Configuring FaceBook Privacy Settings

While there are many people who use FaceBook to keep in touch with family, friends, co-workers, as well as other people, many of those people may not know about the various security settings that FaceBook has to offer or how to use them.

Configuring your security settings on FaceBook is quick and simple and can help to keep your information safe from people whom you do know want to have access to it.

If you would like to view or configure your FaceBook account’s security settings, you can do so by logging into your account and then clicking on the “Account” button, which is located in the top right of the FaceBook interface. From there, you should click on the “Privacy Settings” link, which will take you to the security settings page.

On the FaceBook Privacy Settings page, there are six different privacy and security options that you can view and configure, including “Connecting on FaceBook”, “Sharing on FaceBook”, “Apps and Websites”, “Block Lists”, and “Controlling How You Share”. Each of these options has different effects on your FaceBook account’s privacy and security and can be used to decide who gets to view what on your profile and who does not.

The first security and privacy option on this page is the “Connecting on FaceBook” link, which when clicked, takes you to a page where there are seven different settings that have to do with how other people can find your FaceBook account, how they can contact you, as well as what information on your profile they can see.

The second option on the “Choose Your Privacy Settings” page is the “Sharing on FaceBook” option, which you can use to control which information you share with other users. There are four different preset privacy settings that you can choose for this, which are “Everyone”, “Friends of Friends”, and “Friends Only”. There are also “Recommended” settings, as well as the ability to set “Custom” settings, so you can manually decide who is able to view what information on your FaceBook profile.

The next security and privacy option would be the “Apps and Websites” section, which provides you with information as to how many FaceBook applications you use, as well as the most recent applications that you have used along with the date that you last used a particular application.

Also on this page, users can view and configure which information is available to third-party applications, who is able to see which apps you use, which information you are able to see about a friend on an application’s website, as well as whether or not you would like a preview of your FaceBook profile to be shown when someone does a search for you using a search engine, such as Google.

Another section that allows users to configure their FaceBook security is the “Block Lists” section. This section enables users to block users from sending application invites, event invites, or to block someone altogether.

In order to block someone from sending application or e-mail invites, you should type their name into the text field, which should start auto-suggesting names for you. Once you have entered or selected the name of the person you would like to block from sending you application or event invites, you can press the “Enter” or “Return” key to block them.

If you would like to block someone altogether, which means that neither you, nor the person being blocked, will be able to see each other’s profiles anymore, you can enter the person’s name or e-mail address into the respective text field, and click on the “Block” button. You can, however, unblock a user by clicking on the “Blocked Users” link, and choosing to unblock them.

Also on the FaceBook “Privacy Settings” page, is a link to a “Controlling How You Share” guide, which provides users with information about a variety of different privacy tools and options.

Hopefully this post has been able to help FaceBook users understand the different security settings that are available to them and how to better use them.

Do you have any tips or tricks on how to have a safe and secure account on FaceBook? If so, please feel free to post them in the comments section below!



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