Protect yourself and your friends on Facebook
Encourage your friends to tighten up their Facebook privacy settings too, as their settings impact how apps, websites they interact with, and friends-of-friends on Facebook can see your personal information.
Settings menu > Privacy
Step 1: In the Your activity section, you can tighten the security on past and future posts, and review everything that you’ve been tagged in.
We recommend that you remove all of the ‘tags’.
Step 2: Under How people find and contact you, change the following settings by selecting them from the drop down lists:
- Who can see your friends list – Only me
- Who can look you up using the email address or phone number – Friends or Only me
- Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile – No
Settings menu > Timeline and tagging
Change all of the Timeline and Tagging settings to be Friends, Only me, or Unavailable.
You also want to turn On the Review options so that no one can tag you in a photo or post without you having reviewed it first.
Settings menu > Public Posts
Posts that are public can be seen by anyone, including all apps and search engines. To protect your privacy, you will want to tighten up these tools and settings.
Set the following in your Public Posts configuration to Friends:
- Who can follow me
- Public Post Comments
- Public Profile Info
Take control of your privacy on Facebook
Here are some more steps you and your friends can take to protect your privacy and continue using Facebook.
When you install apps, ‘like’ a web page, or use Facebook to log into websites, you let them harvest your Facebook profile information. Take control of your online privacy and change these Facebook settings today.
Advertisers can use any action you take within Facebook or when using a Facebook app to target you with ads. See what Facebook knows about you right now, and stop advertisers from accessing this information.