Facebook, and other similar sites, have caused us to give up some control over our privacy. Here are some tips on how to become a master at controlling your Facebook privacy:
1. Audit your Audience
You can tweak your default audience settings for all updates as well as control your audience for individual updates.
Here’s how for all posts:
To choose your audience for future posts: Privacy Shortcut Menu (Upper right corner) > “Who can see my Stuff?” > “Who can see my future posts?” > Choose from: Public, All Friends, Specific Friends or Only Me.
To choose your audience for previous and future posts: Privacy Shortcut Menu > “Who can see my Stuff?” > “Where do I review who can see or find things I’ve posted or been tagged in?” > Use Activity Log
Here’s how for individual posts:
2. Avoid Random Inbox Messages
This might come as a surprise to some, but Facebook is NOT a dating site. If you are on Facebook you’ve most likely received unwanted Inbox Messages, but a simple update to your privacy settings and you can avoid these awkward messages.
Privacy Shortcut Menu > “Who can contact me?” > “Whose messages do I want filtered into my Inbox?” > Choose between basic filters (people who may know you can send you a message) or strict filters (only your friends can send you a message).
3. Prevent People from Sending you Friend Requests
Your default setting is that anyone can send you a Friend Request on Facebook, which is not ideal if you wish to stay more private.
Settings (top right corner) > Privacy > Edit > “Who can send me friend requests?” > Choose between Everyone or Only Friends of Friends
4. Prevent People from Looking you up on the Internet
If you don’t want your profile to show up on internet searches there is a Facebook privacy setting for that.
Settings > Privacy > “Who can look me up?” > “Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline?” > Choose search engines that are allowed to link to your profile.
Preview your profile
Facebook gives you the option of viewing your profile like others view it. This function helps you to ensure that you are satisfied with your Facebook privacy settings.
Go to your profile > Click … (next to activity log) > View as…