DO NOT Give 3rd Party Websites Access to your Facebook Account: Of all the networks available out there, Facebook definitely ranks at the top for personal information. You are required to use your real, legal name. You likely have also stored your birthday, phone number, where you live, where you work, places you’ve lived and worked in the past, who the members in your family are, and much more. They know where you like to eat, where you hang out with your friends, and what you like. I’m sure by now you’ve seen the copy and paste scam that includes some fake legal jargon letting Facebook know they don’t own any of your content and all of that. But I have news for you, when you choose to use Facebook, you are agreeing to THEIR Terms & Conditions. Facebook is free…. but at what cost? Well, if you aren’t buying the product, then you ARE the product. That’s right. Facebook is worth billions because of the private information they’ve collected on their users. Ever wonder why you keep seeing ads in your news feed for things you’ve browsed online? Facebook is very much connected to search engines and other advertising services that allow you to be targeted so precisely that you almost can’t help yourself when you go ahead and make that purchase that keeps showing up over and over again. Now, don’t get me wrong, Facebook is not the big, bad social network of the Internet. It’s actually an amazing tool that helps me keep in touch with family and friends all over the world. I love watching people live their dreams, build their families, travel, achieve goals, and just live everyday life in a way that wouldn’t be possible for me without social media. But as Facebook users, it’s our responsibility to understand how things work. And that brings me to my point here. As you know, the Internet is all connected. Each day, developers are coming up with ways to make it more user friendly. One of the ways people do this is by eliminating the need to remember so many passwords. Trust me, I’m guilty of forgetting my password now and then, and I appreciate this….most of the time. You may have noticed that some websites allow you to login via Facebook. For major sites, like Pinterest, for example, this is totally fine. But for random, 3rd party sites that have no significance, giving them full access to your account is a HUGE mistake and I see people do it every day without really even realizing. Those silly quizzes that ask you to Log in with Facebook to find answers to things like What Princess Are You? or What Did You Do in a Past Life? or How You Will Look in 40 Years? These quiz sites are the biggest culprits of Facebook account security breeches. People love to take them because they are fun and you see all your friends posting them in your news feed. They are quick little quizzes that you can take while you’re avoiding something you should probably be doing instead. And clicking that “Log in with Facebook” button takes only a second before you can find the answers to life’s least important questions. Don’t fall for it! Imagine going to a carnival and finding one of those Guess Your Age guys. You step up to see what he has to say and he asks if he can first take a peek inside your wallet, at your driver’s license, and take some pictures so he can share with his friends. Would you stick around for that? No way, right?! So don’t do it online. Not for some stupid quiz. It’s just not worth it.