A few days ago I had no clue what a minor headache a Spotify Facebook login could cause until it happened to me.
I had my Facebook deactivated for a long time now and having downloaded Spotify to my Android device, I then tried to recall my Spotify login credentials. I knew I had signed up for Spotify with an e-mail address and not via other social media accounts but I was drawing a blank. I had Spotify installed on my iPhone 6 Plus before and the latter doesn’t seem to automatically log me out of mobile apps unless I was resetting the network settings or some other. After having installed it on Android and trying to return to whatever it was that I was multi-tasking with, I didn’t realise I had literally clicked on the button for log in with Facebook. I was seriously pissed with myself, not to mention the multi-tasking part may have rose my cortisol levels.
I frowned at the e-mail notification that suddenly came up on my phone. It was Facebook welcoming me back. Ughhhh. That’s when I knew I had made a mistake. By accidentally logging in with Facebook on Spotify mobile app, I had activated my defunct Facebook account.
From there on I had to deal with the drudgery of uploading a valid ID or contacting my Facebook friends because Facebook apparently had to lock me out. I followed the instructions but the ID photo wasn’t clear enough for them, I got fed up and just let it be. I needed to log back in so I could deactivate it again.
Earlier today, I tried to log back in to my old Facebook account and the security check it required this time was to supply my birth date. Easy peasy. Why didn’t they ask me that the first time? Unbelievable. I know, I know. It’s because it’s easier to supply a birth date of a stranger and unauthorized access could be had. Yes, I was finally able to deactivate my account.
The lesson here is knowing which mobile apps you have connected to your Facebook account, especially if you plan to deactivate it. Signing in using your social media credentials might not be a good idea and mobile app registration via an e-mail account would be an outstanding alternative.