On that note, have you noticed that the ads on Facebook tend to be directed toward you? You are not imagining things, this is actually something that is tailored for you. In an excerpt from their Facebook policy it states, “We occasionally pair advertisements we serve with relevant information we have about you and your friends to make advertisements more interesting and more tailored to you and your friends.” This is definitely a little concerning, but there are many ways to limit this ad tracking, you can go to Digital Advertising Alliance, but you will first need to disable cookies and/or ad blocker. Once you click on the Digital Advertising Alliance, you can click on the “Companies Customizing Ads for Your Browser,” then scroll down until you see Facebook and click on it. This will prevent ads from being tailored toward your social media trends. If you want more information about how to protect your identity on social media platforms, message me and I will help you protect yourself as much as possible.
Here is one last thing that I can help you with to check to see if someone else is using your Facebook pictures (or any pictures that have been posted to the internet) and if anyone of your pictures is visible to the public. First you need a picture(s) and either Google Image Search or Tineye open. Right click on your picture from Facebook or other social media platforms and click “Copy image URL” (Google) or “Copy link location” (Firefox). The last step is to open Google image search and look for the camera icon on the search bar, click it, and paste your picture URL in the space and hit enter. In addition, it is important to note that you may want to click on “All sizes” as this will widen the search for your pictures.
I did this and found some high school boy was using my picture as his Facebook profile picture. This is a very effective tool to protect you, as well as deterring fraud.