There’s a lot of talk on the Internet and the local television news these day’s about the recent breach of trust with the most popular social media platform we have today. In this case I’m talking about Facebook.
Many people are deleting their Facebook account (the exact numbers are unknown at this time) due to privacy concerns. I myself recently have given it thought -but- have decided not to at this time. However, you may be considering to #deletefacebook.
With that said, before you go and delete your Facebook account you may want to review your data archive to find out exactly how much Facebook knows about you. When and if you do download your data archive you’ll be surprised how much Facebook knows about you.
Here’s how to download your data archive:
Facebook has a tool to help you download all your data. It’s useful if you want to delete your account, or you just want to back up all your data. Open your Facebook account from a computer desktop web browser of your choice, then click the downward facing arrow in the top right corner of the blue bar, also known as the smurf bar , and then select the “Settings” option.
Click the “Download a Copy of Your Facebook Data” link at the bottom of the General Account Settings page.
Next, click the “Start My Archive” button.
Input your password when asked, and then you’ll be told that it will take Facebook a few minutes to gather your data. Once done Facebook will email you when your archive is ready for downloading.
When the email arrives, click the link, and then click the “Download” button on the page that opens. You’ll need to type your password again to start your download. Depending on the size of your archive and the speed of your internet connection, this could also take a while.
Relax and take a walk or something.
There’s something else you can do if you want to protect your data without deleting your Facebook account.
I personally am still in the deciding stage as to whether I’m going to delete my account or not. I didn’t realize how difficult that decision would be for me until I considered what would happen to my other page’s and groups I created over the last few years. If you would like to like the page’s I have and join the groups here are the links,
Insane Asylum Of The Universe – I don’t post to this page much and would like for someone to run it for me as an Editor. You interested? email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – please enter in the subject matter field, I want to be an editor… this way I’ll know not to delete the email you send.
Computer Tech Support Forum – Public group
Insane Asylum Of The Universe Cafe – Public group for now.
If you’re thinking about asking me to be friends on my personal account, most likely that won’t happen. I’m very cautious as to who I allow in on my personal account.