Should You Use Facebook to Login to Websites?

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Have you ever used Facebook to sign onto another site? Many of us do this pretty blindly simply because it is very convenient. But, this convenience could come at a cost.

You know the drill. You go to a website and it says “Log In With Facebook.” or Google. Usually, it just takes a couple of clicks and no logging in with other usernames or passwords. However, when you do this, Facebook essentially becomes your online identity. This means that anyone who knows these credentials have access to your preferences, posts, and most importantly, your personal information. What’s more is that you might be unknowingly giving permission to a third party to access your profile, view your online activities, and get information about your friends.

What Can You Do About It?

There are some things that you can do to keep yourself safe. First, of course, you should have a different username and password for all accounts. Make sure your passwords are strong and consider using a password manager. This helps to create strong passwords and keeps them safe for you.

If you play games, do quizzes, or other things on a social media platform, make sure that only necessary apps are connected. Stop connecting other apps.

You should also take some time to look at the settings you have set up for your social media accounts. Adjust them to make sure you are protected. Finally, make sure that you are logging out of your social media account when you are done with it. If you log into your social media account on your tablet or mobile phone, make sure that the lock screen is on before putting it away. Also, of course, make sure that you have a strong passcode on your device.

Control Your Data

Now is the time to take control of your data. When you choose to use a social media site to link with third-party services, apps, and sites, the social sites say that it will enhance your experience for the better. It also can make your online time more productive. At the same time, however, it can open you up to exposure, and even be an open door for hackers. It is important to understand what type of permission you are giving these apps when you click “Log in with Facebook.” Finally, if you are a parent, you should make sure that you understand what your kids are doing on social media, and take a look at what type of permission your kids have given to third-parties.

Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of Identity Theft Privacy: Security Protection and Fraud Prevention: Your Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Computer Fraud. See him knock’em dead in this Security Awareness Training video.


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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Robert - I would never log in to another account with Facebook.

Oct 23, 2018 07:47 AM #1
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

This is good info to know Robert Siciliano .

Oct 23, 2018 07:49 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Robert- I don't do it  but it's easy to see why so many's a lot easier than having to remember different passwords. 

Oct 23, 2018 07:21 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Robert- I did it years ago for a few accounts until it dawned on me that this was not a good idea. It's a lot easier to just use a Facebook Log-in but you're absolutely right. 

Oct 23, 2018 07:22 PM #4
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

The more I know about Facebook, the scarier I think it is.

Oct 23, 2018 08:39 PM #5
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Thanks for the reminder.  You are so correct, I did not think about the access I was permitting.  Thanks

Oct 23, 2018 10:22 PM #6
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

Sounds like I need to start going through my list and update all my passwords! Great reminder

Oct 24, 2018 06:51 AM #7
Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

Robert, excellent post. Thanks for your time on this matter.

Oct 24, 2018 07:25 AM #8
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Robert, how easily we are seduced into giving over our information.  When a little box comes up that says we agree to let whoever it is signing in for us all of our private data you know you are being set up for potential disaster.  Thanks for pointing this out.

Oct 24, 2018 08:33 AM #9
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Robert Siciliano,

I'm so glad to see this post featured! You are exactly right and so many because its easier to log in with Facebook have no idea what data they are giving up when they do!

Oct 27, 2018 02:11 PM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Robert

As always you have handed us some great tips on staying safe online. I NEVER log in using Facebook or Google.


Oct 27, 2018 04:24 PM #11
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I don't ever recall seeing "do you want to log in with facebook" on anything.

Oct 27, 2018 08:37 PM #12
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

They make it look so easy People are just sucked right in to it.

For some reason I have never done that. But i still deny access to all of them about my location too. too Big Brither for me. 

I have to reblog your post. It is very good information for all

Oct 28, 2018 12:05 AM #13
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Robert - thank you - I am lazy and often log in with Facebook. WILL STOP IMMEDIATELY!

Oct 28, 2018 02:20 PM #14
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Convenience always seems to win out but it's good to be reminded to be careful.

Oct 28, 2018 02:40 PM #15
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Thanks for sharing this Robert Siciliano. Not being a 'fan' of facebook at all, I don't log in using it (or anything else but a separate login/pw). I was never sure if it was necessary and thank you for confirming that IT IS!

I use Keeper to store my passwords - a must with so many now...

Oct 28, 2018 07:16 PM #16
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

So glad this was featured Robert Siciliano  great information

Oct 29, 2018 10:35 AM #17
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So very important to be mindful of using FB to log into apps as you mention.  All too often we take the short cut and open ourselves up for liability!

Oct 29, 2018 03:16 PM #18
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
California Homes for Sale in the East Bay

privacy is very important! Which is why i don't even want to put specific information about my background on Facebook's "About me" section. It gets shared to the world regardless...

Oct 30, 2018 02:35 PM #19
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I have never trusted FB to have my best interests in mind.

Nov 21, 2018 11:27 PM #20
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