Friday, 21 April, 2017

Keeping your Facebook private

Keeping yourself safe online is about being aware of the risks. One of the most basic and most effective forms of guarding yourself against unwanted images and content is to control your social media privacy.

Social media has weaved its way into the very fabric of our lives and looks like it is here to stay. Few major life events happen without some form of social media update, whether it’s an Instagram image, Tweet or Facebook status update. Social media has allowed us to keep up-to-date with friends and family at our convenience, but it has also meant that our lives are documented and there for the world to see. Naturally, there are elements of our lives that we do not wish to be public knowledge or people we do not wish to share everything with. It is, therefore, important to know the basics about how to keep your social media private. Facebook have updated their privacy policy various times during its existence, therefore it’s worth having a privacy check-up to see what information you are sharing and with who.

View your profile as a stranger


The first step is to see what a stranger sees. Click your name at the top then click the three dots that appear next to “activity log” and select “view as”. You will then be shown you profile as a standard Facebook member sees it.


Change the visibility of your posts


To prevent strangers or future employers seeing your posts, past or future, you can make them all private in a few clicks.

Click the downward arrow at the top right of the page and go to settings. Once there click privacy and then “Limit past posts”. Be warned that one you have done this, it is difficult to make previous posts public again, so be sure there are no posts that you want to remain public.


Delist your Facebook from Google


Someone searching your name could find their way to your page via Google. Alternatively, without knowing your name someone could search for you via your phone number or email. If you do not want to be found in this manner then Facebook provides a handy solution.


Within “Privacy” there are options to make yourself, not totally, but more invisible online. You can decide who can search for you using your email and phone number. To prevent your profile appearing in Google simply answer no to “Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile?”


Change what apps your Facebook friends can see

Most apps will allow you to sign up via your Facebook account, however, you might not be aware that your actions on the apps can be shared automatically. Although the apps do ask for this permission, there are times you do not want Candy Crush to update your status with a new achievement (perhaps during office hours).


Go to the "Apps" part of "Settings" and change the permissions. You can change each app individually or select all of them.


Pre-check photos before you are tagged.

You are able to control the photos that you upload but ones from other Facebook members are harder to police. You can review any post or photo that you are tagged in before they show up on your timeline. You can untag yourself or report the post to have it removed.


In your settings go to the "timeline" section and switch on “Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline”.


The information in this article was sourced from the Telegraph

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