Facebook privacy issues: A comprehensive list of what to look out for

Facebook privacy issues to look out for

Are you worried about Facebook privacy issues? Now that Facebook Graph Search allows users to see hidden Facebook photos and see everything someone has liked since 2009, it’s more important than ever to secure the content you upload. Make sure your online privacy is protected and your family photos stay secure by looking out for these red flags on Facebook.

How to protect your privacy on Facebook

The first step in eliminating Facebook privacy issues is to understand your privacy settings. The image below from Facebook 101 demonstrates the different levels of privacy that your Facebook account offers.

Make sure you aren’t sharing “Public” updates

You will want to edit all of your settings to make your posts and photos visible to friends at the most. Navigate to your settings and go to “Privacy Settings.” Edit who can see your future posts to “Friends” and use the “Limit Past Posts” feature to make everything you’ve shared up until then private as well.

Use lists to segment your audience

Once you make sure your posts can’t be viewed publicly by just anyone, you can utilize the list function to customize what content different groups can see. You can create lists for Family, Colleagues, Best Friends, College Friends and more. You can then select the group whom you want to see an update or photo.

The image below from Wired shows us how to create custom friend lists. Navigate to the “Friends” icon in the left side of your News Feed. Hover over “Friends” and click “More,” then add friends to lists.

To create a new list, hover over “Friends” on the left side of your News Feed and click “More.” Select “Create List” then enter a new name for the list of friends you’d like to add. Once you create these lists, you can share posts, updates and photos with a specific list.

Make sure Timeline Review is on

Turning on Timeline Review means that you get to “Approve” any post that someone else tags you in before it shows up on your timeline. That means if someone posts a photo of you that you don’t want your friends to see, you have the option of declining a tag.

To turn on Timeline Review, go to “Settings” > “Timeline and Tagging” > “Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your Timeline.” Then, select “Edit” and “Enabled” in the options.

Disable location tracking

Facebook can see where you are sending messages from, where you’re posting from and where you’re purchasing from. It also collects location information from the photos you share, unless you make sure to turn off Location Services on your mobile device. If you don’t want to turn off your phone’s GPS, go into your Facebook settings, find “Apps” and click “Apps Other Users” then scroll to “Current Location.” Make sure it isn’t selected so Facebook knows you don’t want your location seen.

Further Reading

Want more tips? Check out 11 ways to protect your privacy on Facebook from The Telegraph and How to protect your privacy on Facebook from The Download Blog.

You can also check out Sherish, a new and private way to share photos with your friends and family. Unlike Facebook, it’s completely secure by default and gives you complete control and ownership of all the photos you upload. In addition to being a great photo sharing app, you can also upload and store your entire photo library with unlimited storage space at your photos’ original resolution.

How do you protect yourself from Facebook privacy issues? Share your methods in the comments below!

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