No one can deny from the fact that the social media has become one of the most preferred mediums for connecting to your friends and family; and tremendous increase in the number of users on these platforms is the clear proof of the same. Among all the social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, etc.), Facebook is the one people rely the most. Since its inception in the year 2004, it has built a huge user base. Today, it is also being used for business promotion purposes. Be it its Facebook timeline, Facebook security settings or Facebook privacy settings, this worldwide popular social media website has been updated itself considerably in the past fourteen years.
These updates have been launched to increase the level of security as most of the users upload their personal photographs, videos and other information (mobile number, email ID, etc.). This may sound a bit weird, but it is true that many of the users using this social media website are still oblivious from how to protect their profile.
For all such and other users who are unaware of the necessary settings, we have provided a list of the 2018 privacy settings that can help them secure their profile. These settings are:
Timeline and Tagging Settings to stop the unintentional exposure
To understand this unintentional exposure thing let’s take an example. For instance, your friend has a picture of him with you and he is uploading that on his profile (which is public as he is not aware of the privacy settings or may have done this intentionally) giving access to all the random users view or use that. To make this situation even worse, some of your friends may tag you along with many others in a particular picture that may or may not belongs to you. This is something you cannot control unless you tell him not to upload or to remove that picture from his account. With Facebook’s timeline and tagging settings, you can control this to a great extent.
To change these settings, open Settings and then Timeline and Tagging. Now, change “Who Can Add Things to My Timeline, Who Can See Things On My Timeline, How Can I Manage Tags People Add And Tagging Suggestions” according to your preferences. This would protect your pictures from popping out on every individual’s news feed.
Protecting yourself from the stalkers
At some point of time with Facebook, we all receive random requests from the users we have no idea about. Some of the users send the requests randomly while other with an intention of misusing your information, such as photos, personal videos, etc. You can deal with such users by making changes to your privacy settings. To do this, follow the below mentioned steps:
Open Customized Settings from the Privacy Settings page
Manually customizing various settings like “Who Can See My Stuff, Who Can Contact Me and Who Can Look Me Up”
You can change them from “Everyone to Friends or Friends of Friends”
In this segment, you will also find an option to disable your public search. This means no unknown user can find you on Facebook to send you a friend request. However, this will also limit your known people to see you on Facebook.
The Segmented Friend list
Facebook also allows the users to segment their friend list so that you can easily create privacy for your certain photos you don’t want your specific friends to see. For instance, if you have your family members added to your Facebook profile, then simply click All Friends and then click on Friends button available with each family member and from the drop down menu, click Add to Another List. Create a new list and name it as Family or whatever you want to write.
So the next time you plan for your secret L.A or Bangkok trip with your friends and you don’t want to put yourself in trouble by leaving out any of your family members from viewing it, simply click on Family in the photo(s) privacy settings while uploading.
Facebook has set very strict policies for its user’s account security. For instance, whenever you login your account from any of the device you haven’t logged in before, it will send you a notification on your registered mobile number as well as email ID. This cool feature of the Facebook is really useful in situations when someone tries to hack your account. You can make changes (enable or disable) to this feature by following the below mentioned steps:
Account Settings -> Account Security -> Security (tab from the left pane) -> Select Get Notifications / Don’t Get Notifications -> Email Login Alerts to “firstname.lastname@example.org” / Don’t Get Email Alerts (Optional) -> Save Changes
Friend Requests Settings
You might be unaware of this but when you choosing keeping any individual’s friend request pending, they may see some portion of your profile or some of your updates that have been set as “Everyone”. These public posts may appear on their timeline as well. So, it is advised to take action either Confirm (if you know the sender) or Delete Request. Also, if you want to keep your information and everything you post on your profile then don’t forget to change its settings from “Everyone” to “Friends Only”. You can also customize this setting for specific posts.
If you are facing some other issue with your Account privacy settings then contact Facebook customer support and get an instant solution. The best part of the Facebook helpline number is that it remains active for 24*7.