Privacy is in the eye of the beholder

We all have a different idea of how private our private lives are. Some of us are willing to share more than others, and some of us aren’t willing to share anything at all. That my friends, is what privacy settings are for.

Every social media platform has some sort of privacy setting. On Instagram we can choose to have our whole profile private and have other users request to follow us, and we can even control who can view our stories, or even comment on our photos. This is actually the bare minimum when it comes to privacy on social media.

While Facebook has the reputation of sharing everything and anything about it’s users, they actually have the most options when it comes to privacy settings — you just need to know how to use them.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not really a fan of having my identity stolen so I keep the privacy settings turned up pretty high. Unless you’re my friend or even a friend of a friend (depending on the setting) you’re not going to see anything.

Start with the basics:

Facebook allows you to adjust who can who can see your stuff, who can contact you, and who can look you up. You can have different setting on each of those sections, it’s completely up to your preferences.

Find under Settings

Individualize it:

Before you post anything onto your timeline (even just sharing a post), you can decide who views it. You can make it completely public, or choose the specific people you want to hide it from, take a look:

Personally, I have most of my family members blocked from seeing what I post…but hey, I don’t know what you’ve been up to!

Exclude yourself:

Sometimes, what happens on a night out should stay there but not all our friends understand that. We need to pull a Taylor Swift in her Kim/Kanye fued and exclude ourselves from the narrative (oh c’mon, you definitely heard about that). Remove that tag before your parents or your boss see it (or maybe the other group of friends you told you were sick in bed…)

Click on that little arrow on the top right of the post and you’ll see this:

If you REALLY hate that picture you can even report it…I’ve been there, I won’t judge!

So those are the important privacy options you need to know when you’re starting out on Facebook. Overtime you will decide what you want to share and what you don’t and you can definitely explore the more intense settings!

-Ariana