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How to Set Facebook Privacy

Facebook is a great way to keep up with friends, especially those who are far away, but you need to be careful to make sure you know just who can see personal details about your life. This is especially pertinent for parents who are concerned that their children may not be taking enough precautions to be safe on-line.

Step #0 – Don’t List More Than You Should!

This is step #0 because it’s by far the most important concept. If you don’t put something on-line, nobody can read it! It sounds obvious, but children especially can be very casual about putting personal information on their Facebook profile. Think carefully before putting your address and phone number in your profile information. If someone needs these details, they can always send you a message on Facebook asking for it.

Create Friends Lists

The first step is to create lists of friends. Although you don’t have to do this (you can set privacy for a specific person), it makes it easier to manage your privacy going forwards. Put a friend on a list and you know they can see exactly what everyone else on that list can see.

You probably have friends who fit in different categories. Some are family, some may be work colleagues, and others may be friends of friends. Depending on how open you are to adding friends, you could have people who are Facebook friends that you’ve never met. It pays to be prudent and verify that casual acquaintances can’t see more than you want them to see.

To create a friends list, click on Friends on your home page and then click the Edit Friends button. You’ll see a list of all your friends, and a button at the top of screen named Create a List. Enter a descriptive name for the list (e.g. Family or Work) and select people to add to that list. Remember you can add people to more than one list.

Set the Privacy

From your home page, click on Account and select Privacy Settings from the list. This will take you to where you can control who can see your information. Now you get to start using those lists!

Start with the Connecting on Facebook section at the top and click on View Settings. This will show you everything you can control, from your birthday and phone number to what you post as your status. Click on the button next to an item and you can now select Everyone, Friends, or other settings, including Custom. If you click on Custom, now you get to set everything. You can use lists to set exactly who can see what information, and who your information is hidden from. Start typing in the name of a friend or a list and Facebook will fill it in for you.

Go back to the Privacy screen and look at the next section, Sharing on Facebook. Click on the Customize settings button. This works the same way as the first section.

Take special note of a setting halfway down the screen, Include me in “People Here Now” after I check in. This can let people see where you are in real time. Unless you’re very sure of what this entails, I recommend you uncheck the Enable button.

Check It Out! (or, What Did I Forget?)

There are a lot of controls here, and it can be confusing at times. You’ll want to make sure you have set up the privacy controls exactly the way you meant to set them.

On any of the pages where you’ve been setting privacy, there is a Preview My Profile button and you will see a torguard promo code option which can be claimed right after the completion of checking and the coupon can be used for the purhcase. Click on this and it’ll show you what your Facebook profile looks like to most people. There’s also a space for you to type a friend’s name. Type in someone’s name here and instantly you’ll see what they’d see when they visit your page. Remember those lists? The really cool part is that if you preview what your page looks like for one person, you know that everyone who’s on the same lists will see the same view.

Be Aware

Facebook is a lot of fun, and you shouldn’t feel like you have no control just because you choose to be on Facebook. The most important point to keep in mind is to be aware of what you share, and stay in control.

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