One of the most popular things that computer users are seeing today is the ability to use their Facebook login credentials to create an account on other websites. Many users are wondering whether or not this is a safe option. There are several benefits and disadvantages to using your Facebook login credentials to set up an account with another website.
First, the idea of using your social media account details to set up other accounts comes from the desire to make it easier for users to set up accounts on new websites. Each day millions of users are using this option to set up their new accounts because it is quick and saves all of the time of having to verify their email address and other follow up that is often required. The downfall of the users is that when you choose to use your Facebook credentials to log into another account, you are giving Facebook permission to track everything you do on that website.
Internet privacy has been on the decline for the last decade. Websites track everything that users do as part of their statistics to grow their businesses but this information can also be used by third parties to track internet usage and the types of sites a person visits. When you choose to use your Facebook information to login, you are also sharing your personal information from your Facebook account with the other website. The more connections that are made through third party companies, the easier it is for someone to steal your information and use it to their advantage.
Facebook utilizes high end security throughout their website, however, this does not mean that they can control everything and everyone from misusing your information. In addition to accessing your information, the third party websites that you grand privileges to will also be able to post updates on your wall on your behalf. For example, if you have authorized Netflix to access your Facebook information, every time you watch a movie or television show, it may post what you are doing on your account. While this seems like no big deal, it means that everyone of your friends can track what you are doing on the internet at any given time. In the end, it is a sheer privacy concern for most users.
You can use your Facebook credentials to set up an account with a third party website and then choose to not allow the company to post on your Facebook account. Most website such as Pinterest or Twitter, allow users to choose whether or not they want their tasks posted through their social media websites. To be safe, it is better to set up a new account using your own username and password with each website you access. While the option to use your social media account information seems beneficial, it can actually be a headache for any of those users who are trying to keep their privacy while using the internet.