Maintain vigilance in preserving your privacy, regardless of Facebook's default level of protection. If you have a Facebook account, go over your privacy settings and make any required changes. We recommend that you configure your privacy settings so that only your friends (not friends of friends) may see your profile, images, and information. Additionally, be sure to delete any accounts that are no longer active.
In addition to changing defaults, use password protection when logging in to avoid revealing information about yourself. When creating an account, don't give out information such as your name, email address, phone number, or physical address that could lead to identity theft. Keep in mind that if you share these details with others then they too will be able to access your account.
Finally, keep track of what information Facebook has about you and remove anything unauthorized. You can do this by reviewing your account activity page or by contacting Facebook directly.
Five Ways to Keep Our Facebook Photos Safe
Restriction the access of your friends to your stuff. 2. After logging in, click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen and select Privacy Settings from the menu list. 3. Make sure you're looking at the Blocking part of the Privacy settings page. This part is located on the left side of the page. You can block users based on their relationship to you (for example, only block friends), or you can block users based on what kind of content they posted (for example, block anyone who posted about going to a protest).
You can also control how much information you share with friends. For example, if you want only your close friends to see what movies you're watching, what restaurants you're eating at, or what books you're reading, you can limit the amount of data you give out by adjusting the slider below the Photos section.
And finally, you can prevent friends from tagging you in photos by selecting Disable Photo Tags from the drop-down menu under Photos. Tagging occurs when a friend takes a picture of something with your phone number or email address in it (such as a billboard you saw while driving down the road) and uses that information to associate your profile with the photo. This prevents others from seeing your name in photos.
These are just some of the ways you can control what information you give out and who sees it. There are many more options in the Privacy settings page so be sure to check them out!
There are six steps you can do to make your Facebook account more secure.
Is it secure? It's widely assumed that Facebook paranoia—the continual fear that Facebook is selling, distributing, or otherwise tampering with your personal information—takes the form of a bell curve. That is, there are many assumptions that can only be verified after they happen. But there's also a chance that everything is fine and dandy.
Your information is not safe from malicious actors even if you think it isn't. Never post any personal information on Facebook, including your phone number or email address. Even if you trust everyone in your social circle, that doesn't mean they trust you. And remember, you can always delete your Facebook account, but you can't delete what's already on the server.
The best way to protect yourself is by using common sense and being aware of how easy it is to leak information. For example, posting phone numbers and emails online makes them easier for scammers to find. Before you post sensitive information, ask yourself: who will see this? Will they want revenge if I don't get hired for a job or if something else bad happens to me? Are there any alternatives? If so, use them!
Finally, take some time to learn more about how Facebook works and what kinds of information they collect.
Facebook touts its privacy options as a solution for people concerned about their data, yet most of those settings will only protect your information from other users. However, certain Facebook settings do have an impact on how the network collects and utilizes your personal information. Keep your location information hidden. If you don't want Facebook to know where you are, turn off your ability to provide this information via GPS. This means that although Facebook may still be able to identify your general area, it will not be able to pinpoint your exact location within that region. This option is located under your Privacy Settings.
You can also limit what types of information Facebook gathers from you by adjusting which apps have access to your data. Any app that has permission to access your account will be able to view some or all of your information, depending on what you've shared with that app and how it uses that data. Be careful who you give permissions to because once they have your information, it's difficult to delete it completely. For example, if you use Facebook Dating, the site has access to your full profile information even though you've signed up solely for dating services. That way, if something happens to your Facebook account, Match.com can contact you directly.
Finally, you can control what information third parties can see when they download your data from Facebook using our backup tool.