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]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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These Are America's 20 Happiest States

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Natalya Zaritskaya, Unsplash

Personal happiness is subjective, but there are many factors that contribute to someone's well-being. Income, sleep habits, and work-life balance are a few examples. By gauging how these factors affect people across the country, WalletHub was able to put together a map ranking the happiest states in the U.S. in 2020.

To compile the list below, the personal finance website determined how all 50 states performed in three categories: emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community and environment. These three labels cover more than 30 specific criteria, including divorce rates, unemployment rates, adequate sleep levels, and average work hours.

Hawaii tops the list, earning a total score of 69.58 out of a possible 100. It ranks second in emotional and physical well-being and third in community and environment. Just behind The Aloha State is Utah, which beats out all other states when it comes to work environment. Minnesota, New Jersey, and Maryland round out the top five. You can read the full list of America's 20 happiest states below.

Judging happiness levels by state is just one way to view the country's mental health. For an even more localized snapshot of happiness across the U.S., check out the country's happiest cities.

  1. Hawaii
  2. Utah
  3. Minnesota
  4. New Jersey
  5. Maryland
  6. California
  7. North Dakota
  8. Iowa
  9. Idaho
  10. Connecticut
  11. Nebraska
  12. South Dakota
  13. Massachusetts
  14. Virginia
  15. Washington
  16. Vermont
  17. New York
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Nevada
  20. Arizona