How To Stop Facebook From Sharing Your Phone Number With Strangers

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Facebook just told Congress it will soon allow third-party applications to access users’ phone numbers and home addresses – when given permission.

That’s a little bit scary if you’re the kind of – ahem, normal – person who doesn’t like the idea of strangers handling your private contact details.

This a sensible stance, considering how, just back in October, the WSJ busted some Facebook apps for improperly sharing user-information with advertisers.

The super easy solution is to just delete your phone number from Facebook.

But having your phone number and address on Facebook is actually kind of nice. I like to have my contact info there so people I haven’t heard from in a while can call me, send me letters, or wedding invitations without having to ask for the right information.

So what are you supposed to do?

The easiest measure to take is to delete your phone number from your profile.

Start deleting your contact info.

But what if you want your friends to be able to find your phone number, just not strangers? Do this…

Unfortunatly, you can't yet tell Facebook you want to keep your phone number out of all third-party hands

Now you have to do those sames steps for every app.

Now let's make sure your are only sharing your phone number with friends

Congratulations! Your phone number is now safe from strangers

Confused why Facebook would allow third-parties access to your info in the first place?

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