Facebook Has Started Rolling Out ‘New Security Features’ & Here’s How You Can Make The Best Use Of Them

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Facebook has announced new controls, privacy shortcuts, and tools to delete Facebook data but said these were in the works before the Cambridge Analytica scandal exploded.

As Facebook continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data incident, the company is taking its first official steps towards mending bridges with users.

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As part of the update, Facebook has released a new feature called Access Your Information, a new “secure way” for users to access and delete their posts, reactions, comments, and searches from their timeline or profile.

3 Vital Features To Look At:-

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1.The first main change is a reorganization of the Settings menu on the Facebook app, which consolidates privacy information that was previously spread out over 20 screens onto one. In the image below, the phone on the left shows the current Settings menu, while the one on the right shows the new Settings menu that will roll out: It looks clearer, cleaner, and, overall, more user friendly. There is also a new Privacy Shortcuts menu that will be found under the Bookmarks section of the app, which makes it easier to set controls around the ads you see, your personal information, and your account’s security.

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2.However, the most useful new feature ‚Äî and the one most relevant to the Cambridge Analytica incident ‚Äî is the one more directly related to data. A new “Access Your Information” page divides all of the information you’ve ever shared on Facebook into categories: You’ll see everything from your “Groups” and “Photos and Videos” to “Likes and Reactions.” Clicking on one of those categories will allow you to see the information you’ve shared and, if you so choose, delete it

3.The third new feature is a major upgrade to Facebook’s existing “download your data” page. Once a small footnote buried within user Settings, there is now an entire page devoted to¬†downloading data. Compared to the old system, which required you to download everything you ever shared or posted simultaneously, you’ll be able to choose what you want to download. If you only want your photos and videos, you can just select those. The same goes for your list of friends. You’ll also be able to select specific date ranges for what you want to download.

The updated settings and any that are announced in coming months will fall in line with the message¬†Mark Zuckerberg¬†shared on his Facebook page last week: “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.” A Facebook Newsroom post announcing today’s updates also acknowledged the impact of Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of user data, noting, “The last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies and to help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data.”

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Aman Chhabra
Aman is a Technology Geek and a Nature Lover. He is pursuing Bachelor of Vocational Studies from Delhi University. He believes that Smart Work and Learning Attitude can help one to achieve something better in everyday life.

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