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Recommended Best Facebook Privacy Settings To Protect Your Privacy

Updated on October 29, 2013

Does Privacy Exist On Facebook?

The answer is yes... but with too many loopholes. You have to care for these loopholes else just about anyone can check out what you are sharing with others. This hub on the best facebook privacy settings also has a video towards the end to show you what I've been talking about in the hub.

First of all, you need to limit your friend "accept" requests. Do NOT ever accept friend requests from people you do not know. Well, that is a spoiler... Facebook is meant to make new friends, isn't it? Let's check out the best practices for privacy without having to lose on the fun.

Friends On Facebook

Choose Your Friends Carefully
Choose Your Friends Carefully

Making New Friends On Facebook

So you want more friends. But do you know almost one-third of facebook profiles are fake, maintained by people who use a personality they are not in real. Some others are built for information mining. There was a blog created two years ago. It hosted images of many girls, sorted on country, state and locality basis. The blog was taken down after much protests.

The above is not to frighten you. It is to say stay safe. If you receive a friend request from anyone, accept it if you know the person.. But if you do not work him, and there is a mutual friend, ask the mutual friend about the new person. In case there is no mutual friend, go to the about and timeline tabs of the person and see what all the person posts. A look at the profile can also tell whether the profile is fake or genuine. If you suspect anything, just ignore the request.

Bug in Facebook Friends?

This is a bug. Instead of selecting Friends from drop down box, select custom and then Friends to uncheck this "Friends of Those Tagged"
This is a bug. Instead of selecting Friends from drop down box, select custom and then Friends to uncheck this "Friends of Those Tagged" | Source

Use The Privacy Settings Frequently

I used the word 'frequently' because facebook keeps on adding and removing features from under the Privacy Options. First step you want to take is to remove your profile from the search engine results. To make this possible, go to Privacy settings by clicking on the Gear Icon.

Under the "Who can Look Me Up" title, see if the search engine thing is off (last option). There is a bug there. Sometimes, it shows off but is turned off in reality. To make sure it is indeed off, click on the Edit button and if you see the box checked, uncheck it. Again check it once more for security sake.

Next, if you are a business or your Facebook account is for promoting yourself or your product/services, you might keep sharing to public. But if it is a personal account, on the same page, click EDIT on the first option that says Who Can See My Future Posts. Select Custom and then in the dialog box that appears, select Friends. You will see that Show to Friends of Friends tagged is automatically selected. Uncheck the box. That is either a bug or something that Facebook ignored deliberately.

Limit The Visibility Of Your Previous Posts

The best privacy settings for Facebook would include limiting the older pasts. What we saw in the previous section was for the future posts. But how to limit the visibility of previous Facebook posts? You can use the Activity Log under "Who can see my Future Posts". Click on the Activity Logs and change settings - especially for photographs and personal videos that you do not want strangers to see.

Best Facebook Privacy Settings - Stop Strangers From Following You

Facebook has introduced a Twitter like feature that allows anyone to follow you. In fact, when anyone sends you a friend request - even if you decline it, they are set to automatically follow you and hence, can see most of your posts - unless you are used to set privacy settings for each post separately.

To stop people from following, click on the Followers on the right side of Privacy Settings page. Towards the left, disselect the first option that says Turn on Follow.

Finally to provide a double layer of privacy on Facebook, click on Notifications on the right side of Privacy page. Towards the right side of the page, turn on notifications to ALL next to Followers. That way you will receive a notification whenever someone follows you. You can block the person if you wish not to be followed by that person.

Best Facebook Privacy Settings - Complete Guide

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