A Guide to Digital Privacy
A major necessity when it comes to social media is to be able to control what people can and cannot see on your profile. This is known as privacy settings. It is vital to review what your privacy settings are set to on any given platform especially social media. Facebook is a largely used social media which allows users to set their own privacy settings. To access these features, Facebook has a drop-down menu right beside the ‘Quick Help’ question mark icon. Click the drop-down menu and go to settings. From there the privacy settings should be on the left tab.
To start, you could be able to manage and review who can see what you post, who can see your past posts, who can see your friends list and even who can send you friend requests. Another feature that most people don’t know about is the option to have your Facebook not link-able from search engines.
Want some posts made public but some only to a select few? Simply set your privacy settings on public and create a post but before publishing it click the public icon with the drop down menu and select who can see it.
Want to see how your profile looks like from a certain person or the public’s point of view? Click on the Timeline and Tagging tab from the privacy settings and select the ‘Review what other people see on your timeline’ option. In this tab, you could also manage who can tag you in what and if others are able to see what you’ve been tagged in.
Have an annoying ex that’s been stalking you? Check out the blocking tab. Here, you can block users from viewing your profile, block messages from users, app invites and even have a restricted list of what they can and can’t do.
These are just a few options. Want to check out more tips on privacy settings on other social medias such as Snapchat, Twitter and Youtube? Feel free to check this video out!