Assuming you are on Facebook, you probably already know that by putting a link in the private messages' textfield, the system will automatically try to grab the contents from the link. And for links that are sent to you in private messages, you can check this by right clicking on a link and it will add their own URL
in front of it, seen in the status bar.
Now I understand why Facebook is scraping/tracking this on wall posts assuming that it helps with their system's algorithm bringing relevant posts to your News Feed of what's popular. But why are they doing this in my private
I know it's convenient for Facebook users to use the private message feature like email because they are already logged in, but I get paranoid when the link is personal/family related or when it's business-related. And I have no choice but to message some contacts through Facebook because they have their email addresses hidden on their profiles. Besides using trick.ly
to password-protect the link (and SMS texting the password to the recipient), what else can I do to make my messages and links more private and safer on Facebook?