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An Ultimate Guide to Facebook Privacy And Security

The planet’s biggest social networking site, Facebook has billions of users worldwide but half of its users, or should we  say more than half of its users are not aware about the privacy and security settings of their account. These settings enable the users  to keep their information safe and share only amongst the users/friends they wants

And as a result, tons of Facebook accounts are being hacked, or spammed daily by the spammers and the bad guys. This makes this issue more viral, as once your account is hacked, spammers use your account to spam all your friends as well by sending malicious app or links in the messages and status updates with eye-catchy titles. We think this is our friend, who’s posting but actually there’s always someone else behind the scene.

Facebook provides the Privacy settings by which you can hide the information, photos and anything that you don’t want to make public, but the problem is, users don’t know how to configure the best privacy settings for the maximum security of their account.

We being an authority on the topic and being one of the best web blog on Facebook, always try to guide, aware the users. So, this time too, this is our prime responsibility to guide our readers as well as the other FB users on how to configure Facebook Account for maximum privacy and security. And it’s your prime responsibility after reading the article to share this with your loved ones to keep them aware too.

So, without wasting much more time, lets dig into it. We’ll show how should configure your General, Privacy and security settings according to comfort level of sharing.


General Settings

We’ll first check out the General settings, just click the drop down arrow button at the top right corner of Facebook blue bar and then click ‘Settings’ or if you’re logged in FB, you can click this link https://www.facebook.com/settings it will take you directly there.

Facebook Privacy Settings Under ‘General’ Tab ~ FacebookFever.Com

 

1 : Use a separate e-mail address for Facebook, never and ever use your banking or personal email address because in case if it hacked, then it will be great trouble for you. There are many free email providers like Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, use any to create a free dedicated Facebook email address.

2 : Create a strong, secure password that should contain a capital letter, number and a symbol. Never use the same password for any online service, you can use the Password Manager like LastPass (Our favorite) to store password and login to online services with a click.


Security Settings:

Click the security tab at the left side.

Facebook Security Settings ~ FacebookFever.Com

 

1. Enable Login Notifications – This will let you know, when your account has been accessed from an unknown device via a Text message or email.

2 . Require Login Approvals – This will require you to enter code sent to you via Text message, if Facebook doesn’t recognize your device. This method gives an extra level of security to your account and prevents it from hacked. Either you can enable text notification or can use the code generator in Facebook android app on your smartphone.

3. Code Generator – As said before, It gives you the code  in your Facebook android app to complete login approvals.

How Facebook Code Generate Works?

4. App Passwords – App passwords are created to securely login into third-party apps like Skype, Spotify where you’ve registered using your Facebook account. Use app passwords so that you don’t have to wait for the Facebook login code and its a best way to keep your profile safe. Note that this password is different from your login password. Read this article to know more about App password.

5. Trusted Contacts – Set up a List of your Trusted contacts to get back your account in case of hacked using your trusted contacts. This article will help you to get started with Facebook Trusted Contacts.

6. Trusted Browsers – By choosing a browser as Trusted, you’ll not get the login notification on these devices. We recommend don’t save any browser as Trusted and log out after every Facebook sessions. If you earlier selected some devices, click the link and remove all from the list using the ‘x’ sign in front of the browser.

7 . Where you’re logged in – This will show locations and devices currently logged into your account. Check  if all the sessions/devices you recognise, click end activity, if you see any unfamiliar device.

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Privacy Settings

Click Privacy from the left tab.

Facebook Privacy Settings and the Privacy Tools ~ FacebookFever.Com

1.  Set your default privacy/sharing option to Friends, though you can also select the privacy option while updating post, pictures etc., if you need to change for an individual post.

2. Using activity log is the best way to get rid of unwanted tagging in status and profile pictures. Your all tagging stories i.e photos, posts will be move to your Activity log before going public on your profile, review them according to your preferences. You’ll find it in your profile right bottom side of your cover photo.

3. Limit the audiences of your past posts on your timeline according to your preference.

4. Set who can send you friend requests. You have to make this ‘everyone’ , if you wants that your old school buddies can contact you.

5 . Select which type of filtering you need for your account. Selecting strict filtering will lead to the unknown messages to the Facebook ‘other’ folder.

6. Set who can look you up to friends.

7. Don’t allow search engines to link/index your timeline.


Timeline and Tagging

Click the Timeline and tagging link in the left side.

Facebook Timeline And Tagging Privacy Options ~ FacebookFever.com

1. Set who can post stuff on your timeline to friends.

2. Enable review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline?

3.  ‘Views As’ is a great feature to check out how your profile looks to public. Click ‘View as’ check your public profile or by entering a friend’s name. It will give you an idea what your stuff is shown to public and friends.

4. Enable the review tags people add to your own posts before it goes public.

5. Set the tag suggestion to ‘No One’ to prevent from unwanted tag suggestion.


Manage Blocking

Click the ‘Blocking’ tab in the left side of the page.

Facebook Blocking Settings ~ FacebookFever.Com

1. In this section you can manage all the people, applications, event that you have blocked or you wants to block anything. It’s a good thing to block friends whose account are either hacked or spammed by malicious app and unblock them after their account reclaim. This thing keeps your personal information safe from hackers and spammers.

2. Use ‘Restricted List if you have some people in your friends list whom you don’t wants any stuff to reach except the public posts. For ex. Your Boss, you can’t unfriend him/her and also don’t wants to show your posts.

3. Use app blocking to get rid of unwanted app/game requests from some friends. Enter the app name as well as the friend name to restrict the annoying app invitation.


Notifications Settings

Click the ‘Notification’ tab at the left side.


Mobile Settings

Click the mobile tab at the left side of the page.


Followers Settings

Click on the ‘Followers’ tab at the left side of the page.

If you enable followers in your account, the followers will be able to see your Public posts like the people in your ‘Restricted’ list do. Set the other options as per your preference. Follow me to get my latest Facebook Updates.


Manage Apps and settings

Click the ‘Apps’ on the left side of the page And be on ‘Logged in with Facebook’ tab.

Manage Facebook Apps ~ FacebookFever.Com

1. Here you’ll be shown all apps that you authorised earlier, if you see any suspicious app and the apps that you’re not using, click ‘x’ to remove it and click the pencil button by hovering on the app icon to check all data this app is accessing from your timeline.
The apps which requesting complete access and chat to your Facebook account, are big danger, these type of apps put spam links in the message of your friends, put spam links in your status etc. , giving permission for complete access to your account means that app can do everything that you can do.

2. If you’re no more interested in Facebook games, apps, plugins and you don’t login using Facebook on websites, we recommend you to Turn Off Facebook App Platform to get rid of all Facebook games notifications from friends and restricting your data to use from third-party apps and websites.

3. Disable the Instant Personalization, its of no use, you’ll lose your personal information on third-party instant personalized enabled websites.

4. Apps other use – Set the info that can be use by the apps that your friends use. We recommend, uncheck, all boxes for the maximum privacy and security of your account.

5. Old versions of Facebook for mobile – This settings control the privacy of the stuff you post from old version of Facebook for mobile, which don’t have audience selector. We recommend set it ‘Friends Only


Facebook Ads Settings

Click the ‘Ads’ tab at the left side of the page.


Support Dashboard

Here, you can check the status of your reports and enquiries filed. The notifications and messages regarding your reports and enquiries will be shown here too.


Quick Privacy Shortcuts

Click the padlock icon at the top right bar near the notification icon.

1. Who can see my stuff?

Facebook Privacy Check Up ~ FacebookFever.com

2. Who can contact me?

Who can contact me on Facebook?

3. How Do I Stop Someone from bothering me?

Manage Facebook Blocking

Facebook Friend List Privacy Check Up

Facebook Friends List Privacy Settings ~ FacebookFever.com

Set Privacy Timeline Profile Information/About Page

Click the ‘About’ tab from your Facebook profile.

We recommend the following settings :


Final Thoughts

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