September 26, 2016

Privacy Settings and Safety Tips for Socializing on Facebook

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Privacy Settings + Safety Tips For Facebook

Privacy Settings and Safety Tips for Socializing on Facebook

Please Note: This page is being updated.

In this article we will share a few privacy settings that anyone can use within Facebook so that they’re getting maximum privacy.

Getting Started – Editing Privacy Settings
Editing Album Privacy Settings
Basic Directory Information
Applications, Games and Websites
Editing Application Settings – Recently Used
Editing Your Profile

Getting Started – Editing Privacy Settings
The first thing you’ll want to do after you’ve signed up for a Facebook.com account is edit the privacy settings.

Once you’ve logged into Facebook.com click on “Account.”

Next, click on “Privacy Settings.”

You should now be on the “Choose Your Privacy Settings” page. Underneath the heading “Sharing on Facebook” click on the link “Customize settings.”

On this page you can edit:

Things I share
Things others share
Contact information
Editing Things I share
Under “Things I share” set the following to show to friends only:

Posts by me
Family
Relationships
Interested in and looking for
Bio and favorite quotations
Website
Religious and political views
Birthday

Editing Things Others Share
Under “Things others share” set the following to show to friends only:

Photos and videos I’m tagged in
Can comment on posts
Friends can post on my Wall
Can see Wall posts by friends
If you don’t feel comfortable with the settings suggested above you can always adjust the setting to show to “Only Me.” To change the setting to “Only Me” click on “Custom” and then scroll down and select “Only Me.”

Editing Contact Information
Under “Contact information” set the following to show to friends only:

Mobile phone
Other phone
Address
IM screen name
Your email address

Editing Album Privacy Settings

Under the “Birthday” heading in the privacy settings page, click on the “Edit album privacy” link to edit your album privacy settings. Please note that you can’t edit this setting until you’ve uploaded a profile photo of yourself or uploaded other photos to your Facebook account.

In the privacy photos page, edit the setting to show to “Friends Only.”

Basic Directory Information
To edit your basic directory information privacy settings, go to the main privacy page by clicking on “Account” and selecting the “Privacy Settings” link.

On the main privacy settings page you’ll see the heading “Basic Directory Information” click on the “View settings” link to edit your basic directory information.

The first thing you’ll want to edit is the “Search for me on Facebook” setting.

The next setting you’ll edit is “Send me friend requests.” We suggest you set this to everyone. Remember, you don’t have to confirm everyone.

The next setting you can edit is the “Send me messages” option. You can set this to “Friends Only” if you don’t want just anyone sending you messages.

The next setting you’ll edit is “See my friend list.” If you don’t want your friends to see your friend list, select “Only Me.” Note: select the setting you feel most comfortable with.

The next setting you’ll edit is “See my current city and hometown.” For maximum privacy you can set to “Friends Only.” Note: select the setting you feel most comfortable with.

The next setting you’ll edit is “See my education and work.” For maximum privacy you can select “Friends Only.” Note: select the setting you feel most comfortable with.

The next setting you’ll edit is “See my interest and other pages.” For maximum privacy you can select “Friends Only.” Note: select the setting you feel most comfortable with.

Applications, Games and Websites
To edit the applications, games and websites privacy settings, go to the privacy page by clicking on “Account” and selecting the “Privacy Settings” link.

Locate the heading “Applications and Websites” and click on the “Edit your settings” link.

Under “What you’re using” you can turn off ALL applications if you would like by clicking on the “Turn off” link. Keep in mind if you do your friends won’t be able to interact and share with you using applications and websites.

If you’ve left the applications setting on, we suggest you leave the “Game and application activity” to show to friends only.

If you’ve left the applications setting on, uncheck information you don’t feel comfortable sharing in the “Info accessible through your friends” settings.

Under the “Instant personalization” setting do not enable instant personalization on partner websites.

An important setting you’ll want to edit to your comfort level is the public search settings. If you want your Facebook profile to be available in searches on and off Facebook, make sure the box is left unchecked.

Editing Application Settings – Recently Used
To edit the recently used applications, click on “Account” and click on the “Application Settings” link.

Under events, gifts, groups, links, notes, photos, and the video setting, set to show to your “Friends Only.”

Editing Your Profile
Last but not least, you’ll need to edit your profile information. Click on “Profile” to start editing your profile information. Share as much information you feel comfortable sharing on your public profile.

Facebook Safety Tips

To socialize and navigate on the Facebook community safely, you’ll want to::

  • Avoid clicking on redirect links from users you don’t trust. Usually redirect links are from spammers who will attempt to redirect you to a virus! Make sure you only click on links from users you know and trust.
  • Be extremely cautious when it comes to revealing any personal information publically, such as your email address, phone number, home address, and your work address.
  • Change your Facebook password often and don’t use the same password on any other websites.
  • As an extra precaution you can use RoboForm or MyPadlock to login, store, and create passwords securely for you.
  • Avoid using identifying landmarks in your photos such as your workplace, school names, etc.
  • Always make sure you’re visiting the real Facebook.com. Check the URL in your browser & make sure it begins with http://www.facebook.com.
  • If your Facebook.com account has been hacked change the password right away. If your Facebook.com account has been hacked AND you can’t login with your email anymore, contact Facebook immediately.
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