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Facebook is a great way to stay connected with friends and family. But it’s become such an everyday part of life that most of us don’t even think twice before we click submit and send out vacation …

Facebook is a great way to stay connected with friends and family. But it’s become such an everyday part of life that most of us don’t even think twice before we click submit and send out vacation plans, pictures of our kids, or rants about a bad day at work. What the average Facebook user may not know, is exactly who has access to all of that personal information.

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  • 1. Facebook Profile Facebook is a great way to stay connected with friends and family. But it’s become such an everyday part of life that most of us don’t even think twice before we click submit and send out vacation plans, pictures of our kids, or rants about a bad day at work. What the average Facebook user may not know, is exactly who has access to all of that personal information. Facebook is constantly changing their privacy policies, but there are some simple steps you can take to stay up to date and be more conscious of who has access to your profile. Set Strict Privacy Settings Image via Flickr dannysullivan
  • 2. One of the first things you should do after you buy your tablet is to log into your Facebook and look to the top right hand corner of the screen for the gear symbol. When you click it, you’ll get a drop down menu that gives you options for account settings, privacy settings, and log out. Account settings will take you into your general information, like passwords and email addresses. It’s important to change your password every few months to avoid getting hijacked by spam bots, but the most important part is the privacy setting. This option lets you decide who can see your posts, personal information, and pictures. Everything is automatically set to “public” since it’s a social media site. This means people are able to see your pictures, status updates, and “about” information. Depending on how much you choose to add to your “about” section, this can possibly be dangerous. The safest road to take is to make most, if not everything, “friends only.” In the basic privacy settings, you can also decide who is able to send you friend requests and look you up by name. If you don’t want to get contacted for that high school reunion, the “friends only” setting is perfect for you. Manage Your Timeline and Tags One of the worst feelings is getting that email that says someone has tagged you in a photo. This usually happens when you’re far from a computer and
  • 3. unable to delete it before your grandmother, boss and third grade best friend get a chance to take a look. By changing the timeline and tagging settings on the left side of the privacy setting screen, you can decide who’s allowed to post on your timeline, tag you in photos, and see the things that make it on to your profile. The best part is that you can set it so that anything you’re tagged in has to be reviewed and accepted by you before it goes on your wall. Block Apps and Ads Facebook can become very overwhelming with the non-stop rush of information, invites, ads and games. In the “blocking” section of the privacy setting, you can enter the name of someone who constantly bombards you with invites to things you’ll never attend and all future invites from them will be automatically ignored. The same goes for annoying game requests. If you have zero interest in playing Candy Crush Saga, add it to the block list and you’ll never hear from it again. If it’s not the updates and invites that bother you, but the person behind it all, you can block them too. Blocking someone completely prevents both parties from being able to see or interact with each other at all. It’s a bold move, but it can be reversed.
  • 4. Apps and invites are annoying but not of much concern to you and your privacy. What’s very concerning is Facebook’s possibility of allowing thirdparty sites to use your name and pictures in ads. As of now, they don’t allow this but as you’ll see in the “Ads” section in the privacy setting, they may allow it in the future. You can set your preferences now to “no one” just incase this starts sometime in the near future. Similarly, the “social ads” setting allows your “likes” to be imbedded into ads and then displayed on your friends’ walls. If you’re not into that either, you can set it to display for “no one” and breathe a bit easier. These are just a few of the privacy precautions you can take to avoid prying eyes, but it’s a great place to start. As Facebook continues to change, you’ll need to remain diligent in making sure you and your information are secure. What are some pet peeves you have when it comes to Facebook privacy? Leave a comment below. source : http://www.socialappshq.com/blog/2013/10/16/how-to-prevent-unwanted-eyes-from- seeing-your-facebook-profile/ http://www.socialappshq.com/

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