How to Protect Your Privacy on Facebook
A friend posted a misinformed status update on Facebook. The steps she outlined would stop people from seeing her posts in their newsfeed, but would not, as she hoped, protect her privacy.
Below is a common form of the misleading Facebook status update that people are spreading around Facebook:
Hello, my FB friends: I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. I post shots of my family that I don’t want strangers to have access to!!! However, with the recent changes in FB, the “public” can now see activities in ANY wall. This happens when our friend hits “like” or “comment” ~ automatically, their friends would see our posts too. Unfortunately, we can not change this setting by ourselves because Facebook has configured it this way. PLEASE place your mouse over my name above (DO NOT CLICK), a window will appear, now move the mouse on “FRIENDS” (also without clicking), then down to “Settings”, click here and a list will appear. REMOVE the CHECK on “COMMENTS & LIKE” and also “PHOTOS”. By doing this, my activity among my friends and family will no longer become public. Now, copy and paste this on your wall. Once I see this posted on your page I will do the same. Thank you very much! 😀
As my friend and fellow social media expert Ralene Sanford of Sun Rae Social Media puts it: “you are effectively telling everyone to click these settings so THEY never see anything you post about again! This does NOT protect your privacy. Your are pretty much asking them to unfriend you and never see anything you do again on FB.”
Here are a few Facebook settings that you can easily change:
- Set your default sharing settings. For most people choose Friends as the default. You can change it individually to Friends of Friends or Public when you share a new status update.
- Update your Facebook Likes. Did you “like” any Pages that could be potentially embarrassing? Unlike anything that you don’t want the world to see. Keep in mind that the Pages you like can also show up in the sidebar ads. Do you really want your friends to see that you “liked” Viagara, Playtex Tampons or Mother Fu@%er?
- Review tagged photos. Friends will often tag you in party photos, work events, and all sorts of random pictures that you might not want public. Go to your Photos section and look through your “Photos of You” – untag or hide from timeline any photos that you don’t feel comfortable sharing with the world.
Facebook sharing and privacy are affected not only by your chosen setting for status updates (public, friends only, friends of friends) but by Apps you subscribe to (games, sharing tools, newslinks, etc) and Tagging of photos.
☛ Please read this easy to understand article. Then share it with your friends and family, so they can protect themselves too…the RIGHT way!
From the comment section of that blog post, here is an additional quick tip on Facebook privacy and tagging:
Facebook apps and photo tagging affect not only YOU, but they affect the privacy of YOUR FRIENDS, without them being aware. Be sure to check your Facebook settings to protect your privacy.