Facebook Privacy settings and Tools
As exciting as it is to have opened a Facebook account for the first time, it is important to go through the initial steps of configuring in the privacy settings.
People will always be posting content on social media and each type of content will have some specific recipient. The purpose of the privacy settings is to ensure that the actual recipient of that content is the intended one.
This module is to guide people on how to utilize Facebook privacy settings to protect themselves.
The following steps are needed to go to Facebook privacy settings.
Facebook has seven privacy settings divided into three categories:
Who can see my Stuff?
· Who can see your future posts?
From the moment you change the setting (i.e. from public to friends) every post from then on will be seen only by who you allow. The good part about this setting is that it provides a lot of options that includes pre-set options and customizable options. The customize option lets you share content with the choice of your people, such as sharing family pictures with family members.
· Limit the audience for posts you’ve shared with friends of friends or public?
This setting determines who can see the content you have already posted. You have the option to individually change the audience of your posts by going to the post you want to change and choosing a specific audience.
· Who can see your friends list?
This determines who can see you are friends with.
Who can contact me?
· Who can send you friend requests?
This one determines who is able to send you a friend request with possible options being friends of friends or everyone. We should not worry about this setting because we always have to option of rejecting a friend request.
Who can look me up?
· Who can look you up using the email address you provided?
This setting allows people to search you by using the email address used to log into Facebook. It is another method for people to find you on Facebook with you being able to control who can search for you by using your email address. This setting can be useful if you have multiple Facebook accounts with the same name but have different email addresses to login, or even if other people have the same name as you.
· Who can look you up using the phone number you provided?
This setting is the same as the previous one but instead of using email it uses your phone number to search for you on Facebook.
· Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile?
This privacy setting makes your Facebook account searchable through search engines like google. Although, this does not change the permissions for accessing anything you post.
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