Facebook privacy is something every single man, woman, and child should be aware of and concerned about in this world of high-technology, especially with the upswing in online criminal activity and identity theft.
So many of my friends and family are now on Facebook or one of the other social networking sites.
Because of this, they are now extremely concerned about their safety and Facebook privacy.
Most everyone posts pictures, information, talk about their lives, plans, travel, and some add personal information such as full name, address, phone number, without giving this a second thought.
This makes Facebook privacy even more important.
See the list below for some safety tips to take while online for Facebook privacy.
This particular setting is one that is widely used for Facebook privacy.
A normal setup for different groups is usually “Friends”, “Family and Professional” and allows you to create separate privacy policies for the different groups.
This protects your Facebook privacy to the degree that if you went out to party and had a photo posted that showed you in a “not so good light”, you certainly would not want anyone but your friends or family to see these. (You may not even want them to see these!)
In any case, you wouldn’t want to jeopardize your career or work relationships by allowing anyone outside of your family or friends to see these photos.
So many users are not even aware of their friend’s lists.
This is a feature that allows you to create private groupings of friends based on your own preferences.
Customize allows you to specify the people you want to block or share with individually.
Contact information includes your personal phone number and email.
This Facebook privacy setting is important and easy to set, but I don’t believe people really think much about doing this, or it is easy to forget to do.
The important thing to remember is, we don’t want just anyone having access to this information and people we don’t know having the ability to contact us at will.
Just doing this one simple step for Facebook privacy will save you untold headaches of being bothered with “undesirables” that may wish you harm.
This is an excellent practice to get into for your own peace of mind.
If you're one of those people who love being on Facebook or, have a business you promote on any one of the list of social networking sites you must be vigilant in the protection of your privacy.
There are just too many scammers and hackers that are more than willing to use any of your personal information found on one of these sites to steal your possessions and make you a victim of identity theft and more.
It is unbelievable what the social networks share with the rest of the world.
For an example go to, Zesty.com/facebook to use their tool to see what’s public.
Click through all the fields to see everything that’s public.
This tool will not include shared application info or the “instant personalization feature” of Facebook.
The next Item to take into account is the Facebook privacy protection guide.
I believe it is also important to keep your friendships private. Not all your friends want to have their information made public.
Visibility is not only a criminal's/scammer's dream, but is also used for marketing purposes, scams and many other things that put your security at risk!
This problem is such a classic involving the social networking sites.
I have included a link to a chart that shows and breaks down all the numerous setting categories that you need to be aware of and make sure you review.
I know…it’s a pain to do but, it will be worth your while so you can visually see all the areas that a scammer can attack.
I can’t stress enough that you be consistent in the protection of your visibility and privacy when it comes to not only the social networking sites but, any time you are online.
This doesn’t stop your Facebook friends from sharing and accessing your personal data, but it deletes the personal data from partner sites.
This is another critical step to take for Facebook privacy.
To do this you need to manually block each site by doing the next few steps.
Make sure you un-check all the boxes unless, of course, you want particular friends to publicly share any of those types of information.
Facebook has over 400 million users and gets a ridiculous amount of traffic from showing user profiles in search engines.
At this point and time, Facebook only displays in the search profile a list of your friends, your profile picture, a link to send you a message, a link to add you as a friend and a list of up to about 20 fan pages that you become a member of.
You are able to control the public search listing of visibility to Google and other search engines.
If you prefer, you may select another group such as “My Networks and Friends” which is the default.
Many people want to be displayed in the search engines as a way for people to find them, especially if they haven’t created their own website.
Facebook, of course, ranks very high in search results; so if you make your search profile you will make it much easier to be located.
I know many people that would rather not be in Facebook’s search result and would rather be removed and keep a low profile. To do so, follow these steps:
Facebook by default makes visible your presence to the network you are in.
So many people are not aware of how visible they are, so modifying this setting is one of the first things users might wish to do for Facebook privacy.
I discussed this problem to some extent in the beginning of this page at tips for more information.
So many Facebook, Myspace, and other networking sites have had members post very regrettable pictures on their site when they partied too much, showed themselves to be drunk, and other very regrettable actions.
They also didn’t think about the long-term effects of their actions, and paid the price.
Preventing that “old infamous” photo that is tagged from showing up on all your friends’ sites and news feeds is fairly easy.
You may also make selected tagged photos visible to only your personal choice of users and add them to the box under “Some Friends” option.
After you select “Some Friends” a box will be displayed and you may type either a “friend list” or, “individual's friends.
Have you ever had a friend post something that totally embarrasses you, causes undue emotional stress, or may cause you to lose your job because the post or photo was not “work friendly”?
Many members have faced this very situation. You may only use Facebook for business, but that doesn’t necessarily apply to your friends.
This is one of the reasons that Facebook has provided it's members with the option to customize the visibility of your wall postings.
Visibility Of The Wall Posting
Controlling who posts to your wall is also an excellent option to do besides adjusting the visibility of the wall posting.
This is something that is not always necessary, but you may find there are certain people whom you Don"t want to post to your page.
You can select specific friend lists that are able to post to your wall.
You can also limit the people that can posts any wall posts on your profile.
This is a commonly overlooked area to protect. Uploading your photos doesn’t guarantee every photo you’ve tagged is accurate.
I know most people turn off their visibility of their tagged photos to their list of certain friends, but keep their photo albums public for anyone to see.
This will allow you to insure only the people of your choosing are able to view your photos and yet you are able to store your photos indefinitely on Facebook with a feeling of safety.
It was recently announced that Facebook is disabling a feature temporarily that gave access to some of the most sensitive personal data it possesses to app developers such as your phone number and address.
Facebook quietly put this feature in, but is suspending it until it can somehow “fine tune” it.
It would have been nice to send an announcement and explanation to it’s members as to why they felt this shouldn’t be considered a privacy issue.
Also announced by Facebook, was that its app partners would be allowed to store your data on an indefinite basis rather than having to re-request it every 24 hours.
This is really all about network management and may not seem like a big change.
If that doesn’t scare you---It should!!!
All of these apps have access to your profile…Not good!
Be aware of the choices you make in the posts or photos you put on your pages or what you allow others to post on your site.
Being more particular of the decisions you make and of the long term consequences, can go along way for your peace of mind.
Facebook privacy is a very important consideration for the security of our personal information. I don’t believe you have to become obsessive with this, but it is an excellent tool to use against scammers and becoming a victim of identity theft.