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Keep Facebook at Bay

Published in: TrialBalance | #63

The recent scandal revealing Facebook information has been shared without the knowledge of users, has highlighted the need to review data privacy. It’s been revealed that third parties have had access to information about almost everything we do in our everyday lives. Most of us have allowed it to happen because we haven’t changed the default settings in Facebook. So, here’s some advice that will keep most of your information private to you only. *

Go to Facebook’s Settings. It’s a good idea to review all the tabs and make appropriate changes. The Privacy tab is the biggie here. It’s where you can limit who sees your Facebook information, such as your posts, photos, email address and phone number. If it’s only friends who you want to see your information, change the list in “Your activity” and “How people can find and contact you” to “Only friends”.

Make sure you click “Limit” for the audience for past posts and select “No” for the setting “Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile?”. Don’t use Facebook to log in to another service or application. It makes login simple, but by doing so you’re giving both Facebook and the third-party service access to your data. Use a separate password unique to that service. In Facebook’s Settings is a link “Apps and websites”. This shows the apps and websites you’ve logged into using Facebook.

Delete any or all.

And finally, turn off your location setting on your mobile device (usually Settings > Privacy > Location Services). This will stop Facebook and other apps knowing where you are – and where you’ve been. You might have to put up with some of your apps asking you to turn it on again to use them (though why using the Lotto app to check a ticket requires Location

Services seems odd). After all this, you have to remember that Facebook will still keep track of all your Facebook activity, including what ads you click on, what you “Like” and what you read. · If you’re managing a business page on Facebook, consider carefully any changes you make. You will probably want as many people as you can to see your information.

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McDonald Vague Limited

Our experience in business turnaround, restructuring and insolvency has helped many New Zealand companies through periods of growth and change, as well as difficult times.

We advise underperforming businesses how to protect their financial future and find stability through a range of turnaround services including independent accounting reviews, raising finance and divestment.

Region: Auckland

Phone: 0800 30 30 34

Accounting HQ Limited

Accounting HQ Limited is a client focussed chartered accounting firm. We believe in supporting our clients in all their financial matters and although we are a small friendly local firm we do offer a full range of accounting services for all requirements.
Accounting HQ Limited Chartered Accountants (CA) came from the merger of the Iles Casey Partnership, Farquhar Accountants Limited and Graeme Lee & Associates Limited, Chartered Accountant practices.

Region: Bay of Plenty

Phone: 07 348 7066

Duns Limited


Founded in 1980 and based in Christchurch, we offer a complete service with industry expertise in Property Investment and Development, Construction and Trades, Professional Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Retail, Motor Vehicles Dealers and Services and Transport and Logistics.

Region: Canterbury

Phone: 03 365 0768

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NZ CA Limited

Region: Hawke's Bay

Phone: 06 835 5299

Naylor Lawrence

Region: Manawatu/Wanganui

Phone: 06 357 0640

Wallace Diack Chartered Accountants Ltd

Region: Nelson/Marlborough

Phone: (03) 578 7389

Whitelaw Weber Limited

Whitelaw Weber is the largest business advisory and accountancy firm in New Zealand's Far North. They have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of businesses and families for more years than they care to remember.

They have a large team of accountants and business specialists based in offices in Kaikohe, Kaitaia and Kerikeri. Their expert hubs consist of the following;

  • Technology, systems and processes
  • Business consultancy and marketing
  • Financial and investment planning
  • Compliance and administration

Region: Northland

Phone: (09) 407 7117

G S McLauchlan & Co

GSM is a Dunedin based Business Advisory and Chartered Accountancy practice founded in 1957. 

GSM pride themselves on our specialist knowledge, our ability to keep fresh in today's ever changing environment

Region: Otago

Phone: 03 477 8192

McIntyre Dick & Partners Limited

McIntyre Dick & Partners Ltd is one of the top chartered accountancy and business advisory firms in Invercargill and with a diverse portfolio of clients throughout the south including Invercargill, Te Anau, Gore, Queenstown, Dunedin & throughout Otago.

Region: Southland

Phone: 03 211 0801

Harris Taylor Limited

The Accountancy world is constantly changing and highly competitive. At Harris Taylor their challenge is to stay ahead of the competition by providing the best possible service, whilst ensuring that client satisfaction remains our primary motivation and ultimate goal.

Region: Taranaki

Phone: 06 278 5058

Vazey Child Limited


The first thing you will notice when you work with Vazey Child is their approach. It is in the analysis and advice, the understanding of your business and a focus on adding value that is where they excel. It’s why they exist, and it’s why their clients enjoy working with them.

Region: Waikato

Phone: (07) 838 2169

Southey Sayer

Offering a full range of accounting and business development services, tailored to meet the needs of each individual client. The wide range of expertise and experience within the firm is shared amongst the partners and their teams for their clients benefit. Services and products offered are fully flexible there will be no expectation to conform to a certain product or pricing structure.

Region: Wairarapa

Phone: (06) 370 0811

Gambitsis Crombie Limited

Gambitsis Crombie can trace its history back to 1966. Over the years it has undergone several name changes and based itself at several locations around the Hutt Valley. With all the changes over the space of forty plus years Gambitsis Crombie has always retained the fundamental principles of honesty and integrity.

Region: Wellington

Phone: 04 939 1975

Marshall & Heaphy Limited

Central to the culture of the team that has been developed over their history, is the belief that successful and sustainable businesses are the backbone for the West Coast community. Great businesses create jobs, keeping people and family together on the Coast, building a sustainable community.

Region: West Coast

Phone: 03 768 7186