For many, privacy is a concern on Facebook. Whether the issue is people tagging you in unflattering photos (for this, make the default so that you need to approve any tags) or people commenting about where you live on their open facebook post, there are endless reasons to be concerned your Facebook Privacy Settings.
Facebook privacy search changes again
To help with privacy, I had my settings set so no one could search for me by name. This ensured that people who I am not in contact with cannot stalk me unless they “see” what I’m doing from someone else’s timeline. Well, I logged in this week to find out that is changing. Facebook is removing the option to be “unsearchable” by name.
How to check your public Facebook settings
The best way to see what is visible on your Facebook timeline is to view your profile as “public.”
Your privacy settings also allow you to see how your page is visible to any person your friend’s list. This is beneficial if you have shared something with a custom list and you aren’t sure if that person can see it or not. Of course, anyone can screen shot and share what you’ve done, so keep that in mind. What’s on Facebook really isn’t private!
Your Facebook Privacy Settings vary
Check specifically on your photos, About (this can include your basic information, as well as where you work, etc.)
Under “more” people can see your groups – “open” groups can show what you’ve posted, liked and more without the person checking you out (aka stalking you) even being a member of the group. Always click “see all.” It may seem ‘innocent” information, but often the juice is found in the additional information. See below screen shot. It goes with “changing your facebook settings.”
The next step is to check your privacy settings on Facebook
A few notes on Facebook Privacy and Public Information.
- When you check in via a Facebook page, that information is public.
- When you post a review on Facebook page, that information is public.
- When you are a member of an “open” group, that information is public. It may be something you were added into by others without your knowledge (you can change that setting for now) or it may be something you aren’t even interested in, but it says things about you.
To remove those items from your timeline (not from the groups, etc), click “edit.
Finally, this screen will come up. You can uncheck anything you want removed from your general profile. It also may give you some idea of items to remove from Facebook. Good luck!
Question: What is on your Facebook profile that you need to make more private?