How to Disable Other Websites from Accessing Your Facebook Profile (aka Instant Personalization)


Facebook is committed to enhancing the social experience online, which is currently helping many local businesses. Therefore, they have teamed up with partner websites like Pandora, Yelp and Microsoft Docs to share what you are doing on those websites with your friends on Facebook. They call this "Instant Personalization". When Facebook rolled this out, they automatically included your account to be accepting of this, so have set your account to an "opt-in" mode.

Facebook explains that in order to share this information, you would need to click on a Like button on the partner website. However, as pointed out by Mashable, the tool is on by default, so if you don't click a "No Thanks" button, the information you transmitted over that partner site will be shared. 

If you want to opt out of or disable Instant Personalization, here's how:

In Facebook, go to Account (top right of your screen)

Click on Privacy Settings.

Click on Applications and Websites

Click on Instant Personalization, then click on Edit Settings box to the right of it.

Uncheck the "Allow" box you'll see on the next screen (pictured below).

Facebook Instant Personalization privacy settings

Facebook points out that if your friends don't do this, they will be sharing information about you. In order to block and disable this, you must block the application of that website on Facebook.

The link will be on the application's business page on Facebook, and will look like this:

Block Application on Facebook for Instant Personalization

You will get this message: "You can prevent Yelp from getting any info about you. This will also prevent you from seeing Yelp if other people have it installed."

Click for Yelp's application

Click for Pandora's application

The ability to share goings-on on Facebook is fun, and it has helped several businesses get the word out. However, the decision is yours on how public you would like to be, so use this article as a tool should you decide to opt-out.