Let’s Build a Wall- - A Simple Beginner’s Guide to Facebook Privacy
Chances are if you’re reading this guide, you’re probably a bit clueless on how the whole Facebook privacy thing works, and you want to make sure you’re allowing the right people to see your content.
Here are a few things a newbie can start with when approaching a more privacy-oriented mindset.
- Status Updates/Content Sharing
The first thing you should know as a Facebook newbie is knowing who can see the content you post/share. So whenever you want to post an update on something, or want to share a piece of content, there is a tab beside the post button which allows you to filter out the audience that can see the specific post. These audience filters include:
- Public (anyone on/off fb)
- Your friends (people you’ve accepted as a friend on fb)
- Friends except (people you’re excluding)
- Specific friends (only a few special ones you want to share with)
- Only me (no one else can see it except for yourself)
So as you can see, there are a bunch of ways you can limit your range of scope when posting/sharing something on Facebook. This is incredibly useful as it is flexible and you probably don’t want to show your boss you’re into xyz amount of cat videos or wanting your friends to know about that one guilty pleasure (although it does add points for authenticity and personality).
2. Profile Viewing
Another thing you need to know is what information people can see when they visit your profile page. This can include the following from above: phone numbers, emails, birthday, hometown, relationship status, family members, biography, etc. All of these can be configured to your liking based on the filters we talked about in #1. When you do this, you can then go to your profile, and click view profile as where you can type in someone’s name, and pretend they’re viewing your profile, allowing you to see what they can actually see on your profile. This is especially useful for people you haven’t added yet and you’re worried about what they might see on your profile.
3. App Settings
Basically, this is a page where it shows all the applications you’ve downloaded/linked with Facebook and any permissions you might have granted the application. This is important to note as well because you might not want people to see what applications you have downloaded, especially because that can increase the chances for social engineering attacks/hackers when they use it to gather any confidential information you might want hidden.
These are a few notable examples that you should start with when you’re starting to use Facebook as a new-ish, daily user as it’s a social platform that integrates with a lot of webpages and apps so you need to be careful with what you post. Especially in such a vastly connected world where anyone can literally see your information if you let them, you have to be careful with who you share all this information with.
Just think about this for a sec, would you open all your doors and windows in your house for all your neighbours and strangers to look at what things you have? Most likely no.