30-second privacy check that all Google and Facebook users must perform today

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So much about you being collected, compiled and sold to the highest bidder. Shady people finder and data broker sites make it their business to know as much about you as possible. Tap or click here for three sites you need to check for your information and steps to remove it.

This data collection happens in the background and there is a lot you give away freely. For example, everything you type in Google, YouTube, Gmail, Google Drive and everything else. Tap or click to see everything Google knows about you with a quick search.

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

Data sharing two-way

Let’s say a website gets you logged in to read an article. You will be presented with the option to create an account so that you can access the article. It takes time, but alas, you see it!

You can just log in with your Facebook or Google account. No new account needed – what a happy day.

You may not be aware that the very moment you logged in with your Facebook or Google account, you revealed several data tracking points. Everything you probably do on the page is sent back to Facebook or Google. This website can also get data back from Facebook or Google.

This is why if you read an article about fine Italian wines, you immediately start seeing wine ads afterwards.

Stop Facebook from tracking you from Facebook

Facebook is notorious for collecting a wealth of data. Its privacy center is transparent – if you know how to navigate it. Click or click here to see everything Facebook collects about you.

Follow these steps to see the third-party apps and services you’ve connected to Facebook over the years. It should take no longer than 30 seconds to find the complete list and kick out everything you choose.

On your computer:

  • ● Log in, and then click down arrow in the upper right corner.
  • ● Click Settings and privacy> Select Settings.
  • ● Click Apps and websites in the menu on the left. If you do not see it, select Security and loginthen 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 press Apps and websites.

On an Android device:

  • ● Open the Facebook app, then tap three-line menu.
  • ● Select Settings and Privacy> Settings.
  • ● Scroll down to Securityand then press Apps and websites.
  • ● Select Logged in with Facebook.

Once you see the apps and sites that are connected to Facebook, you can start cutting them off one by one. Remove anything you do not want your data and track yourself.

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

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

LISTEN UP: If you have half an hour and a pair of headphones, check out this episode of my podcast, Kim Komando Today. I divide the way companies and public authorities buy your data. No, federal agencies cannot seize your personal data without an order or your permission, but they can purchase it from data brokers.

Getting out of Google’s grip

Then let’s go to Google and track the connected services. You may find that a site you have not used for years is still getting updates about you.

  • ● To get started, visit the Associated Accounts page while signed in to your Google Account. Here you will see all the accounts you have signed in with your Google account.
  • ● To remove the access, press or click Remove the link.

Do some of the apps refuse to remove the link? It’s not a fluke. Some third-party apps do not allow you to disconnect from Google. You need to open the app itself and see its settings through. Look for a section that says Linked Accounts, Linked Accounts or something similar.

The app you are using should then allow you to disconnect. Just follow the on-screen instructions.

FILE PHOTO: A photo illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person's eye.

FILE PHOTO: A photo illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person’s eye.
(REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / File photo)

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 control and remove access:

● Go to myaccount.google.com/security.

● Below Third-party apps with account accesschoose Manage third-party access.

● Click on an app or service to see what it can access. click Remove access if you choose it.

What now?

Securing your online self can feel like an endless task. Check out these handy guides for more ways to protect your private data:

● 8 hidden cards and trackers to turn off

● Do you think Big Tech knows a lot? Your ISP is just as bad

● New trick to know when your phone’s camera or microphone is being used

● Your email is being tracked – Learn the secret advertisers do not want you to know

● Smartphone privacy: 3 types of apps that collect more data than you realize

Bonus tip: Stop Facebook tracking, secret camera tricks and why you see ads when you stream

In this podcast, I help three callers who are in difficult situations. You want to protect your son from malicious players. Another wants expensive cameras at cheap prices. I share a few technical tricks you can use to save money and protect your privacy. I also got scooped on a secret Facebook setting that stops tracking.

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