Our Facebook Safety Guide - Your Privacy
Part 1: Your PrivacyIf you have a Facebook account, and letís face it, you probably do, then it is important that you know how to use it safely. Facebook is a site that encourages sharing and socialising, but it is vital that you do that responsibility. If you donít you may fall victim to a wide variety of scams that fool thousands of Facebook users every day.
This condensed guide provides details on the most popular ways you can fall victim to Facebook scams and how to pre-emptively stop it from happening.
1. Get Your Privacy Right!
Yes, Facebook is designed to share stuff. Itís the fundamental attitude of the site. But youíre only meant to share stuff with your friends Ė people that you actually know. Not strangers and not people you meet on the Internet. This means getting your privacy settings in order is vital.
So, itís time to check those settings. If you are absolutely confident that your settings are correct then you can skip to the next page.
Now what we mean by your privacy settings is who can see your status updates and photos. Having these made public to people that you donít know can be dangerous. For example a thief would just love to know when youíre going on holiday and for how long, so that public status update boasting about your upcoming vacation may not be a really good idea. It does and has happened. Public statuses and comments are inevitably broadcast across Facebook to people that you do not know.
This means the only acceptable privacy setting is Friends Only.
To set your settings to Friends Only Ė
1. Go to your Privacy Settings.
2. Ensure Friends is selected. Not Public or Custom.
3. This only effects future posts and photos. This means that if you were previously set up Public or Custom you need to make your previous posts and photos set to Friends Only as well. To do this, on the same page select the Manage Past Post Visibility option next to the option Limit the Audience for Past Posts and then click ďLimit Past PostsĒ.
Once youíve done all this your Facebook account is now private. The only people who can see and comment on your photos and your updates are your Facebook friends.
NEXT: Don't Compromise Your Account.