Facebook has come a long way from just a social network to stay connected with your friends and classmates. Today their user base is in the billions and it is as if you are receiving messages, friend requests and comments from complete strangers.
If you become dominant, you may want to make your profile a little more private and hidden from the public eye, and at the same time be able to share your Takeaways and milestones on your timeline.
Whatever your privacy reason, this guide will help you manage and protect your account from unwanted gaze.
Open Facebook settings on desktop
If you want to modify Facebook settings to your advantage, you must open Facebook in a browser on your computer. That is the best interface and it has enough options to fix the privacy settings for you.
Step 1: Login to your Facebook account and in the upper right corner click on the error drop down. Scroll down to Settings & Privacy and click on that.
Step 2: From there, the window will change to show new options. Click the Settings button.
You will be taken to a new window that shows all your account settings.
Step 3: On the left side of your toolbar, click Privacy.
From here, we will change our settings to have more privacy.
Before you begin, think about what kind of privacy you would like and why. For example, do you keep posts out of the sight of future employers, certain family members, or keep your social group small? There are so many reasons to want your account to be a little (or a lot) more private, and when we have our intentions set, it will be much easier to find the right settings.
1. Update the privacy of your publication
The 'Your Activity' section of the privacy settings controls is about your posts and your timeline. You can open your post settings in the 'Who can see your future posts' tab and click Edit.
Clicking the button next to Post will open a drop-down menu and you can choose who can see your future posts.
- Public: Anyone with internet access can see your posts, your posts can appear in a Google search.
- Friends: Only your friends can see your post.
- Friends Except … : This feature allows you to hide your posts from specific people, all of whom you can choose from.
- Specific friends: You can choose which friends you want to be able to read your posts. This is a very curated approach and you have full control over who sees what you share.
- Only me: Only you can see the posts. A very, very private environment if you like to post with the Facebook timeline timeline and not have anyone read your Conclusions.
Setting your posts as friends is an excellent option that allows you to share your Conclusions with people you know while keeping them away from the main Internet routes.
2. Limit how people find your profile
How people find and contact you
This section controls how people can find your profile. The default settings allow anyone to access your account with their email, phone number, and through search engines. For more privacy, you can limit the information with which people can find you.
Setting who can search for your account with your email address and phone number on Only Me will keep your profile safe from anyone who finds your information from other sources.
Keeping your profile out of search engines will also prevent people from searching for your account with your name.
3. Manage your profile page
Now that we have managed the details about your content, we will fix the privacy of your profile page (as visible to the public) to manage the information that will be displayed publicly.
Step 1: Go to your profile page by clicking on your image in the upper right corner of the window.
Step 2: On the left side there is a section titled Introduction. This part of your profile presents details to the public when they visit your page. Click Edit details.
Step 3: You can enable or disable the details that you want to share with the public. This includes where you work, where you went to school, where you currently live, and your hometown.
Keeping where you live private is a good idea to protect yourself and your family with easily accessible information. It only takes a few searches for a stranger on the Internet via Google to find confidential information about you. Making this information less accessible is another barrier you can put between yourself and unwanted attention.
About me: manage who sees your contact information on your profile
If you click the About tab on your profile, you will edit more information about yourself.
Step 1: Click on the "Contact and Basic Information" tab on the left side of the screen.
Step 2: You can see all the different phone numbers, your home address, and the email addresses associated with your account. This information will appear publicly on your profile page.
Step 3: Click on the lock icons to the right of each category.
A pop-up window will appear and you can choose who sees this information on your profile. Setting this information to Me Only keeps this information off your page. It is better to reveal as little information as possible to strangers and acquaintances.
Privacy is protection
We never anticipate the permanence of what we share on the Internet, where comments made a decade ago can resurface, or the convenience of a quick search to find someone's work or home. However, you can add a layer of protection by limiting the number of people who have access to your information, completely removing your content, and keeping personal information accessible only to you.
The entry 4 best settings for better privacy on Facebook was first published in TecnoTuto .