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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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  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. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!


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