Basic Privacy Management – Part 1 of Full guide to Facebook security / privacy

Full guide to Facebook security / privacy

Part 1 – Basic Privacy Management

When you are on the main page of your Facebook profile, you will see a settings option, which offers a dropdown menu for access to Account Settings, Privacy Settings, and Application Settings.

Clicking settings alone will take you to the My Account menu and the Settings tab. More often than not, this is where users go to manage their privacy settings.

After that you will move to the privacy area, where you can select what privacy settings you want to control. In this section we will start with Profile.

As part of the new privacy settings change, the Profile Information section has been revamped and broken down into a granular level of access based on the information you can enter. Here you can control who has access to things you have entered in Personal Info, About Me, Religious views, Political views, your wall posts, video posts, photos, and comments.

This level of control in the new privacy section is great, but it isn’t without its flaws. There is still no real explanation as to what each of the settings mean, such as how they can affect you with regard to what others can see, or the impact the settings have on your overall privacy.

As mentioned in the previous version of this premier, there is no information on what it means to select Only Friends over Friends of Friends. At the same time, Facebook has removed the My Networks and Friends option, so that layer of confusion is a thing of the past.

The help section on Facebook covers some of this, but not in any serious detail. The images below show the various options, including the available settings and custom settings.

The image above lists all the settings you can select for your profile. Everyone means that literally, anyone on Facebook can view your profile.

Friends of Friends, Facebook explains in their help section. However, to cover it here, it just means that your friends will see your profile, and their friends will too.

Lastly, you have the Only Friends option, meaning that only those you have added as a friend can see your profile.

It is a remarkable change to the privacy section on the right top of the screen. This allows a preview, meaning each setting on your account. You can whenever your profile and see what most people on Facebook see look. This is compared a new option, but a better place for him to earlier versions of the data protection Center.

The image below is what you, if you select the Customize option to see. As you can see, there is no real adjustment. However, the Facebook only me option affecting everyone but see information has. You can also block specific people access if you wish.

In each part of the Profile Information settings, make sure you take the time to check each section and select the option that best matches what you wish to share. It seems like this is common sense advice, but a good deal of Facebook users never check this section.

Also, there are some new sections to take note of. You can see them in the image below.

The ability to control access to Photos and Videos of you is important. Yet, clear explanation is once again missing from these options. The sub-title says, “Photos and Videos you’ve been tagged in” but it offers the same controls (Everyone, Only Friends, Friends of Friends, Customize) as the other sections in this area of the privacy center.

Searching for help on this topic will offer more questions than answers, as the FAQ’s and help topics still talk abut the older privacy settings. In short, the Photos and Videos of Me options allow you to control the link under your profile image. If you set this to Everyone, then when someone sees your profile they can link to tagged images of you.

“While there is the option to block users from viewing the tagged photos section on your own profile, there is no way to restrict the visibility of a photo that you are not the owner of,” Facebook explains.

The Posts by Me section works by granting access over who can see your posts, notes, links, photos, and video. You can pick from the normal options here as well. Likewise, the section for Posts by Friends (available if you allow friends to post to your wall), covers the same stuff, but is directed at comments or posts made by friends to your profile. You can control who is allowed to comment on your things as well, which is another layer of selective privacy.

In the Photo Albums section, you will be taken to a separate page that controls who can see the images you have posted. Again, here you need to check the settings and pick the one that best matches your desired level of privacy.

What options to select

When it comes to selecting the optimal settings for profile-related privacy, everyone will be different. The trick is to know what information already in your profile posted, and you’re as good with people, the is it. You should not post personal and sensitive data on Facebook and what information you post should always be considered, before he published this.

Has anyone need really know your maiden name or road you grew up? If you notice in the pictures, I chose the single friends option for all my settings. I also, allow friends to my wall message is selected. Now, none of these privacy settings is same whether you collect in a competition for the most friends. You should be careful when you friends as you wish.

The best way is for those who know, or add knew at a time personally, and if a friend of them pull something of interest, such as personality or they are a source of information for example, as well.


Full guide to Facebook security / privacy

1: Basic Privacy Management

2: Contact Information and Search Related Privacy Management

3: Application Privacy

4: Miscellaneous Facebook Security and Privacy tips and tricks

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