Check your Facebook Privacy Settings


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.

Facebook privacy

Facebook updating privacy settings. It is removing the option that allowed people to become “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.”

Facebook privacy settings step one

First step in checking Facebook privacy settings is to navigate to your OWN timeline. Next to “ACTIVITY LOG” click the down arrow and go down to “View As”

Facebook privacy settings steps

Click “View As” and another page opens allowing you to see what information from your Facebook Timeline is available to any random person on the internet

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

facebook privacy

The next step is to CLICK through the various areas of your timeline to see what is available.

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



2013 facebook privacy settings

When you click more information, you can see more “about” yourself. This will be visible to anyone clicking your profile or searching you by name.


Facebook privacy settings

Make the default of your posts “friends” or a custom list of people or “close friends” instead of “public” if you want to keep your information private. Also keep in mind the privacy of others. If you comment on something that’s PUBLIC, everyone else can see what you comment. So, when you leave something open, you may be preventing people who want to comment from commenting because they don’t want their name on a “public” post.

 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.

Hiding items on facebook

When viewing your photos (or other information) click EDIT. This brings up another screen.

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!

Visual phtoos to update Facebook privacy settings

Undo the check mark from any items you want removed from your timeline and profile.

Question: What is on your Facebook profile that you need to make more private?

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About the Author:

Attached Moms main writer, Amanda, is a full-time mom transitioning from her full-time work life. She's mom to V who just turned 6, and 4 year old R. With an inter-cultural relationship, she's attempting to navigate parenting, using her heart, not just her 'book' knowledge. She's earned a BS in Social Sciences, BA in technical communications and has three master's degrees: business, education and psychology. From Michigan originally, she currently resides in the Mumbai, India vicinity.

31 Comments on "Check your Facebook Privacy Settings"

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  1. I saw that they were going to be changing privacy settings again! How frustrating – just when you figure one thing out, they change it… again. Ugh… Thanks for the info!

  2. Thanks for this. I am at such a loss when it comes to facebook. I think I do have to accept tags, but am going to check it out just to be sure.
    Facebook changes things so fast that I just get used to something and they change it. Very frustrating.

  3. I have learned to check these settings every so often, because FB changes stuff all the time without letting you know. Then all of a sudden people see things they are not supposed to see. Not ok.

  4. kay adeola says:

    Thank you for posting this,Facebook are so annoying with all their changes wish they would keep to one thing lol

  5. Wow, I never got a notification so didn’t know that they were going to do this. Thanks for the info. I’m not a big FB fan but this is making me not like them even more. :(

  6. Rosey says:

    Thank you for the tip, FB gets so confusing for me sometimes. I just post and go most days.

  7. MELISASource says:

    Wow FB is getting crazier by the minute — no wonder more and more people are moving away from it onto other platforms! Thanks for sharing this great information!

  8. I think they change their policy at least twice a year it seems.

  9. This is very important information!!! Thank you so much for sharing it, I really had no idea!

  10. This was in the height of Mark Zuckerburg buying all the houses around him for more privacy….what a goob

  11. Man, I wish FB would just leave good things alone! I’m so tired of them constantly changing the privacy settings! Gah! Gotta go check my settings now.

  12. Michele says:

    I can’t seem to keep up with all the changes that seem to occur daily on all the social media-not only facebook. I rarely if ever put information about “me” up unless it is in a private fb group. Yes I have been found by people-luckily those are people I wanted to find me! Very good info-thank you

  13. I’ve already had mine set to just friends for a while now (last update or so) so I’m good with where my stuff is but this is still a great post to let others know!

  14. Pam says:

    The facebook privacy setting are so confusing. They keep changing them when I get them set the way I want them!

  15. Sarah Bailey says:

    Thank you so much – I really cannot keep on top of all the changes Facebook makes they seem to change something most weeks x

  16. Thanks so much for the info. I went in and made sure everything was set where I wanted it.

  17. Dov Shapira says:

    I do not pay much attention to the privacy, I don’t see a need to.

  18. WOW! Great info. I had no idea. I don’t worry about privacy too much because I just figure I don’t really need to but it rally is something I should look into. Thanks for the tips!

  19. Tess says:

    I didnt know that. I really need to check it more oftenb. Thanks for the heads up.

  20. Oh gosh I need to go in and change many things. I just learned a lot from your very informative post! Thanks for sharing this important info!

  21. Good old facebook, always keeping us on our toes! Thanks for the tips!

  22. Megan says:

    Ugh, I never notice those new settings. I’m not too crazy about all the settings stuff, but I don’t think it’s normal how they constantly change stuff.

  23. Very helpful post. I needed to know this!

  24. I definitely am a little upset that everyone is now searchable. I put myself as unsearchable so people I didn’t know couldn’t stalk me as well. I wish they would stop changing things like this!

  25. I noticed this when I went on Facebook today and made sure everything was tightened up.

  26. patricia says:

    I am always checking my facebook settings as I have heard sometimes they change things around and then you have to fix it again. Such a pain!

  27. Mine has been locked down from day 1

  28. Kyle says:

    I heard of these changes and im thankful for the tutorial.I appreciate the info!

  29. Thanks for keeping us posted!

  30. Tiffany says:

    I hate how often Facebook changes things up on us.

  31. FB is doing what is the best for FB. Thanks for the tips, I found them helpful.


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