If you’ve turned on Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for Facebook and are not using an Authenticator app for notifications, then you probably gave Facebook your phone number. Unfortunately, we learned from the news this week that Facebook was using that telephone number to target us with ads.
I didn’t like the idea that the phone number that I was using for an extra layer of security on my Facebook account was being used to serve me up ads so I decided to completely remove my phone number from Facebook. If you’d rather not allow Facebook to target ads to your phone number, you might want to remove it from Facebook, following the steps outlined below.
To Remove Your Telephone Number from Facebook:
- Log onto Facebook from your Web Browser.
- Click the disclosure triangle on the top-right corner of the Facebook window and then click Settings.
- Click “Your Facebook Information” in the left pane.
- Click View to the right of Access Your Information.
- Scroll down and then click Profile Information.
- Click Your Contact Information.
- Move your mouse pointer over your phone number until the Edit link appears. Click the Edit link.
- Click Remove. Click Remove again.
- Enter in your password when prompted and then click Submit.
Removing your number from Facebook should also turn off Two-Factor Authentication if you have it enabled — at least it did for me. You may wish to log on to ensure that your phone number was in fact removed from 2FA.
You can always turn Two-Factor Authentication back on but rather than using a phone number, use an Authenticator app such as Google Authenticator.
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