Facebook is great for sharing your photos with friends. But while we don’t mind our friends seeing them, we don’t really want strangers perusing our personal photos. After all, we don’t know who these people are or what they’ll do with snapshots of our personal moments.
This is why it is important to protect the photos we upload to Facebook. Luckily Facebook do provide settings that allow us to ensure the photos we upload stay private. Here is what you need to know about keeping your photos safe on Facebook.
Friends Only default setting
Perhaps the first and most important thing to get right is your default privacy setting. This setting dictates the privacy of most of the things you upload to Facebook including your photos and posts. It is strongly recommended to have these set to friends ONLY. That way, only people you’ve accepted on Facebook can see your stuff.
Doing that is easy – you just login to Facebook or go into the Facebook app and head to the main settings, and then select Privacy. From there make sure the option about who can see your future posts is set to Friends.
Limit the audience of past posts.
That’s your future photos covered, but you need to ensure that the photos you’ve uploaded already are also set to friends only. Look down a couple of options and look at the option about limiting the audience for posts you’ve shared with friends of friends or public. Select the Limit Past Posts option. Now all the photos, photo albums and posts you’ve already made on Facebook are set to friends only!
Relax, you’re almost there!
Control tagging of your photos
We generally recommend enabling the option to control tagging of your photos. Why? Because even though your photos are friends only, this audience can widen if someone tags someone else in your photo. If this happens, the audience of your photo can then be seen by anyone tagged in the photo as well as their friends. Meaning your photo is no longer a friends only photo.
If you don’t like the idea of this, then we recommend enabling the feature to control tagging. To do this, stay in your main settings but this time select the Timeline and Tagging setting and enabled the setting about reviewing tags people add to your posts before they appear on Facebook.
Some points worth remembering…
That’s all the settings. Your photos are now only available to friends! But there are some things still worth knowing…
Individual photo albums and their own privacy options, meaning if you want to make a particular album public then you can do that without worrying about other albums. Just head to your profile, select photos and then select albums. Click the album you’d like to make public and look for the little privacy icon (will be the two little Facebook heads) which you can change to public (a little icon of a world.)
Your current cover photo is public. You can’t make this private, so if you don’t want anyone seeing a photo, don’t make it your cover photo.
Your current profile picture can be accessed by anyone. Yes you can make your profile picture private (by going to your Profile Pictures album and changing the privacy) but it’s still not really private. Anyone can see the small version on your timeline and it can still be accessed full size from the developer’s side of Facebook. So the same advice applies as above.
BUT REMEMBER… Facebook is a SOCIAL website. Ultimately, it’s geared up for sharing. The privacy settings should work, but in the often unpredictable environment that is cyberspace, nothing is guaranteed. If you really don’t want people seeing a particular photo, then we recommend not uploading it to social media.
Remember, for our ultimate guide to locking down your Facebook account, click here.