Monday, April 30, 2018

Remove Facebook Applications From Your Phone

I recommend that you remove the Facebook Application from your phone and use their web access exclusively. To make this easier, I have one web browser dedicated almost exclusively for Facebook and use the notifications as my home page: https://m.facebook.com/notifications.php?more
The reason I only access Facebook through a Web browser is because I don't trust them with the following application permissions that are listed for their App in the Google Play Store:
- Read your text messages (SMS or MMS)
- Download files without notification
- Read/write your contacts
- Add or modify calendar events and send email to guests without owners’ knowledge
- Read calendar events plus confidential information
I encourage you to read their claims about how they use these permissions and consider if you trust them: https://m.facebook.com/help/210676372433246?helpref=related

Remove Facebook Messenger from your phone and dedicate your Firefox Web browser home page to this link: https://www.facebook.com/messages/

This allows you to reply from your phone to friends on Facebook messenger without trusting Facebook with access to your sensitive data.

I refuse to allow the Facebook Messenger App on my phone because I don't trust them with the following permissions listed for their App in the Google Play Store:
- Take pictures and videos
- Record audio
- Read your contacts
- Directly call mobile phone numbers
- Receive text messages (SMS)
I encourage you to read more about their claimed use of these permissions and consider for yourself if you trust them: https://m.facebook.com/help/messenger-app/783897061631577

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