Between the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the revelation that Facebook logs into your calls and text history on Android, many are considering joining the # DeleteFacebook movement. But it can be difficult to leave the site, because so much content is only available to active users. If you want to keep the loop without sacrificing your privacy, you will follow the steps below.
Let's first get this: Nothing on the internet is really private. All of us who sign up for Facebook should know that every friend we do, event we accept, and the image we see is logged and tracked by the company. However, there are steps we can take when we create a new profile that can seriously limit the information that Facebook has access to. In fact, besides your business on the site, Facebook will not see any of your personal information.
Step 1: Creating a Burner Email or Phone Number
Only if you really want to use Facebook from the web, you must sign up with an email account or phone number that is only used for your new profile . If you use a pre-existing email account or phone number, your messages, search history, connected apps, and more can be fair games for Facebook and its advertisers. The best practice here? Start from the beggining.
For a "burner" message, you can go through it in some ways. First, you can sign up for a new email account and just use it to create your anonymous Facebook profile. You can choose which e-mail service suits you best – it is important that you only use it for your new Facebook account.
However, the safer method is to utilize the Temp Email app. This app creates a temporary email address that is not linked to you or your personal information. With this app, you will receive some emails sent to this email address, such as any account verification or verification codes. And when you don't need it, you can "change", essentially get rid of email forever.
Because Facebook lets you register in a phone number, if you decide on an email address for the burner is too much trouble, you can always create a burn number. Like the email, this is a false temporary number that allows you to register and use Facebook while protecting your data.
There are several excellent choices on both the Play Store and the App Store that we have already reviewed. In our testing we found Hushed ( Android | iOS) offering the best features for a burner number, but in the event of remaining anonymous, some of the programs on our list will do.
When you create a Facebook account on your Android device, Facebook will capture as much information as it can access. We already learned that Facebook found a way to still gain access to call history without warning the user and without requiring an authorization dialog . That's why you protect yourself, you should completely isolate the Facebook app from your data. You can do this using an app that utilizes Android's managed profile feature.
Iceland is an early access app that creates a sandbox environment where you can clone apps and isolate them from your data. While it cannot eliminate all data leakage (specifically, unified data such as SMS and IMEI), it does not prohibit apps from accessing information such as your call logs, contacts, and photos.
So first download Iceland from the Play Store. Open the app and select "Accept" and "Accept & Continue" on the next page. A new page will appear showing that Iceland creates a work profile. This is the sandbox environment.
When finished, the main page will appear, which will contain some apps that are already installed in the sandbox environment. To move Facebook to this environment, first make sure it is installed on your phone as a regular app, then select the Mainland tab at the bottom of the island's main menu.
Now choose the Facebook app and right over the navigation buttons, select the crossed box. This prompts you to let Iceland install the app. Select "Settings" and enable the switch to enable the installation of the cloned app in the sandbox environment. When you're done, return to the tab Iceland to see the Facebook app. You will also have two versions of the app in your appbox, the regular app and one with a suitcase icon on top of it (the cloned app).