The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual

The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual

By: Angela Alcorn http://netsav oir.com/ Edited by Justin Pot

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Table of Contents
Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 5 A realistic look at privacy online .................................................................................... 5 Using Facebook’s Privacy Settings .................................................................................... 7 Customise and Preview Settings .................................................................................... 8 Levels of Privacy ............................................................................................................... 9 Who can see your information on Facebook ............................................................ 10 Regarding Minors........................................................................................................ 11 Friends Only: A Quick Universal Setting ....................................................................... 11 Search Results & Google ............................................................................................... 12 Remove Yourself From Facebook Search............................................................... 12 Remove Yourself from Google Search Results ....................................................... 13 Controlling ―Places‖....................................................................................................... 14 Managing Friends With Lists .............................................................................................. 15 Changing privacy settings for certain friend lists ....................................................... 15 Viewing filtered news feed & editing lists ................................................................ 17 Using friends lists to manage chat priv acy ............................................................. 18 Fundamental Privacy Controls......................................................................................... 20 Privacy of your basic updates ...................................................................................... 21 Deleting a Status Update .......................................................................................... 22 Posting on other people's walls ................................................................................ 23 Photo Albums & Tagging............................................................................................... 23 Ev ents Privacy ................................................................................................................. 24 Facebook Message Privacy ......................................................................................... 25 Networks .......................................................................................................................... 26 Groups.............................................................................................................................. 26 Pages ............................................................................................................................... 26 Questions ......................................................................................................................... 27 Controlling who can write on your wall ...................................................................... 27 Control w ho can comment on posts ...................................................................... 28 Control w ho can see posts by friends on your w all ............................................... 29 Control w ho sees photos tagged as you.................................................................... 29

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Customise Settings.......................................................................................................... 31 Things you share.......................................................................................................... 31 Contact information .................................................................................................. 32 Control w ho sees your friend list................................................................................... 33 Basic Directory Information........................................................................................... 33 Allowing people to find you without being too public ......................................... 34 Block Lists ......................................................................................................................... 34 Account Security............................................................................................................ 36 Passwords..................................................................................................................... 37 Logging Out ................................................................................................................ 37 Quitting Facebook ......................................................................................................... 37 Deactivating Your Facebook Account................................................................... 37 Deleting Your Facebook Account........................................................................... 39 Facebook After Death............................................................................................... 39 Other privacy issues to be aw are of............................................................................ 39 General Advice .......................................................................................................... 40 Facebook Privacy in the Future ................................................................................... 40 Regularly check your privacy settings ..................................................................... 40 Managing Applications & Websites ................................................................................ 42 Understanding Facebook Application Privacy Issues ........................................... 43 Managing Application Permissions .......................................................................... 44 Blocking and reporting applications ........................................................................... 45 Managing notifications from applications ................................................................. 46 Further Considerations ...................................................................................................... 47 Consider Your Updates.................................................................................................. 47 Remember Your Privacy................................................................................................ 47 Conclusion .......................................................................................................................... 48

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Introduction
To fully understand priv acy on Facebook, and how it's likely to ev olve, you need to understand one thing. I n short: Facebook executives want everyone to be public . As the service evolves executives tend to fav our open access to information, meaning as time marches on information you think is priv ate will slowly become public. That doesn’t mean you can’t be priv ate if you w ant to; Facebook gives its users t he option to lock things dow n. But users need to be aw are of the controls, how to use them and how to prepare for future Facebook privacy changes. Facebook hasn’t, and w on’t, make this information obv ious, and that’s w here this guide comes in.

A realistic look at privacy online
Think about the reality of your information online. I nformation about you is already av ailable in many places, so you need to remain aw are of the w hole picture in order to keep yourself, your friends and your family safe. Ensure that the information you put online can't be collected to put yourself or anyone you know in danger. For example: I f your name and address appear in the phone book, don't publicly tell people on Facebook w hen you're going aw ay for the w eekend. A basic w ay to guard your priv acy is to behave as if every piece of information online is already public . Given this premise, try not to add anything to a picture that allow s a stranger to know exactly where you w ill be, w here you live or puts you in danger in any w ay. I t's a good idea to understand the many w ays in w hich your privacy could be breached online. I t's not alw ays w hat you might expect. Your friends might share your information w ithout knowing you w anted to keep it priv ate. For example: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Putting photos of you online or tagging you in photos (especially those w hich make it clear w here you w ere at a giv en time). Sharing your phone number, address or child's name. Mentioning publicly that you are going aw ay for the w eekend. Excitedly sharing new s you only w anted a few people to know. Accidentally sharing a screenshot that shows your private information.

Someone might deliberately share your information. For example:

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make sure your friends know w hat it is and w hy. A hacker or ex-friend may deliberately spread misinformation about you. Because of jealousy or rivalry (lov e triangles. Filtering. Someone else might hav e a security breach (virus. while some people may hurt you deliberately. Better still: don't take any. co-workers. This means unflattering party photos taken aren’t seen by ev eryone you know.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf.com Page 6 . Someone might hack into your data. and w hy. Priv acy settings help. I f there is anything you specifically w ant to keep private for any reason. classmates. so that your co-w orkers can't see comments on your w all. w ill limit their exposure to personal comments made by your friends. Don't ev er trust the settings to protect you entirely. so let’s get started! http://netsavoir. siblings). For example: I f you nev er put your sexy bedroom photos on Facebook. tagged by other people. mental health care). For example: You may w ork in a profession where it is prudent to keep your true identity obscured (teaching. exposing your actions to a public court case. are seen only by a specific list of friends. Default priv acy settings may change. There may be a glitch that exposes information. Someone might be tricked or coerced into showing your information as they see it. The trick w ith setting your privacy settings is to consider all possible privacy breaches. You get the idea: human error and technical glitches can and w ill occur. The best defence? Be careful what is online in the first place. People might lie about w ho they are to get your trust (or someone else's). law . but that’s it. Police might legitimately ask to access your data (or a friend's data). The rest of this guide looks at how . Set your priv acy settings so that photos of you are.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual ◦ ◦ After a relationship break-up or a fight betw een friends. Hopefully w e've got you thinking about w hat you need to control. then use the priv acy settings to minimise the possibility of a breach (or reduce the damage caused by a breach). then a Facebook glitch w ill nev er accidentally be make them public. left account logged in). military secrets.

com Page 7 .The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Using Facebook’s Privacy Settings Let’s take a look at the priv acy settings.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. Most privacy setting changes can be accessed through this page. block lists and learning more. shall w e? The Account > Privacy Settings page show s a quick table ov erview of your current priv acy settings. http://netsavoir. There is a ―Customise Settings‖ option in the middle. These are all important priv acy navigation links. and at the top and bottom you can also see links to priv acy controls for directory information. applications.

the current privacy level of each setting is show n to the right of each option. Clicking it w ill rev eal a menu w here you can choose an option. These are your basic priv acy controls. click on ―customise settings‖ in the low er part of the page: On the ―customise settings‖ page. http://netsavoir.com Page 8 . There is a tool here that can help: ―Preview my Profile‖.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. While you're learning about priv acy settings it's good to check that you understand ev erything.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Customise and Preview Settings To customise your basic settings.

http://netsavoir. Levels of Privacy You’ll notice. This w ill come in v ery handy w hen you start experimenting with controlling privacy information. that t here are four main lev els of privacy av ailable.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual This prev iew shows you w hat a normal v isitor to your profile will see. as you change these settings.com Page 9 . If you type a friend's name in the search box it w ill show you exactly w hat that person sees when they v iew your profile.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf.

comments on Facebook help pages. Customise – Here you can set a more fine-grained control over your privacy.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Here’s w hat they mean: Everyone – Absolutely everyone. strangers. show ing up as an attendee at a public ev ent. Friends of Friends – The people your friends are friends with but you hav en't directly called a friend yourself. Using names or friend lists. etc. comments on application help pages. on Facebook or not. limit access for certain friends or a particular setting viewable to ―only me‖. I ncludes your exboyfriend. including: Ensuring your basic priv acy is maintained ev en if you forget. That being said. etc. Not clogging up the new s feed of people you don’t really know. future boss. and a few that can be made a little more priv ate: Things that are always public (ie. There are good reasons for limiting all of your ―posts by me‖. stalker. grandmother. Don't forget: ―Posts by me‖ includes your status updates. Who can see your information on Facebook Let’s say it again: always assume everything is public .com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. I ncludes people at the same party as you last w eek. your name and current profile picture. your gender and your netw orks. there are a few things that are alw ays public. beyond your control) include questions. photos you upload and anything else you might ―post‖ to your w all from applications. http://netsavoir. links you share. your high school friend's aunty.com P a g e 10 . best friend's co-workers. Friends Only – Just the people w ho you hav e called a ―friend‖ on Facebook. you can make things v isible to only certain friends.

Friends Only: A Quick Universal Setting Ov erwhelmed already? Well.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. profile picture. Make this change and only people you’v e allowed to see your profile will be able to do so. if you don’t w ant to spend a lot of time messing around w ith settings. Teenagers should also be reminded to check their security settings before they turn 18: the protection expires then. education. seeing your entire friend list. pages you ―like‖. letting applications your friends use know your information. show ing people which applications you use (and w hich ones you've used recently). posting to your w all. email addresses. address. instant personalisation by Facebook partner sites. and their information is only v isible to friends of friends or their networks. http://netsavoir. current location. Regarding Minors Under-18s hav e a little more protection on Facebook. This is a big security concern. relationships and family. see your w all posts made by your mutual friends. political beliefs. Facebook w ill ensure they do not show up in Google searches. Things which friends of friends can see or do —w hich most people w ant to change to ―friends only‖ or make ev en more private—include photo albums. tagging you in photos. phone numbers. w ork history and your birthday. This means that if a teenager has joined a high school network . gender and netw orks. posting responses on your posts. inv iting you to ev ents. Brow se to Account > Privacy Settings. photos and v ideos you're tagged in. the ―Friend’s Only‖ option is a great first step. religious beliefs. hometown. meaning they can’t see anything about you. interests. IM details. You may also w ish to block a particular user. ability to add you as a friend. Things which your friends can see or do —which most people w ant to change to a subset of friends or make entirely priv ate—include status updates. that netw ork information is v iewable by ev eryone. Even if they change their settings to be public.com P a g e 11 . then click on ―friends only‖ on the left hand side follow ed by ―apply these settings‖.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Things that most people think is private (but are public by default) include Google search results. it means people know where they will be on a regular basis. ability to send you a message. status updates. inviting you to use applications and searching for you on Facebook. allowing websites and applications you use know your information. bio & fav ourite quotes. What is still public to all is their name.

but this is decent. I f your basic priv acy settings are set to ―Friends Only‖ you’re already cov ered. Search Results & Google By default.com P a g e 12 . http://netsavoir. there’s a simple fix. quick solution.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual This is the quickest and easiest w ay to protect your basic privacy needs on Facebook.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. you can’t necessarily trust your friends to not share information. then choose ―View Settings‖ from ―Basic Directory I nformation‖. There are many other important security features and priv acy concerns to note. if not. On the other hand. Remove Yourself From Facebook Search Go to Account > Privacy Settings. Always be careful about w hat you w rite online. all adults can be found in search results w ithin Facebook and v ia search engines such as Google.

Remove Yourself from Google Search Results I f your Facebook search availability is set to ―Ev eryone‖ you can still choose to remov e yourself from Google search results. Either of these options will remove you from public Facebook search results. go to your Account > Privacy Settings and choose ―Applications and Websites‖. Deselect the option to ―Enable Public Search‖. http://netsavoir.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. choose ―Friends Only‖ to be as secure as possible or ―Friends of Friends‖ if you prefer. then ―Edit Settings‖.com P a g e 13 .The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Under ―Search for me on Facebook‖. as w ell as Google search results. Choose the ―Public Search‖ section. To remov e yourself from Google search results.

http://netsavoir.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. Go to Account > Privacy Settings. When it w as deployed. all Facebook users were automatically set to publicly rev eal their location.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Controlling “Places” Facebook Places is Facebook's geolocation feature. but friends are able to tag users as being at a certain location.com P a g e 14 . then change your setting for ―Places I check in to‖ to w hatever you're comfortable with. Not only that. Then uncheck the option to ―I nclude me in 'People here now' after I check in‖. meaning ev en users not intending to tag themselv es could suddenly find their location is public on Facebook.

add photos or add a link you should see a little padlock. choose who you want to chat w ith.com P a g e 15 .The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Managing Friends With Lists Friends lists can be used to filter your new s feed. Changing privacy settings for certain friend lists Almost ev ery privacy setting and update on Facebook can be fine-tuned to be controlled by friends list. For example: w henever you update your status. I t's a v ery powerful privacy tool. click on the ―Friends‖ application. so that you can add friends to the right lists as you connect w ith them on Facebook. Mutual I nterest. make ev ent invitations easier and filter your updates and personal information from certain people. Professional. Conference. Acquaintance. http://netsavoir. you’ll discov er what’s useful for you as w e continue. Click this to set the security level for just that update. A few lists you'll probably w ant to make: Relationship to you: Friends. Then. Family. People you w ant to hear from. From the home page. How much you like them: Best friends. ov erriding general priv acy settings. Social Circle. People you don't w ant to chat to often. They're extremely useful and best set up as soon as possible. at the top you'll see ―Create a List‖. How you know them: Clubs & Associations. School/University. These groups are just recommendations.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf.

com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. You can then choose w ho CAN see the update and w ho CANNOT see the update. but that’s better than a message going out to ev eryone! http://netsavoir. This means that people you'v e forgotten to add to the appropriate lists can't see the element in question by default.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Then choose ―specific people‖. using lists.com P a g e 16 .

Click on the padlock if you w ant to re-enter the settings w e've just been through. Once posted.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Note that the method for filtering priv acy settings by friend list is much the same as it is for an update. you can check the settings by hov ering over the padlock symbol.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. Viewing filtered news feed & editing lists Go to the Friends application from your home page.com P a g e 17 . When you sav e the settings you can continue to post the update as normal. Click ―edit list‖ in the top right and click on w hoever you need to add to or remov e from the list. http://netsavoir. Note that this is also how you v iew filtered news feeds. then click on the list you need to edit.

Ov erly chatty people.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Using friends lists to manage chat privacy Facebook Chat is handy. w ho you w ill only talk to if you're bored and chatty and w ho you'd like to filter out on occasion. the hack to get around this is to pop out the chat w indow. click on chat then click on ―Friends lists. To edit your lists. but if you hav e 500 friends you might not w ant all of them demanding access to your brain. Re-order the lists.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. simply ensure the lists you w ant hav e ticks next to them. Decide w ho you w ant to talk to most. From there. http://netsavoir.com P a g e 18 . then choose ―Pop out w indow‖. Family. For example: Best friends. Go to options. Professional contacts. Manage it all w ith lists.‖ I f the w indow pops up and you'v e run out of space.

The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Drag them around and click ―Finished Re -ordering‖.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf.com P a g e 19 . The grey symbol means that you're now offline for those people. Now you can be online to some people and offline to others. http://netsavoir. To the right of each list is a green symbol – click to appear offline to all on the list.

mailing lists. especially if you don’t know what’s going on.. This w ill send a friend request from you to ev eryone you've ever emailed from that w ebmail account: ex-boyfriends.com P a g e 20 . The next page is ev eryone else in your address book. For example. Also. you’ll be asked if you w ant to search your IM and email contacts: Before you enter anything. since it w ill also find people w ho you don't really know but email from time to time. Sneaky. regardless of w hich email address you enter in to Facebook. De-select everyone RIGHT NOW. teachers.ev eryone. I t w ill find contacts from whichever account you're logged in to .com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. administration staff. I t's worth looking through the list carefully. be aw are: Facebook will remember all your contacts and use that information to suggest connections. huh? The first page is a list of contacts found in your w ebmail account that are already on Facebook.. There may be a few people you want to inv ite. old co-workers. Facebook doesn't make you enter your passw ord in order to upload your contacts. tech support. but de-select everyone first! http://netsavoir. rather than clicking ―select all‖.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Fundamental Privacy Controls Setting up Facebook can be confusing.

ev ent or page. When you tag an ev ent. For example. w ill also make that update appear in that person's profile and in the new s feeds of their friends. group or page and the new s feeds of people following that group. Your priv acy settings can offset this. meaning v isitors to their profile can see recent activity. not only w ill your friends see this on your w all and in their new s feed: the update w ill show up on the w all of the relev ant ev ent.) Tagging a person. I don't know the person who w rote the original status or any of the people w ho w rote the other comments.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Privacy of your basic updates When a Facebook user posts and updates. Depending on the priv acy levels chosen. group or page.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. I knew the girl listed at the top as commenting on the status.com P a g e 21 . It also goes on the user’s w all. photo tagging or v ideo tagging. notes tagging. an update can also be show n to friends of friends or beyond (ie. http://netsavoir. it show s up in the new s feeds of friends. on netw orks and community pages. the follow ing exchange was one I saw in my home feed. using status updates.

Click that and confirm the delete. your friends' news feeds and from the ―current status‖ display at the top of your profile. Deleting a Status Update To delete a status update. When you delete it. This post w as obviously popular. http://netsavoir. keep in mind your priv acy settings and the possibilities of w ho might see it.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Because this person's status update w as somewhat public. When updating your status. the update is remov ed from your w all. w hich is a little confusing to new people: the ―clear‖ link w hich sits next to the ―current status‖ display. go to your w all (on your profile). so the Facebook new s feed deemed this to be an important update. There's a similar function.com P a g e 22 . Facebook shared that w ith people like me: a friend of his friend. Hov er on the right hand side of the update and you w ill see a ―remov e‖ button.

it just clears the ―current status‖. http://netsavoir. Posting on other people's walls Consider w all posts to be the equiv alent of sharing an anecdote in the middle of a cocktail party.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual ―Clear‖ w on't remove the update from your w all or news feed. Don't say anything you w ouldn't say in this crow ded room! Photo Albums & Tagging Not sure about your priv acy settings? Don't add a location or your photos might be shared w ith far more people than you think.com P a g e 23 . You can change the priv acy of each album by editing the album and clicking on the padlock.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. Ev en if you hav e changed your privacy settings to ―Friends Only‖ it w ill only apply to future photo albums. All their friends and family are there – and yours are too. You need to change older albums manually.

The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Facebook makes it possible to tag someone ev en if that person is not a friend of yours. it w ill be a public ev en by default. I f you create the ev ent using the ―What are you planning?‖ box of the home page you can set it to be public or priv ate using the padlock. http://netsavoir. or not on Facebook. search for it. photos and names on Facebook. before you do this. Think carefully. Some people hav e v ery good reasons to not w ant their details. So. I f you create your event through the publisher (home page or profile). Events Privacy You really w ant to set how public an ev ent is BEFORE you start adding addresses or inv iting your friends. Not good if it's at your house! I t also goes straight to your update feed w hile it's still public. make sure you don't use this w hen the name of the ev ent is something like ―Surprise birthday party for Kelly‖. I t's good practise to check with people before you put photos of them on Facebook (or anyw here on the internet) at all. see the address and see w ho is inv ited. This means anyone can see it. or talk to the person.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf.com P a g e 24 .

be careful w ith exact addresses and too many details.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Or.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. Also. The other priv acy option listed: to show or hide the guest list. Don't click this unless you w ant ev eryone to read your reply! http://netsavoir. I f your event is public it is not just seen by all of your friends: it is also public for ev eryone on Facebook. w hen you edit the ev ent. For larger ev ents. be aw are when messages sent to a lot of people come in. it's probably best to hide the guest list. Don't put priv ate details into a public ev ent! Facebook Message Privacy As w ith email.com P a g e 25 . where the guests don't necessarily know each other. Decide before you inv ite people. make sure you un-check the public box. The default reply option is to ―reply to all‖.

Pages http://netsavoir.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual You can respond to just one person by clicking the w ord ―reply‖ next to their name in the thread. Networks Netw orks are groups of people (educational institution or workplace). so be aw are if you’re a member of any particular netw ork. You can adjust your priv acy settings to allow or disallow people from your netw orks to see your v ar ious activities or information.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. This all depends on the settings of the group. and your priv acy settings. Groups Be aw are that anything you post to group w alls and discussions (or tag w ith a group) w ill be v iewable by the other people in the group (and potentially by your friends).com P a g e 26 . Just consider it public and be careful w hat you say.

When you ask your first question you’ll be reminded of this: Note that you can unfollow your question at any time to stop getting notifications. activ ity or sentiment. period. Then look for ―things others share‖ and make adjustments as you see fit. Controlling who can write on your wall Not much control here: it’s either ―Your Friends‖ or no one. company.com P a g e 27 . I t will show up on your profile and you w ill see updates in your new s feed and messages. organisation. http://netsavoir. Questions Question and answ ers are public. None of your security settings will stop these from being public.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual By ―liking‖ a fan page you're show ing appreciation for the blog. political figure. product. Go to Account > Privacy Settings and choose ―Customise Settings‖.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf.

http://netsavoir.com P a g e 28 . For instance. What if your boss sees something one of your high school friends wrote? Or your grandma sees something one of your football friends w rote? Not all things can be customised.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Control who can comment on posts You can control exactly w ho is able to comment about your status updates and other people's w all comments. We can then choose the specific people who can comment on posts. I t's possible to mark these as ―friends only‖. but w hen you hav e multiple circles of friends on Facebook that sometimes isn't enough. and specific people w ho cannot. w e can change w ho can ―comment on posts‖ by customising the field.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. but you can make an effort to minimise potential risk by using friend lists.

nominating exactly w ho can see your friends' w all updates and w ho can nev er see the updates from your friends on your w all.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. This can be managed using friends lists. Control who can see posts by friends on your wall An added security measure is to control w ho can see updates your friends leave on your w all. w e limit w ho can comment to just people w e trust. A setup like this should prev ent a lot of surprise comments.com P a g e 29 .The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual So. Note they w ill still be able to see your updates. but you're stuck mid-sentence looking aw ful? What if high school friends decide to upload old photos? What if a family member adds some pictures of you as a kid? What photos could an ex-boyfriend put up? What if someone tags a photo as you and it's not you? What if someone's just trying to get your attention and they're actually selling an old bike? http://netsavoir. in order to keep things in order. From Account > Privacy Settings. What if your friend looks great in a picture. Control who sees photos tagged as you This is useful. You'll find the w all v isibility controls under ―Things others share‖ and ―Can see w all posts by friends‖. choose ―Customise Settings‖. and not just for keeping drunk pictures from your boss.

Anyone w ho isn't on one of the allow ed lists w ill not be able to see photos tagged of you – a good default in case you missed anyone! http://netsavoir. The best w ay to use your filters to manage tagged photos of yourself is to hav e both a w hitelist and a blacklist. Messy‖? Who do you w ant to see all these pictures? Your boss? Old classmates? Your niece? People you're trying to netw ork with professionally? You can no longer limit w ho is allow ed to tag photos of you. go to Account > Privacy Settings. you can only control w ho can see the tagged photos.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. then choose ―Customise Settings‖.com P a g e 30 .The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual How about meme pictures w ith a page full of characters and one friend tagged for each picture? Are you likely to be ―Mr. To do this.

choose ―Customise Settings‖ to see the many basic personal priv acy settings you can change. Do you w ant your w orkmates know ing your political preferences? Sexual preferences? And w ho should be able to see if you break up w ith your partner? Don't forget that ―Posts by me‖ controls photo uploads. Things you share I f you hav e confirmed family relationships. Prev iously uploaded photos can be locked dow n on an album-by-album basis. links and general updat es. links and other basic updates. http://netsavoir. Almost all of these can be fine-tuned using friend lists. Lock this dow n to av oid accidental exposure and to av oid over-sharing information w ith people w ho don't need to know. Customise Settings From Account > Privacy Settings. follow the link from the priv acy settings page or go into the albums directly. You should check most of them out. these can be seen by your Facebook contacts.com P a g e 31 .The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual The default priv acy settings for photos you upload is controlled by ―Posts by you‖ along w ith status updates.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. Who do you w ant to hav e easy access to the Facebook profiles of your kids? Also think about potentially v olatile information.

com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Contact information Limit your contact information to just your good friends by using friend lists. http://netsavoir. Limit both w ho CAN see the information and w ho CAN'T see it.com P a g e 32 . Do you w ant all your Facebook friends to know your phone number? Your address? Fine-tune exactly w ho sees your personal email. univ ersity email and w ork email addresses using friend list filters to show the address you want them to contact you on.

Primarily. Basic Directory Information These are generally the things Facebook hopes you w ill leave more open. some settings leav e people a little more v ulnerable than they expect. Things you can make more priv ate in this area of the settings include: Search. This doesn't necessarily stop people from finding out w ho your friends are. http://netsavoir.com P a g e 33 . you can make the setting ―only me‖ by using the ―customise‖ option. as it's better for Facebook socialisation.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. then choose to ―View Settings‖ of the Basic Directory I nformation. Friend requests. Don't forget that if you really w ant to lock things dow n. and a determined sleuth w ould find friend connections by looking at mutual ev ents. groups and comments. Friend connections are visible via your friends' profile pages. Allow ing people to send messages to you. Go to Account > Privacy Settings. Choose your desired security level from the ―See my friend list‖ drop dow n menu. However. you may w ant to think of the priv acy and safety of your friends.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Control who sees your friend list There are a lot of reasons you might w ant to control w ho can and can't see your list of friends on Facebook.

com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. Limiting friend requests to ―friends of friends‖ is normally sufficient . Block Lists You can easily block Facebook users from the Account > Privacy Settings page. I t might make it difficult for your distant friends.com P a g e 34 . and means most of your real friends can add you.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Controlling w ho sees your friend list. Current location & hometow n. so it's w orth allowing messages from everyone (at least to begin w ith) to compensate. But mainly. Education and w ork history. though. Visibility of interests and fan pages. your priv acy settings in these remaining areas just depend on w hat you think other people should and shouldn't be able to find out about you easily. Allowing people to find you without being too public I f you lock your directory information down too far people you know won't be able to contact you. Some of these could potentially be used to dupe you into thinking someone know s you w hen they don't. http://netsavoir. I f it's a problem later on you can alw aysn lock it dow n further.

com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf.com P a g e 35 . it might be that they'v e locked down their own privacy or they'v e possibly blocked you.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual I f you can't find them. Also. Other forms of blocking stop them from sending you application and ev ent invites. http://netsavoir. You can still block them by contacting Facebook support. presuming you can tell the staff enough information to find them. This w ill stop them from finding you later if they choose to un-block you. it's possible to quickly block and report someone v ia their profile page.

The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual You can block any application here. go to Account Settings and choose ―Account Security‖.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. http://netsavoir.com P a g e 36 . To enable notification of logins from new locations. Account Security There are extra precautions you can take to protect your account on Facebook. Choose to hav e security notifications emailed or sent by SMS to you. w hether it's one you added yourself or an application a friend added.

get in the habit of logging out after ev ery time you use Facebook. Facebook have a page w ith links and processes for deactivating. If those accounts ever get hacked. The log out button is in the top-right of ev ery page. Don't use a passw ord you've used for another social netw ork or online account.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual When you log in next. Ev en if you entirely trust ev eryone in your house. deleting or memorialising an account here. I t w ill also protect you from potential embarrassment if someone in your house innocently starts to use Facebook and thinks they are logged in as themselv es.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. Would you like your friends to think your son's comments w ere yours? Log out! Quitting Facebook For quick access. Passwords Be careful about passw ords for security reasons.com P a g e 37 . Deactivating Your Facebook Account When you w ant to leav e Facebook. you w ill be asked to register the computer as one you regularly use w ith Facebook. this habit w ill prepare you for using public computers. the quickest and easiest w ay to do so is to deactiv ate your account. someone might try to use the passw ord with your Facebook account. too. You can do this through your account settings. Logging Out Also in the interest of maintaining basic priv acy. http://netsavoir.

While deactiv ated. Your information. including your connections to friends and customisation. is all still there. you can still receive invitations to events.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. I f you don't w ant to receive email from Facebook about these you w ill need to opt out as you confirm your deactiv ation.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Deactiv ating your account means that your profile and updates w ill not be av ailable for anyone to v iew. how ever. applications and groups.com P a g e 38 . I f you really w ant to remov e all memory of yourself from Facebook you need to delete your account. http://netsavoir. I f you decide to re-instate your account later ev erything will be exactly as you left it.

your account will not be deleted. notes. but friends may still leav e w all posts. w all posts. When you ask to hav e your account deleted Facebook w ill deactivate your account and schedule the deletion. applications. Facebook w ill delete all personal information associated with the account and w ill make photographs unav ailable and not associated w ith the account. links. You could accidentally access your account by logging into a third party serv ice using your Facebook credentials. friends. such as blog comments. chat accounts which access Facebook chat and Facebook Connect login on other websites. Facebook After Death When a Facebook user dies. This means that status updates and personal information w ill be remov ed from the profile. Other privacy issues to be aware of Here are a few things w hich compromise your privacy in w ays you may not expect: When you send a message to someone they get limited access to see your profile. fan pages and interests. you must not use your Facebook account for two weeks. Once your account is deleted. Many people suggest that you should delete your personal information before asking for your account to be deleted. I f someone adds you as a friend and you hav en't said yes or no to them. groups etc. This includes photos. http://netsavoir. message. friends or relatives can report it here and hav e the account memorialised. delete all brow ser cookies and clear your browser cache. No-one w ill be giv en login access to the account.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. Facebook will supply information from the account to authorities directly. I mmediate family members can request that the account be remov ed. Digg or Spotify. I f required by law .com P a g e 39 . Make sure you delete all your allow ed apps from Facebook. however if someone else requests the removal it w ill only be memorialised. Once deletion is requested. log out of Facebook. I f you access your account in some w ay during the next tw o w eeks. When your friends respond to your status update THEI R friends can see your status update (by default – not for more secure updates). using mobile dev ices. there is no option for recovery of the account.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Deleting Your Facebook Account You can delete your account here. Everything that connects you to other people and information. This includes sharing links. they can see your updates in their home feed.

Don't list contact details if you w ould be upset to hav e them exposed. Only post things you are happy for any stranger to read. you may not hav e set things up quite as you remember. All w e know is that there's a tendency tow ards making things more public. I f you don’t w ant a certain person to read it. Facebook has official pages (like fan pages) for Security and Priv acy. Don't use the same passw ord for Facebook as you use for other social networks. This means that you can't rely on your priv acy settings to remain w ith the same control as you hav e now. Also. This should enable you to know about important changes as they happen. Keep on top of it by checking back regularly. One day things just might be different – your settings may be ov erridden by a Facebook-wide security change. Limit your interactions to things you'd be happy to share in a crow ded café. mixed w ith a track record for changing things drastically and seeing w hat people think after the fact. Facebook might mov e things around. http://netsavoir.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual I f you (or someone else) logs in from an unexpected location. I n the UK. but you get the point: assume ev erything is public. General Advice Don’t post personally identifiable information. Facebook Privacy in the Future We don't know exactly w hat Facebook w ill change in the future. Facebook will ask for extra v erification to prove it is really you using a security question or multiple choice answ ers to v erify who is in a picture of your friends. remov e things or add in new settings. you w ill see updates along w ith other pages you hav e liked. The only w ay to be truly sure your information is priv ate is to not put it on Facebook in the first place. Regularly check your privacy settings Check Account > Privacy Settings and see how things are set up. I f you connect other logins (like Google) to your Facebook account then you risk further damage if someone hacks into those accounts. Don't ―like‖ fan pages unless you'd be happy for ev eryone you know to know about it. don’t post it.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. I f you ―like‖ these pages. Also subscribe to the Facebook Blog. there's an application called ClickCEOP w hich allows users to report suspicious online behav iour through the application. This list could go on forever. so actually look at w hich friend lists you hav e used to filter each setting and tw eak them regularly. Keep in mind Facebook's privacy changes over the years and anticipate w hat is to come (see Facebook's Privacy Evolution).com P a g e 40 .

http://netsavoir. under ―Controlling how you share‖.com P a g e 41 .The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Also read Facebook's privacy information from the Account > Privacy Settings page.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf.

you'll need to access most of the options to change them from the default.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Managing Applications & Websites Applications come w ith a risk – not all application dev elopers have your best interests at heart. Then.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. From there. Dev elopers have access to a lot of your Facebook information and that of your friends. Un -check all of the checkboxes as shown and sav e. or they could use it for something else entirely. From Account > Privacy Settings. click on ―edit settings‖ for the ―I nformation accessible through your friends‖. http://netsavoir. They may use this information for marketing.com P a g e 42 . there's a link to ―edit your settings‖ for Applications and Websites. Ensure ―Game and Application activ ity‖ is ―Friends only‖.

You nev er know who's going to add a dodgy application. But. Understanding Facebook Application Privacy Issues The section called ―What you're using‖ gives you a quick ov erview of all of your applications. w ho do you w ant to know that you've added a dating application? Should your w orkmates know you've been using Farmv ille recently? Lock this privacy setting down using friend filters. Note that it's checked by default.com P a g e 43 . ―edit settings‖ and deselect the personalisation option if possible. http://netsavoir. The ―game and application activ ity‖ section allows you to control which of your Facebook contacts can see your applications.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual This w ill stop the applications your friends add from accessing your details. so as soon as this is av ailable in your area you'll probably w ant to deselect it ASAP. Facebook's ―Instant Personalisation‖ is not yet enabled w orldwide. So.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. allow ing you to delete them quickly. It also controls w ho can see the applications you hav e used recently.

http://netsavoir. apps for login and w all-posting apps. The login serv ice is known as Facebook Connect and these apps w ill show up in your applications looking just like any other. This w ill show you all of the applications you hav e added (for w hatever reason). Use the filter menu to show a subset of your applications.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Managing Application Permissions There are all sorts of apps: quizzes. games. Head to the ―Account‖ menu and choose ―Application Settings‖.com P a g e 44 .

When reading your new s feed.com P a g e 45 . Blocking and reporting applications There are sev eral things you can do to report an application. Just like profile reporting and blocking. Facebook w ill add it to other reports to decide w hether the user or the application is spam. you can choose to ―Mark as spam‖.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. sending you email or posting to your w all. such as seeing your information w hen you're not logged in. you can click through to any application's page and report or block the application. http://netsavoir.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Click the cross to remov e applications or use ―edit settings‖ to control additional priv ileges you may hav e granted.

Lobby Facebook to disallow applications which post to your w all v ia your friends' actions. by looking at your Profile Wall and choosing ―Options‖ then ―Settings‖. remov e permissions for your friends' applications to know your details. Edit settings to deny permission. I f it has been posted due to an application your friend has added. Managing notifications from applications I t's easy to cut dow n on the emails you receive from Facebook and its applications. Remov e your friend as a connection on Facebook. block the application and report it.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. so you w on't be embarrassed by these updates w hen you hav en't yet deleted them. Sadly.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual I f an application is posting to your profile w all. You can remov e one occurrence (hover in the top right and click ―remov e‖) then ask for the application to not be allow ed to post. Check ―Account Application Settings‖ page to see if you hav e granted permissions to this application. Lobby Facebook to allow fine-tuning of w ho can post to your w all. http://netsavoir. Ban all of your friends from posting to your w all (that w ill definitely stop it). Ask your friend to stop the updates or to remov e the application. Go to your Account Settings page and click on the Notifications tab to choose. here's a few options that help you w ork out why it's happening and how to stop it (w ith v arious degrees of severity): Check to see if you allow ed it to be imported.com P a g e 46 . this w on't w ork if a friend has posted the update. Change the v iewing permissions for your w all.

Facebook chat or a pub. 4. People don't often w ant to know the inner details of your nostrils/sex life. Av oid controversial topics (or proceed w ith caution): Politics. I t's not up to you to decide for them w here they draw the line. Remember Your Privacy Remember that nothing is REALLY priv ate on the internet. Calling in sick can get you fired if there's photographic proof you w ere at a party. They're embarrassing – don't do it! 2. people take screenshots. Remember your comments on other people's posts could be more public than you think. Ev er. boss.com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. people lie about w ho they are. Don't w aste time on Facebook at w ork. disow ned or dumped. Alw ays protect the safety of yourself and your friends.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Further Considerations There are numerous reasons w hy people w ant to retain their privacy online. or police. Your secrets might accidentally be shared by a friend discussing something they saw /read about you on Facebook. Accounts get hacked. Religion. Don't post/tag photos of people unless it's okay by them.com P a g e 47 . a friend's ex or family members on Facebook. Don't w rite embarrassing things on other people's walls or in response to status updates. 7. 3. No drunken updates.lamebook. Consider Your Updates 1. Don't do anything w hich might get someone fired.com/ for other people's mistakes). Think for a little w hile before you become friends with your ex. mistakes happen etc. Don't update w ith anything you couldn't show your grandmother. This includes checking what's in the background of photos you post (see http://www. Don't lie about anything and think you'll get aw ay w ith it. Don't post addresses and phone numbers in places w here they might be seen. 6. 5. Keep your w orkmates on a limited filter. http://netsavoir. Don't ov ershare. Seriously. Learn w hen to mov e a conversation to a message. Activ ism.

keep learning. keep an eye out for articles relating to Facebook (especially from MakeUseOf.com P a g e 48 .com/ | Angela Alcorn MakeUseOf. Facebook w ill change constantly – it changed sev eral main features during the w riting of this guide! The best you can do is to read the Facebook blog.com) and keep a close w atch on your settings to see what is changing. Good luck! http://netsavoir. Above all.The Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual Conclusion Please share this adv ice with your friends as there are many people on Facebook w ho don't realise there's more they can do to protect themselv es.

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