So, you know Facebook, right?
That social media which surface a long time ago and most of us would have to go to an internet café to sign up. Haaa, those times.
Well, unless you’ve been leaving in a cave without internet, you may have seen a few of the news or blog regarding the security issues with using Facebook.
Apart from getting your account hacked by third parties who sometimes post nudes and weird stuff on your wall, others have been losing money. Yeah, money.
Anytime you open up the app or website and scroll through feeds for a while, you’re prompted by an Ad or Advertisement. Companies or individuals pay Facebook to run these ads for them on their platform. I know, I know, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this, but that’s my worry now.
I, at some point wanted to run ads for my Instagram account. So, I could book more photography/graphic design works. And to do this, I had to add my bank account details, preferably, VISA or Master Card. And since Facebook owns Instagram, everything had to be done through Facebook’s system. That’s how Facebook accepts payment for running those ads.
Still no problem here, right? Well, here is my problem. After adding my details and running the ad for while I wanted to remove my card details cos, I didn’t feel too secure having such details on the internet, especially on Facebook which has a lot of security issues even up to date.
And to do this, I opened up the Facebook app and then went to settings. In there, you should see, Ads Payment. And as you can clearly see here, I have a VISA card entered. Now to remove it, you tap on the card and choose whether to Edit or Remove. I chose to remove. And from the 2nd screen, I tapped Removed again. And that’s all. No, wait. Facebook doesn’t allow you to remove your card. No matter how many times you try. If that’s the case, then let’s edit the Card with some fake info, right? That way, transactions can’t go through cos the details are not right. I tried, didn’t work. Apparently, Facebook verifies the new card details before even allowing you to proceed. haaaaaaa
Alright then, perhaps, it’s cos I’m using the mobile app, you say?
Well, I tried on the website and I got the same feedback.
Long story short, if for some reason you need to make payment via the internet, get a separate bank account and VISA or Master card for that. The account I have which I use for online payment and purchases is one I hardly have any money on. I have like GHc 50 or so in there. So, if I have to make an online purchase, then I transfer money to that account and buy whatever it is, right there and then.
That way, if anyone should stumble on my card online or physically, among my stuff, they basically can’t but anything with it.