Social Media Smart Security

LAST UPDATED: April 4th, 2019

If we want to compare our behaviors in regards to social media smart security we need to go back and visit suburbia in the 1950’s in America. There is a good chance that most homeowners or families never locked their doors; either to their car or home.  Fast forward 25 years and maybe we saw a trend in the safest suburbias that 50% of the population started to lock their car doors and homes.  What do you think happens today?  Maybe 99% of the population lock their car doors and homes?

Let’s use Facebook’s born-on date of 2004 and discuss social media smart security. We are pretty clear now that the Zuck was not really interested in the long lost relationships being reconnecting. He mostly saw the huge advertising opportunity via personal profiles that intimately reveal every nook and cranny of billions of people’s personal interests, politics, location demographics and much more.

Google Executives and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos saw the same handwriting on the wall and they have literally spent $billions of dollars perfecting algorithms that log every keystroke you make and, without your knowledge assign your activities to categories so they can implement artificial intelligence (software, hardware) and maximize every second that you are online either on your computer or smartphone.

With the recent election of President Trump as US President and the acknowledged acceptance by all groups that Facebook and social media analytics receive the credit for that election outcome.  The proportionate level of shock by many people indicated the oblivious denial that people choose to understand about how they carelessly share all their personal information online.

Nowadays you will hear that small percentage of people declaring “I am going to quit Facebook…” and, “I hate Google…” etc. etc.  Is that really practical?

Per my introductory example, just because personal and home security have increased over the years, do you declare “I am moving to Greenland!”.  No, you manage it.  Same concepts apply to your usage of frequent sites on the internet.  MANAGE IT.

We are going to offer you some tips on how to manage your Google and Facebook accounts. Per the website The Statistics Portal, there are over 2 billion users of social media and it is estimated the people spend 2+ hours daily (not just Monday through Friday – BUT DAILY) on social media.


Tasia’s video above was very comprehensive and I HIGHLY recommend you complete ALL the steps she has shown in your vid. What you will notice is if you completely turn off all aspect of your personal information, some apps might not work correctly on your smartphone or desktop. What concerns me the most is how “My Activity” is being shared with advertisers and so I try to purge that weekly.



Facebook security management is a constant moving target.  If you want to have your mind blown, read the book CHAOS MONKEYS by Antonio Garcia Martinez.  Facebook is a HEWWWG machine obsessed with eeking out every amount of data from their various companies like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and more.  Since 2004, Facebook has acquired over 71 other companies.  With all that horsepower, an attitude of entitlement, dominance and immunity to any and all supervision is on par with what history documented in the days of Nazi Germany and the Third Reich.

As a single user, obviously I can have no say or impact but I can manage how much information Facebook shares from my usage. Here are some quick tips I would recommend:

  1. NEVER, NEVER and NEVER provide your mobile number. It turns out that sharing your mobile number on the site is actually not the best idea ever. If you do, it means anyone can potentially find your name, picture and location just typing the number into the search bar, if that info is public. HMMM.In theory, this means hackers could have access to all sorts of data, just with a simple phone number. Software engineers have explained how easy it was to use a simple algorithm to guess mobile numbers and run these through a program to find out which were linked to Facebook accounts. Then, it was pretty easy to discover all sorts of info.This could be a huge phishing problem if no limit is created, and the loophole is discovered by the wrong person.Unfortunately, for the almost 2 billion people currently using Facebook, this means that sophisticated hackers and black market sellers can access names and mobile phone numbers in as little as an hour through reverse of smartphone screen
  2. Never, never and never use the Facebook mobile app.   Remember – Facebook is 10000% an advertising machine.   When you use the Facebook app, you basically driving a Facebook car and watching a Facebook TV and listening to a Facebook radio.  All Facebook ads and trolling 1000% of the time.You can use  all of the features of Facebook without the app.  With private messages, you have to use a work-around by going to the top right of your mobile browser and toggle (check box) Request Desktop Site.  Then, you can check your message.
  3. Using your Firefox and Chrome browsers on your desktop, laptop, Chromebook and smartphone, make sure you implement the multiple variations of Adblock Plus, Ad Blocker for Facebook and uBlock Origin.
  4. This is the best add-on by far – F.B Pruity This add-on will strip all the BS that Facebook pushes to your feed.

As the saying goes, there are no victims. ONLY volunteers.  Please take the time to review your personal security settings with Google and Facebook.  It makes the internet better for all of us.

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