I'm not the most tech-savvy person around.
So when I heard the recent news stories about Facebook and a company called Camridge Analytica, I didn't pay much attention.
But that was a mistake, because this story points out risks that anyone using Facebook should know.
Already, millions of people have had their private information harvested because they didn't know how to protect their Facebook accounts.
Don't make the same mistake I did.
This story began with what seemed like a harmless Facebook app.
More than 270,000 people signed up for "thisisyourdigitallife," an app by Cambridge University that paid users to take personality tests.
In exchange for the money, the app collected details about its users, including their addresses and phone numbers.
But fine print in the app's user agreement also let it collect data from the user's Facebook friends.
Soon, it had collected over 50 million Facebook profiles.
Then, that data was bought by a voter-profiling company called Cambridge Analytica.
It Could Happen To You
The Cambridge Analytica story revealed something obvious that most Facebook users overlook: the site collect a lot of private data about you.
If you're not careful, there's no telling who could get their hands on that data, or how they could use it.
To keep your Facebook profile safe, there are 5 simple precautions you should take.