How to Manage your Facebook Privacy Settings?

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Social media has become a very important part of everyday life which is evident from how users do not hesitate to post their personal feelings out to an unknown audience. With an audience so diverse there are chances that your personal information is breached and used against you without your knowledge. According to researchers mentioned in a blog on social media on Forbes by Thomas Fox-Brewster, hackers can control Facebook account with only your phone number and some skills to exploit the SS7 network. SS7 is core element of telecommunication infrastructure which is shown vulnerable for a long time. According to New York Daily News, Facebook accounts are hacked 600,000 times daily during user login. Based on another stat from Internet Powerhouse, with over 1 billion logins each day, 0.06% of those logins are compromised. With personal information at such a huge risk, we need to understand some of the basic privacy settings on the most used social media platform “THE FACEBOOK”.

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1) Choosing your audience: You can selectively choose the audience whom you want to read your posts with the help of the privacy settings on the post. You can also use this tool to change the audience on the previous posts.

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2) Select who can contact you: You can select who can send you friend request by editing appropriate option besides “Who can send you friend request?”

3) Select who can find you: On the privacy settings on your Facebook profile, click edit next to “Who can look you up using the email address you provided?”, Who can look you up using the phone number you provided? and “Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile?” and click the best option that suits you.

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4) Choose where you are associated: With the timeline and tagging settings you can select who can view the posts that you are tagged in, select the audience of the post that you are tagged in. Additionally, you can also review the tagged post or post on your timeline before the selected audience can see it.

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5) Choose who you don’t want to notice: With multiple Blocking settings, you can block someone who you think is not safe. This means, you cannot see any posts from him and they cannot find you in any way on Facebook. This is very useful tool for serious scenarios where you are feeling threatened or unsafe on the online platform.

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You can find advanced privacy settings on Facebook’s help page. It is always a good idea to know who is watching you from behind the screen.

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