With everything you hear about – the online world can be a little frightening. From major hacking events to the distribution of personal data, online users are becoming more and more concerned about their private information. Although Facebook may seem harmless, there are ways of people gaining insight through your profile and associated information.
If you haven’t already, it’s important to strengthen and tighten up your privacy settings. With a few adjustments, you could essentially make your profile more secure. Once you understand the settings available to you, you can actively protect yourself and choose who has access to your information.
- Modify your friend lists – Have you ever wished you could separate your family members from your friends? Well, you can – all you need to do is create friend lists. Although you may think this would be time consuming, it’s well-worth the effort. It’s a great way to separate your professional and personal life, assigning privacy settings to each list. Simply go to your friends, then assign each person using the drop down menu to the right of their name.
- Manage applications – This will help you limit the amount of information that is sent to advertisers, apps, and search engines. In your settings, click on Apps to address your concerns. If there are apps in which you no longer use, delete them.
- Facebook search results – If you do not want people to be able to search for you on Facebook, no problem. There are many people who do not want to receive requests from strangers. Within your settings, go to privacy, and then adjust the ‘who can look me up’ section. There are two options – people can look you up by email address or by your phone number. You have the option of anyone, friends of friends, and just your friends.
- Who can see your posts – There’s a reason you choose your friends on Facebook – they are people you want to connect with. It’s recommended that you change your settings so that your posts are not public. This is found within your privacy settings.
- Limit your connection to search engines – If you don’t want anyone with an Internet connection to be able to track you down, adjust your search engine settings. At the bottom of your privacy panel, you’ll see the option to turn off other search engines when linking to your timeline.
- Change who can see posts you’re tagged in – If you want to control who sees posts and photos you’ve been tagged in, simply go to Settings – then Timeline and Tagging. From the drop-down menu, choose your desired audience. You also have the option to review and approve these tagged posts before they show on your timeline.
- Perform a privacy checkup – If you want to review and adjust your current settings, click the little lock to the left of the drop-down menu where your settings are found. Click Privacy Checkup and learn more about who sees your posts and your settings.
- Hide or remove stories – You can use your activity log to remove certain activity. On your profile, go to your activity log and make adjustments. Simply click on the edit button to delete. Keep in mind, certain posts and stories may still be visible to the audience they’re shared with.
- Don’t allow posts on your timeline – Perhaps you only want your friends to privately message you and not leave posts on your timeline. If so, navigate to your settings and then click Timeline and Tagging. Change ‘who can post on your timeline’ to Only Me.
- Block someone – If there’s someone bothering you, click the lock at the top right of Facebook, then select ‘how do I stop someone from bothering me.’ Enter their name and click block. They will not be notified that they’ve been blocked. If their name doesn’t appear, go directly to their profile to block them.
- Know when someone is trying to access your account – If someone is trying to login to your account, you can be notified. Go into your settings, then click Security. The first option listed is Login Notifications – choose to be notified either by email or a text.