Why ‘Sign-in’ With Facebook Account Isn't A Good Choice?
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Why 'Sign-in' With A Facebook Account Isn't A Good Choice?

Don't let the other websites and apps to access your personal data

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September 08, 2018 12:06 PM
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Facebook, the social media giant, is now an individual platform having millions of users across the globe. However, the recent data leaking accusations have downgraded the platform’s popularity and trust among the users. If after the recent events of revealing the data breach from the Facebook database make you don't trust the platform then it is obvious. The other important aspect that we have overlooked many times is signing up on other websites using the Facebook login. Most of the apps or websites offer a simple way to sign up by offering the Facebook login. With this option, your Facebook profile is revealed to the host and increases the chances of data leakage.

Why Sign-in with Facebook?

Whether it's another social media app or any media website everyone relies on Facebook sign-in option. But, why need it in the first place, the answer is simple, users don't want to tangle into the mess of too many user ID and passwords. While signing up into a new portal, we feel much comfortable in using our Facebook profile instead of going through the whole profile creation process. Moreover setting up the new password is a real effort-taking task, where using the same old password could put your data security in jeopardy and making a new password would be too much to remember. Using the Facebook log in seems to be the best way to ditch all these problems with a single click. However, your Facebook password is secured with the two-factor authentication, and it won't be accessed by other websites using your profile as a login option.

Why shouldn't you use Facebook login?

Most of the users preferred to rely on their Facebook for sign-in nowadays. This puts their data privacy on risk as with this step they are allowing a particular website to get a few details about their Facebook profile. However, for now, Facebook only shares your profile name, email id and small profile details with other websites. According to a customer-management firm, in the fourth quarter of 2015 Facebook-owned almost 68% of the social-login market.

Maybe Facebook only reveals very little information about your profile, but that can be utilized further to harm your privacy. Moreover, with the data leak incident in the case of Cambridge Analytica, we have learned that there is no harm in assuring our own safety. Although earlier this year Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has announced changes in the privacy policy of the social media portal. As a result of the Cambridge Analytica controversy, Facebook has made the approval process for other websites to access the users' data more tighter and inevitable.

In case you want to know what information of your Facebook profile is visible to other portals you can view it by browsing through the settings. In Android and iOS, you need to click on the three line do and navigate to the ‘App Settings.’ Now, choose the Apps and websites ‘Logged in with Facebook, ’ and you will get the list of the apps and websites used Facebook log-in. You can click or tap each of the listed names to know how much access it has in your profile.

What else can you do?

In our opinion using the Facebook login with other websites isn't a good choice, you should look out for the alternatives. There two other options you can select from instead of revealing your Facebook data are better singing in methods. The first one is using the other social login option like Gmail, Twitter or Linkedin. The second options is a bit complicated but worth trying, the password management tools like Dashlane. With the help of a tool, you won't need to bear the load of too many passwords or compromise with your Facebook account.

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Akash Singh Chauhan
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Akash Singh Chauhan

Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.

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