If You've Ever Connected to an App Through Facebook, It Has Access to Your Data. Here's How to Change That

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Facebook has never had a stellar reputation when it comes to privacy, but the social media giant's latest scandal involving mishandling of personal data may be the final straw for many users. Reassessing your relationship with the website can be an overwhelming process. If you're not ready to cut ties completely, you can start by limiting the information third-party apps have access to.

As ABC News highlights, you can manage your app settings on Facebook by clicking the down arrow in the top right corner of your profile on desktop and clicking on "Settings." On mobile, you can get there by hitting the icon with three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner of the page.

Once you've reached the "General Account Settings" section, go to "Apps." This will show you every third-party app you've connected to through Facebook, including games, shopping sites, and quizzes. I don't consider myself an active app user, but according to my Settings page I've given 134 apps access to my Facebook data since joining the site, many of which I have no memory of.

The apps on this list can see your friends list and any other information you choose to make public. To limit the access of a certain app, click on the pencil icon ("Edit Settings") beside the name. From here you can choose what personal information you want to provide them and what to keep hidden. If you want to block its access altogether, click on the "X" icon to remove it.

Cleaning out those third-party apps is just one step you can take toward making your Facebook data more private. If you want to take the process even further, here's how to check which advertisers have your information and how to limit their access.

[h/t ABC News]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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This Outdoor Lantern Will Keep Mosquitoes Away—No Bug Spray Necessary

Thermacell, Amazon
Thermacell, Amazon

With summer comes outdoor activities, and with those activities come mosquito bites. If you're one of the unlucky people who seem to attract the insects, you may be tempted to lock yourself inside for the rest of the season. But you don't have to choose between comfort and having a cocktail on the porch, because this lamp from Thermacell ($25) keeps outdoor spaces mosquito-free without the mess of bug spray.

The device looks like an ordinary lantern you would display on a patio, but it works like bug repellent. When it's turned on, a fuel cartridge in the center provides the heat needed to activate a repellent mat on top of the lamp. Once activated, the repellent in the mat creates a 15-by-15-foot bubble of protection that repels any mosquitos nearby, making it a great option for camping trips, days by the pool, and backyard barbecues.

Mosquito repellent lantern.

Unlike some other mosquito repellents, this lantern is clean, safe, and scent-free. It also provides light like a real lamp, so you can keep pests away without ruining your backyard's ambience.

The Thermacell mosquito repellent lantern is now available on Amazon. If you've already suffered your first mosquito bites of the summer, here's some insight into why that itch can be so excruciating.

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