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March 21, 2018 06:02 PM

Your Information Is Currency For Facebook

Madison, SD

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admits they made mistakes when it comes to handling your data. Experts on cyber security at Dakota State University want you to know how to protect yourself. 

For starters, Facebook isn't free. You just don't pay for it in cash. You pay for it in your information. 

When you agree to the terms of an app within Facebook-- you're also agreeing for them to have access to your profile... including posts, and even your photos. But there are ways to avoid giving up more information than you want. 

Cyber security... is an oxymoron. 

"People can't ignore it. And I think a lot of people have the attitude that 'I'm just such a small fish, in a big ocean," DSU PhD Student Sam Jarocki said. 

No one knows that better, than DSU student Sam Jarocki. 

"They might not be attacking you directly, but you amongst millions of other people," Jarocki said. 

He's researching ways to keep the smart devices you buy--protected and private.  
But knows Facebook users are at risk too. 

"When your information is sold out there...."
"Then all of a sudden it's a concern," Jarocki said. 

It's a concern DSU professor Kyle Cronin knows well. 

"The difference is, there's no regulations for Facebook, and how it protects your social media profile," Cronin said. 

Facebook has hundreds of servers like these-- filled with your information. And it doesn't stop with the website itself.

"Something as simple as you're trying to play a game, and they ask for your information, and you have to really think, do they really need my information?" Cronin said.

But that's how Facebook Apps make money. 

"You didn't pay to play the game, either, so they're using that in-road to access your information, and then they're turning around and selling it out," Cronin said. 

Protecting your information isn't easy. The best way to do it is to delete your profile, but you have some options. 

"Start changing your age, if you've liked a lot of one political party, start liking stuff contrary to that," Cronin said. 

Because it's a lot harder to sell your information, if the cyberspace doesn't know where you stand. 

If you go into settings and click on Apps, you can see which third party apps are connected to your Facebook that look at your personal information, such as relationship status, photos and political views.

 You can remove those apps. We've got directions for you here

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