By Eli on July 22nd, 2016 at 4:54 pm
Facebook’s telling strangers where you are
Know the People You May Know
section on your Facebook page? It suggests, sometimes eerily, connecting with people you might have emailed or interacted with on other social media channels. Internet news and commentary site Fusion says Facebook uses mobile location
to suggest friends.
In some ways, this could be a plus: If you’ve attended a networking event and can’t remember the name of someone you met, they could wind up in your People You May Know suggestions. However, that creepy guy who semi-stalked you in the frozen food section at the market?
Not exactly a contact you want to make. As the debate rages on, here’s what you can do.
How to fix it
Unless you don’t mind suggestions possibly being made based on your location, you can turn off the site’s access to your location data.
Through Location Settings
on your mobile device, opt out of access to location data. Keep in mind you won’t be able to get coupons and other location-based incentives available on other apps.
Cross-site Scripting is a problem
Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology
suggests that friends tag you in pictures. This is great when you want to be part of the share for a concert last weekend or family reunion. It’s not so great when scammers send you messages that ask Why are you tagged in this video?
or offer access to a fake new feature, such as the Dislike Button
How to fix it
Take precautions regarding what photos you allow yourself to be tagged in. Be wary of messages that offer access to new Facebook features, or help in removing yourself from tagging. The best way to remove yourself: Change your Privacy Settings
menu can be found in the top right corner of your Facebook page. Select Timeline and Tagging
in the left column. Turn off tagging suggestions. This will remove your contacts’ ability to tag you in photos of people who look like you. Friends will still be able to tag you in photos, though.
The very features that make Facebook such a popular social-media site also present opportunities for scammers to strike. With these and other threats, caution is the best remedy. Don’t add friends you don’t really know. Review all posts you’re tagged in, and keep an eye on your timeline for any posts you don’t want there.