Facebook Privacy Settings – Are your settings secure enough?

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The best way to protect yourself on Facebook is to delete your account, if this is not an option, read on.

Updated Feb 2021. Here are the steps you need,  safety steps you can take in the meantime. Lock your profile using privacy settings

  1. Lock your profile using privacy settings
  2. Remove people you do not trust from your friends' list on Facebook
  3. Turn off location services
  4. Search yourself online to see if personal information is being revealed
  5. Remove personal details from your profile pages

The second part is trickier as Facebook makes money from the information you share on Facebook and sells it to advertisers, while also giving them access to your Facebook network and friends so that they can increase their marketing reach.

Changing your Privacy Setting is best done on a desktop. You can find them under Settings.

Below is the first setting you need to change.

Who can see your future posts?

Change from “public” to “friends” or “specific friends”.

You can also block specific friends in the “Friends except for option”. Learning to block and delete is a huge step in building up your privacy settings and protecting yourself from annoying friends who tag too much.

(In the below screenshot, we have indicated where to find your privacy settings in the left-hand column, as well as how to change from “Public” to “Friends”)

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Handy the way Facebook sets it to 'Everyone' isn't it? Change it to one of the 'Friends' options

Location, location, location

We encourage you to go through the additional options available, as you can limit your postings by location too.

Your location settings can be found in the same column as your privacy settings.

Why am I still part of this Facebook group?

Additionally, you can opt-out of former groups as well including Schools, Employers, the four a side squad from 10 years ago that you have no interest in.

There are extra options available, you might like to switch off the option for anyone to get your email address or phone number.

Facebook privacy settings guide - Internet security
Change all the 'Everyones' now to 'Friends' or 'No one' and Block people you don't like

“Restrict viewings of your older posts”

A great setting option from Facebook is “restrict viewings of your older posts” - which allows you to limit views of posts you posted publicly years ago to friends only.

This setting is especially handy if you posted in error or in-haste - quietly withdraw embarrassing, inappropriate, nasty, silly posts from sight.

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The Facebook modesty option, bury the past.

Review posts you are tagged in

Here are some further great options from Facebook, the one we like is “Review posts you are tagged in” - this is in the Review section below. 

If we had to pick one below that would be the one however we suggest that you look at each of the options beneath -  for example, the first option “Who can post on your timeline”. Perhaps you have a friend, mum or someone who doesn't respect boundaries, rather block them.

Block, Delete, Ignore are some of the best buttons on the net. Get to love them and use them freely.

Facebook security guide - Privacy settings, blockNot feeling the love. Start ignoring, reporting, blocking. Trespassers will be prosecuted

Managing Facebook Ads

Now that we have your privacy settings secured and your timeline and online activity more protected, let’s move on to “avoiding annoying advertising”. This is easier and quicker to do.

There are only 3 or 4 things to do here.

Facebook safety guide - Privacy settings

Facebook security settings guide - privacy settings

The first thing you can do is check out ‘Your interests’. These are not always entirely accurate and you might discover that you have an unhealthy interest in heavy-duty sub-artic diving suits that you had no idea you had.

Facebook doesn’t always get it right but this is the data that Facebook is serving to its advertising partner companies, which then push relevant product/service adverts onto you.

Once you have cleaned up your “Interests” head to Ad Setting (third from bottom) and simply hit “switch off”.

Disable / Switch all of the following off:

  1. Ads based on data from partner
  2. Ads based on your activity on Facebook Company Products that you see elsewhere
  3. Ads that include your social actions

Switching off the above would go along in terms of protecting you and your family online

Does social media have any other dangers when travelling?

Lloyd Figgins, a former soldier and international risk expert, says that all travellers should be way about posting their whereabouts on social media.

“Criminals have long used social media to track the movements of their victims,” he said. “Reduce your chances of becoming a target by only posting updates once you have moved on from a particular place or event. Never post plans of where you are heading next or where you are staying – this will help criminals to target you.

“Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by thinking that it’s only your friends who can see your posts. In many cases, this is not true. Depending on your security settings, you should also be asking yourself who can see what your friends are 'sharing' or 'liking' allowing more of the internet to see your posts. You might not even know the people who end up reading your fabulous holiday diary and who, more to the point, know where you are.”

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