- What information do you just want your Friends to see and what information don’t you mind sharing with the world?
- The new Ticker (a real time activity panel) shows you what your Facebook Friends are up to right now. This has sent alarm bells among my Facebook friends!
- Suddenly you can see the post of complete strangers if your Friend has commented or liked their post.
- The reason you can see THEIR posts is because THEY haven’t set THEIR privacy settings.
So if YOU don’t want to let the world know what YOU are thinking or doing YOU need to set your Privacy Settings Properly.
Here are five Privacy Settings you need know about.
1. Control your Default Privacy
(This is number 1 in the Facebook Privacy Settings see above)
Unless you are a public figure or only use your profile for work related posts, I would highly recommend you select Friends as your default Settings as illustrated above. This means that only people that you have chosen as Friends will be able to see your updates.
You can change the settings for each post,
- so you can still publish to the world or
- limit your post to only certain friends or
- certain lists of people.
If you haven’t created lists yet, why not?
2. How you Connect
(This is number 2 in the Facebook Privacy Settings above)
If you go to Edit Settings on the “How you Connect” option, most of you will see this box. If you have already changed to your Timeline, the word “Timeline” replaces “Profile”.
- My settings are set so that Everyone can find me, but I am very selective about what I display on my Profile (See the Privacy on your Profile).
- I allow anyone to send me a Friend request, but you might want to change it to Friends of Friends if you want to avoid spam requests
- I only allow Friends to message me (I changed this after receiving two marriage proposals from complete strangers!)
- I only allow Friends to post on my wall
- I only allow Friends to see wall posts by others on my wall (Highly recommend this for Privacy on the Ticker)
3. Privacy on your Profile
Go to your Profile and select Edit Profile (top right)
You will see this. Adjust your settings by clicking on the little icons to the right of each piece of information.
N.B. Make sure your year of birth is not visible (any basic security questions ask for your full date of birth, do you want everyone having access to this information?)
Make sure you go through all the options, not just your Basic Information.
4. Photo Privacy
From your Profile go to your Photos
In the top blue bar, select Photos
You can select the Privacy Settings for each album or individual photographs depending how they were uploaded.
You can now opt to allow subscribers.
- Subscribers will only see public posts (not the ones that are only published to Friends)
- Anyone who sends a Friends Request automatically becomes a subscriber
If you want to want to edit your Subscribers list.
Go to Profile and Select Subscribers
You will see a box like this when you click on Edit Settings.
Make any adjustments if you need to.
Please let me know if these five points are as clear as they can be and share this post with your Facebook Friends. Too many people have not changed their basic Privacy Settings from the Facebook Default.