How To Change your Facebook Privacy Settings
Do you Control your Privacy
When you signed up for a Facebook account did you fill in the forms on your profile page under the contact Information?
If Yes then your privacy is at Risk.
Check your Privacy Settings
If you filled in all the boxes available to you and did not control your settings then you need to go back now and fix the settings immediately. Who has access to all your comments, messages, news and family photos that you have put on your account?
If you have not set your privacy settings correctly then you have let every stranger in the world who has access to a computer and the internet and has a Facebook account gain access to every personal facet of your life.
Keep your Photos Private
Do you really want your employers or future employers having access to all your private family photos, your holiday and night out snaps?
Do you realise that when you post photos of your children they can be accessed and copied by anyone on the internet and used as they choose. Do you have too much contact information on your Facebook Profile Page
Would you speak to strangers in the street, in the cinema, at the shops and tell everyone you meet what your cell phone number. Would you make it even easier for them to remember it and write it down for them?
Would you tell all these complete strangers what your job is, the name of the company where you are employed and the address where you work. No of course not
Then why would you fill in this information onto your Profile Page in the Contact information section. By doing so you have given anyone who wants to an open invitation to interfere in your private and professional life.
There is no need to enter this kind of personal information on to the contact information page of your Facebook account. It serves no purpose other than to leave you open to abuse and ridicule.
This is why you should look at your Facebook Profile Page settings now
Three Privacy Controls
If you wish to enter this information then at least you should control who has access to it by activating the privacy settings on your Facebook Profile page.
It puts you in control of who has access to your information.
Friends of Friends
This setting sounds innocent enough but beware of using this one. If you choose this privacy setting then you are leaving the door open to complete strangers to come onto your Facebook page and access your contact information.
As an example. You have ten friends,(or family) that you know personally and trust.
This privacy setting will allow the friends of your ten trusted friends to also access your information.
Say each of your trusted friends and family each has ten or more of their own friends. That will make a potential viewing figure of over one hundred friends that you have never met. You have just allowed these strangers to have access to your contact information.
Choose this setting to have complete control of who can access this information.
Only friends that you know and have personally approved will have access to your contact information on your Facebook Profile page.
If you choose this privacy setting then you allow everyone in the world who has access to the internet and is a member of Facebook to have access to your private information.
This setting should never be used for your personal Facebook account.
Contact Information Page
I do not see any advantage or reason why a member of Facebook would want to enter all their private contact information onto the internet.
Even if the setting is put at Friends it is still unnecessary.
Your friends and family already know your cell phone number and where you work.
There is no need to write it on your Contact Information Page.
Profile Page Security Settings
Log in in to Facebook and go straight to your contact information on your Profile Page. I would advice you to delete all private information stored there.
If you still feel the need to include some of your private details then at least check that the security setting is on for Friends. So if you want only your true friends and family to see all your comments, messages and family photos please go back to your privacy settings now!
Enjoy your experience as a social network user but also be sensible about security. Controlling your privacy settings on Facebook is an important step to having some control of what information is available to other users.
Only allow those who you trust completely to see your family snaps. news and comments that you post on this social networking site.
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