ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Friday, news broke that Cambridge Analytica may have obtained the personal information of 50 million Facebook users.
Now in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook data scandal, the campaign #deletefacebook is picking up speed.
If you are not among the group who is joining the campaign, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has suggested a few tips on how to become cyber-savy and cyber-secure when using Facebook.
Opt to use Facebook's "verification mechanism"
This means that you are required to do two-step authentication every time you log in. When you log into Facebook with a password, you will receive a code sent to a separate device.
Be aware of phone and email information you have shared
Users are allowed to control who can see your mobile number or email on your profile. In order to change settings that allow shared information, click "settings," then "privacy" under "Who can look me up?"
Delete any "Apps" you find on your settings
Click "x" on any apps that you don't recognize or trust and disconnect them from your profile. If there are apps that you want to keep, you can click the edit button to review what kind of permissions they have on your page.
Review and consider deleting "Apps"
- Many of the third-party Apps your friend's use can also pull data from you as well. If you don't want to share data, uncheck any boxes from the apps you don't want.
If you choose to delete Facebook account
If you decided to delete your Facebook account altogether, you may want to see the personal data Facebook has given away first. In order to see that, click the "account" menu down arrow at the top right of your Facebook page. Then click "download a copy of your Facebook data" at the bottom of your General Account settings and click "Start My Archive."
Reminder: You can deactivate your account, which hides you from searches and hides your timeline, but keeps all your data until you are ready to reinstate it.