Using Facebook without compromising privacy?

Submitted by seitanicqueer98 in Privacy

My FB profile has no photos or posts. I rarely use it. Nevertheless, recent headlines about FB leads me led to believe that deleting is in my best interest b/c they track your web activity (I'm not sure how this works or if it effects all users). I'm hesitant to disconnect mainly b/c a group I'm a member of communicates thru messenger. It'd be hard to get them to use Whatsapp or something else. I'm wondering, if I make a new acct that doesn't use my real last name, log in from a private browser, and log out every time I'm done as opposed to being logged in 24/7, how much safer is this alternative?


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anarcho_pirate wrote

The official Messenger app allows you to use it without creating a full Facebook account. If you already have an account, or make a new fake one, it is probably safer to use an open source third-party app. There's really no perfect solution with Facebook. If you are using Android, disable all app permissions for Messenger and the Facebook app. On a browser, ideally you'd disable javascript entirely, but the best compromise between usability and privacy seems to be using a tracker-blocker like Privacy Badger.

I have a similar dilemma, because the string quartet I'm in communicates with Messenger. I used the mobile-app-without-full-account option. I used my real name, but I wouldn't suggest you do. It is slow as hell (caused by all the feature bloat plus tracking) and I have all permissions turned off. It is surely reading my conversations and correlating it with my shadow profile generated mostly from my parents' accounts. Scary stuff.


braketheboxes wrote (edited )

I meant safer as in I don't have to be paranoid about FB violating my privacy

That ship sailed a long long long time ago

Facebook have a record of every IP and device you have ever connected from. Not only that they will have analytics on user usage patterns. So an algorithm will be able to link you based on things like what days you use it, what times of the day, what pages you visit, where your mouse is on screen, your typing speed and lots more. Add browser fingerprinting to this with hardware fingerprinting such as canvas API readouts to narrow down your GPU.

We have not even touched the social aspect, if you contact the same people on different accounts your easy to identify.

Facebook should be treated like an intelligence agency because they have a file on nearly everyone on the planet.

Even if you don't have a profile all it takes is one friend to have the app on their phone and now facebook has your name, number and email address.

Facebook's strength is the network effect and apathy. If you leave you are no longer giving them new data and you reduce the network effect by 1. Others may leave because you do.

Ultimately at the very least research it so you have no excuse to say "I didn't know".

if you insist on using facebook, use tails and only use the facebook onion site https://www.facebookcorewwwi.onion/?_fb_noscript=1 and you must make a new account and not use the same usage patterns or talk to the same people otherwise they will link the profile through your social graph.


Pop wrote

Safer for what?

Using a free vpn would help also


seitanicqueer98 OP wrote

I meant safer as in I don't have to be paranoid about FB violating my privacy