ReputationDefender’s Recommended Facebook Privacy Settings
With more than 500 million users worldwide, Facebook is the clear king of social networking. But the company’s sometimes lax attitude about personal privacy has many users concerned.
To help users who are concerned about their privacy avoid exposing anything embarrassing in their profiles, we have outlined four recommended Facebook privacy settings. Check below to learn how to make sure your Facebook profile is seen only by the people whom you want to see it.
Step 1: Find Your Privacy Settings
The first step in adjusting your privacy settings is to find them.
- When you log into your account, go to the upper right-hand corner of your profile and hover on the settings tab.
- A list of options will drop down, including account settings, privacy settings, and application settings.
- Click on privacy settings.
Step 2: Select Your Sharing Option
When you access your privacy controls, you will see the following page.
From here, users can change their privacy controls to one of three default settings (Friends only, Friends of friends, or Everyone) with one click. If you want to change your sharing settings to Friends only, simply select the Friends only tab and then click the blue button that says “Apply These Settings.”
Check out what the Friends only option looks like below.
If you want more granular control over what you share on Facebook, you still have the option of customizing your settings yourself. When you select the “Customize settings” option at the bottom of the page, you will be taken to a page like this. From here, you can restrict individual Facebook friends from seeing certain content, such as your birthday, family, or photos.
(Note that Facebook also has a “Recommended” option, which includes the controls that Facebook thinks are most useful for users. We believe these settings expose too much information and do not recommend them, so these are clearly not ReputationDefender’s recommended Facebook privacy settings.)
Step 3: Adjust Basic Directory Information
If you look at the top of the new privacy page, you will see a link to Basic Directory Information. From this section, you can adjust information about who can contact you and search for you on Facebook.
A paragraph at the top of the page explains that four items — your name, profile picture, gender, and the networks to which you belong – are visible to everyone. We recommend that you set all of the other possible options to Friends Only, or a personally customized setting that restricts the information extremely tightly.
Step 4: Manage Applications
Third-party applications are a weak spot in Facebook’s security. As such, it is very important to understand what third-party apps you have accepted and how they are sharing your information.
To access the applications settings, visit the main privacy settings page and select the “Edit your settings” link underneath the Applications and Websites tab at the bottom left hand corner of the page.
After you click “Edit your settings,” you will see this page. From here, you can adjust your application settings.
To turn off all platform applications at one time, click on the “Turn off all platform applications” link. If you choose this option, you will also be automatically opted out of the “Instant personalization project,” which shares user information with third-party partners like Pandora, and Microsoft Docs.
If you want to turn off some applications, but not others, select “Remove unwanted or spammy applications.” If you choose the latter option, you will be taken to a page like this.
From here, you can individually select which applications you want to remove from your profile. As a rule, we recommend not downloading a large number of applications in the first place.
If you have any questions about these recommended Facebook privacy settings, or would like more information about how you can control your private information on the web, please do not hesitate to contact us.