Facebook Privacy Settings | Steps to Secure Your Privacy Settings

Facebook Privacy Settings | Steps to Secure Your Privacy Settings: Since Facebook’s privacy scandals have been in the press, Facebook’s privacy settings have recently undergone a significant shift. In reaction to the Cambridge Analytica debacle, where the political consulting company illegally used the data of approximately 87 million Facebook users while working for the election campaign of Donald Trump, introduced the most recent amendment.


Facebook users have attempted to improve their privacy ever since the controversy broke. According to the Pew Research Center, in the six months immediately following the argument, more than half of users changed their privacy settings. Four out of 10 users have also left Facebook, and 25 percent have removed their device from the Facebook app.

Here are some quick but necessary adjustments to make to your privacy settings on Facebook to help you regain control of your account.

Steps to Secure Your Privacy Settings

1. Remove Personal Information

You asked to fill out your profile with details such as your phone number, hometown, what school you went to, etc., when you signed up for Facebook. You may have added all of this without worrying too much about it or thinking it might help friends find you.

Instead, people may use this knowledge to steal your identity. For instance, if your high school is right there on your profile, it’s simple for a hacker to find out your high school mascot and then fill out security questions to break into your bank account. It’s also likely that this information will be filled in by Facebook based on your images and updates, without you entering it yourself.

In your Facebook privacy settings, delete this information by going to your profile and clicking ‘About’ below your name and timeline photo. Work your way through and section before you delete your results.

You will be able to remove each piece of information when you click on each section on the left by clicking on ‘options’ next to the lock image on the right.

When you signed up, you probably used your real email address as well, and maybe your phone number too. Facebook and advertisers can link your account to your email and other social platform accounts when you use your real email and phone number. Replace your Facebook email with Blur’s ‘masked’ email address. Then, with a strong password created by Blur, change your Facebook password. If you’re using repeat passwords for multiple accounts, it’s easier to guess them for hackers. You protect yourself from this kind of guesswork by using a unique, strong password for every site. And don’t worry, to help you keep track, Blur has a password manager service!

You can also make sure that your email is restricted to friends and shielded from your timeline. Nobody can see it this way.

2. Control who can see your information

First of all, you’ll want to go through your list of friends and make sure you know everyone there. Know, these individuals will see anything you write, so make sure that you have a reasonable level of confidence with them. Be on the lookout to give you friend requests for bot and impostor accounts.

Select ‘View As’ on your Facebook profile to the right of your name. You would be allowed to see what is public on your user profile, i.e., what if they were not your ‘Friend’ a person might see. This will encourage you to make sure you don’t share something that you don’t want publicly.

3. Limit Your Audience in Facebook Privacy Settings

Go to your Facebook Privacy Shortcuts, and at the bottom of the first page, press “See more privacy settings.”

Here, you can guarantee that only individuals you know can access your posts. Next, ensure that only friends can access your future messages (the top line). “Limit Past Posts, “Limit Past Posts.

By making sure that only ‘Friends of Friends’ can reach you, you can reduce unnecessary friend requests (the fourth line).

4. Control Tagging

Tap on ‘Timeline and Marking’ from the privacy shortcuts page on the left-hand bar. Ensure that only ‘people’ can post and see stuff on your timeline that others have shared. You’re probably going to want to make sure that only friends will see things in which you’ve been ‘tagged,’ that is, something someone else has shared about you. By turning on ‘Review’ to add an extra layer of protection, you will be able to review anything that a friend has marked you before it appears on your timeline.

5. Remove Access to Third-Party Apps

You have also found that you are given the option to ‘Login with Facebook’ when logging in to apps such as Spotify or Instagram. It may be nice, but it also enables these apps to access your Facebook data, such as your birthday, friends list, and other information they don’t need to know. In the Applications and Websites section, go to your privacy settings and uninstall any apps or pages you do not use or that you do not trust.

6. Opt-Out of Interest-Based Ads

Go to the preferences for your Facebook ad and go through each section. Pay careful attention to the “Advertisers You Interacted With,” “Your Information,” and “Ad Settings” parts. You can disable information shared with advertisers in “Your Information,” including your relationship status, employer, job description, and education.

There are three options under “Ad Settings”:

  1. “Ads which are based on data from partners”: This is how, depending on your activity outside of Facebook, Facebook tailors advertising to you. For example, after looking at a specific coat on Amazon, you may have noticed how you see advertisements for it on Facebook. Click on “not allowed” to avoid seeing ads like this.
  2. “Ads based on activity on Facebook Company Products that you see elsewhere”: Facebook and its “Company Products,” such as Instagram, share your activity information with external marketers. For example, if you read an article on Facebook about the best smartphone, you can post it so that you can see online advertising for smartphones elsewhere. Click on “not allowed” to avoid seeing ads like this.
  3. “Ads that include social actions”: With this setting on, your friends could see advertisements with the line “Jen liked X Company” or “Jack was at Y Restaurant.” In this setting, click “no one” to prevent your friends from seeing your ad interactions.

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7. Remove Your Activity Data

You can edit your activity log so that Facebook no longer has a comprehensive account activity log. Go to your activity log, and unwanted records are removed.

Pro tip: to automate the process, use the extension of the Social Book Post Manager on Google Chrome. Your posts aren’t necessarily going to be deleted, but Facebook no longer has a comprehensive activity log.

8. Protect Yourself on Messenger

Facebook may have access to your call and text message history if you have your contacts synced on your Facebook Messenger app. Go to the messenger to turn this off and click on your profile picture on the top left. Then, on the menu, click ‘People’ and toggle on Upload Contacts.

Facebook Privacy Settings Can Keep You Safe

For so many things, we rely on Facebook – keeping in contact with friends, discovering activities in our cities, or even networking to find jobs or roommates. These tips will help you stay healthy. Your privacy, yours, is just that. All of your personal details you shouldn’t have to give up just because an organization says you should.

Finally, check out our how-to post for step-by-step guidance if you just want to delete your Facebook account.

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