence. Some third-party apps don’t allow you to sign out of Google. You need to open the app itself and go through its settings. Look for a section that says Linked Accounts, Connected Accounts, or something similar.

The app you’re using should then allow you to sign out. Just follow the on-screen instructions.

FILE PHOTO: An image illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person's eyes.

FILE PHOTO: An image illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person’s eyes.
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Next, check which apps and services have access to at least part of your Google Account. This can include your calendar, email inbox, accounts, or basic account information.

To verify and remove access:

● Go to myaccount.google.com/security.

● Under Third-party apps with account accessto select Manage third-party access.

● Click on an application or service to see what it can access. Click on Remove access if you wish it.

Now what?

Securing your online self can seem like a never-ending task. Check out these handy guides for more ways to protect your private data:

● 8 hidden maps and trackers you need to disable

● Think Big Tech knows a lot? Your ISP is just as bad

● New trick to know when your phone’s camera or mic is in use

● Your email is being tracked – Discover the secret advertisers don’t want you to know

● Smartphone privacy: 3 types of apps collecting more data than you think

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