How to create an anonymous Facebook profile step by step

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Facebook is the most problematic social network in terms of privacy and user safety. To cite just one case, in September 2019 it was revealed that Mark Zuckerberg's company was storing more than 400 million unsecured phone numbers.

Despite advances in privacy on the social network, logging in with your personal data can still pose a significant risk, a danger that can be avoided if you use an anonymous profile. Next, we explain step by step how to create one to use Facebook without it knowing your private information.



How to create an anonymous Facebook profile step by step

1º- Get a new email or phone number

To register with a new account on Facebook you must enter your email or your phone number. When you want the new profile to be completely anonymous, you need to get an email account or a phone number that does not contain any of your personal information.

To do this, you can create your new email account or phone number from 0 (always making sure not to enter your data), or you can use some of the apps available in the Play Store that they temporarily provide you with emails and numbers. In our case we opted for Temp Mail to get an anonymous mail account, being able to receive emails sent by Facebook within the app itself.

This way you will get the personal address you need to register on Facebook without compromising your personal data. If you decide to do this by phone number, you can get some temporary ones with applications like Hushed or Burner, which work in a similar way to Temp Mail.


2º- Isolate the official Facebook application

Even if you refuse the permissions of the Facebook application, it can find new ways to access your calls or your location, for example. To prevent this from happening, since you want to have a 100% anonymous profile, you have to isolate the official Facebook app from the data on your phone using the Island app, with early access in the Play Store.


After downloading this app, open it and accept the different windows that will appear to access the main menu of Island. To isolate the Facebook app, you first need to make sure you have it installed on your phone. Therefore, enter Mainland -in the lower left corner of the screen-, select Facebook and click the square button with the + that will appear in the lower right corner for Mainland to install the cloned Facebook app.

If you go to the application menu of your mobile, you will now see that you have an isolated space where you can see the cloned Facebook app, recognizable by the icon of a briefcase. When you confirm that it exists, you can delete the official Facebook app and keep only the cloned one, isolated from your personal data.

3º- Install a VPN

The next step to having an anonymous Facebook profile is to install a VPN - virtual private network - on your phone like CyberGhost, one of the best VPN services today. Despite disabling access to your location, the social network app can still track your location, so it's best to use one of these virtual private networks to protect your position.


For the realization of our anonymous profile we used VyprVPN, one of the many applications of this style available in the Play Store. Once you've downloaded and opened the app, go to Customize> Connect by app> Facebook for allow the VPN to work with that application.

4th - Disable Facebook location

If you haven't already, proceed to disable Facebook Location History, which saves any locations you've used Mark Zuckerberg's social platform from - whose privacy is worth more than $ 20 million -. You can do this from the app or the web version of Facebook by going to Settings> Location. Also, you can confirm that you have disabled location permissions on your phone from Settings> Applications> Facebook> Permissions.


5º- Create your new Facebook account

After the previous steps, it's time to finally create that anonymous Facebook account that will allow you to be present on the social network without compromising your privacy. Go to Facebook.com and select "Create new account" to enter your name and date of birth (better than the real ones) and configure a login password.

Next, you will have to decide whether to register that new profile with your email account or your phone number, we have already seen that both can be temporary so as not to put your data at risk. Whichever method you choose, you will receive a message with the code you will need to enter on Facebook to confirm the creation of the new account. Also, select the "Register without uploading contacts" option to not share this information with the service.


6º- Configure the privacy of your Facebook profile

After logging into Facebook with the account you just registered, it is better to enter the app to configure your privacy well, since the default settings do not protect it 100%. To do this, pay particular attention to privacy shortcuts, tools that give you great control of your presence on the social network.

7º- Block hidden Facebook permissions

Yes, completely blocking Facebook permissions is as boring as it sounds, as, as mentioned above, the app uses different methods to access your precious personal information. Therefore, and as a final step, you can choose to block the hidden permits to plant all the barriers mentioned you need in front of the company.


Blocking these hidden logins isn't easy, as it is necessary run the root or use ADB commands to do this via the App Ops application. This tool allows you to control those settings that are missing from Android, in a general way or for a specific application, which you should do with Facebook, denying it all permissions.

After these 7 steps, you will have created a completely anonymous Facebook profile and you will have blocked all permissions of the social network app, so you can be sure that it will not be able to access your personal data. Thus, you can use the platform knowing that your privacy is not at stake, which Facebook does not bother to violate.

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