Many of our clients ask us about this so we’ve put together this step by step guide to setting up your Privacy Settings in facebook for you.
First of all, whilst you can work on a lot of the security settings on your phone or tablet, it is best to do these on a PC – they’re easier to access and there seem to be more options!
Ok, so start by heading to your Facebook newsfeed – let’s look at the basics.
When you click to type in your status, there’s a blue tab that lets you choose who you want to see your status updates. I have friends selected as a default, as this means that only your direct connections can see what you post. Selecting public means that anyone who searches for your profile on Facebook or otherwise can view everything you post, whether they’re friends or not.
If you select Custom, you are given the option to share or block specific people or groups from viewing your posts.
Take special care here. I think the best setting is just to give your directly connected “Friends” the ability to view your posts. This way anyone who might find your profile elsewhere on the internet, or who isn’t connected to you will only be able to see very basic information such as your profile and cover photo and your name.
These settings will be used as defaults in the next part of the guide so take your time to select who you want to hide your posts from!
Remember that saving these changes will keep the settings permanently until you change them back.
Let’s go a little deeper into the settings. Go into your settings panel by clicking on the little arrow at the top right of the page and selecting settings.
If you ever want to do a quick review of the settings you have implemented in the past, this is the place to do it. The first one we already covered so click on next and go to Apps, where you can select who gets to view the apps that you are logged into via Facebook. Things like Candycrush, Stumbleupon and other apps that allow for facebook synced login will all be displayed here. These, as a default, are set to only you, so you shouldn’t have to worry about these for now.
Proceed to the final tab, Profile.
As you can see, along the right hand side you can choose what is shown to whom. Go down and decide which of your personal data you want completely hidden and which you are happy to have viewed by your friends and connections. Do this the same way you would choose who gets to view your posts by clicking on the “friends” or “custom” etc. tabs on the right to select groups or specific people to hide or show this information to.
Click on finish and close this window to head back to the privacy page.
There’s a great tool here that allows you to limit who gets to see the things you have already posted on Facebook, from the beginning of your account. So click on “Limit Past Posts”
Click on the “Limit Old Posts” button and a window will appear warning you of what will happen next.
This means that everything you have ever posted on Facebook will be hidden from the specific groups or people you selected earlier on in the guide. If you’re ready to hide your Facebook from the prying eyes of the outside world, click confirm and give it a moment to apply the settings. You personally won’t notice the difference once this is made, but anyone going onto your page from an outside source will be very limited in terms of what they can see.
Now that that’s done, there’s another setting a little further down under “Contact Info”
This setting means that after a few days your profile will be removed from search engine results. So if someone was to type in “Kelsey Bennett, Bournemouth, England” into Google, I’d be nowhere to be found on Facebook!
These changes are simple enough to make and can really help to keep your personal life… well, personal. This is especially useful in the modern age when looking up someone’s true nature and private life is as simple as typing their name into a search bar.
If you work in a job where your ‘online’ presence on sites such as LinkedIn is important for your career, the above change in settings can be a lifesaver when looking to change job or find new clients.
As always, if you come across any difficulties, don’t hesitate to give us a shout!