With the start of autumn, now is an ideal time to check your Facebook privacy settings. Want to have better control over who sees your photos and posts on Facebook? In three easy steps you can review and adjust your Facebook privacy settings to make sure you’re not over or under sharing!
If you’re comfortable with the public having access to your beach vacation photos, no problem. But if you’d rather restrict your audience to those you’re Friends with, then you may want to double-check your settings. No one likes surprises, even if you’re not a celebrity!
Facebook Privacy Checkup
Facebook has a new tool called Privacy Checkup that makes it easier to check and change your privacy settings. Next time you log into Facebook you may see a pop-up offering you to take a Privacy Checkup:
Go for it! That’s right. Be sure to take advantage of this easy way to check on your Facebook permissions.
Click on Let’s Do It! to get started. Facebook will walk you through the steps.
If you don’t see that pop-up, no worries. You can get to your privacy settings any time by clicking on the lock symbol at the top of any Facebook page.
Step 1: Privacy Settings for Each Post
In Step 1 you check your default privacy setting for what you post. You can see and change the privacy setting for who sees your posts if you don’t choose who sees them.
If your privacy setting is just where you want it to be, you can move on to the next step. If you need to change it, click on the button to choose your default privacy setting. You can choose Public, Friends, Acquaintances, or other groups you have on Facebook.
You can override your default privacy setting when you publish a post. Every time you post something on Facebook you have a choice of how public you want to be. Click on the tab below your post to choose who can see it.
Make sure that the default setting is the audience you feel comfortable with. If you want most of your posts restricted, choose Friends or a group. If you’re trying to promote your business and you want to be found, maybe Public is a better fit for you.
Step 2: Your Apps
In Step 2 you review which apps have permission to access your Facebook account. When you use Facebook to log into apps, you’re granting permission for those apps to access your account and post on your behalf. That’s fine if you’re actually using the apps, using Facebook makes the log in process very convenient.
But if you aren’t using the app any more, well then change your permissions.
☛ See, Clean Up Your Permissions! for more information about permission settings for Facebook and other sites such as Twitter, email and more. Also learn how to schedule automatic reminders for yourself so you can check your permissions.
Step 3: Your Profile
In Step 3 you check your profile information, both for accuracy and for sharing. Make sure your profile info is up-to-date and that you’re sharing it as broadly or narrowly as you’d like.
Although reviewing Facebook photos isn’t part of the Privacy Checkup, you should still check them out after (or before) you do your Checkup. Click on the lock symbol at the upper right corner of your screen and choose See More Settings at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
That opens Privacy Settings and Tools, go to => Who Can See My Stuff => Activity Log. Then click on Photos in the left menu.
While you’re in there, take a look at what other posts and photos you’ve been tagged in and published yourself. Make sure that what’s on Facebook is what you are proud for others to see. No need to show the world anything less than your best!
Why It’s Important to Check Your Facebook Privacy Settings
Chances are you have nothing to hide on Facebook, right? Well, it’s a good idea to be extra sure that’s true. If you have potentially embarrassing or controversial posts and/or photos on Facebook, they may come back to haunt you. Potential employers and college admissions officers have been known to make decisions based on social media accounts.
☛ See: The New York Times, They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets
This infographic from Facebook has helpful suggestions on how to clean up your Facebook profile before you enter the job market: