By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection
Recently Facebook did some updates in both the mobile and desktop programs. So you say what does that have to do with me?
Well, the bottom line is that your “privacy” settings have changed and some new choices have been added. Facebook also set some “settings” back to default, which is “everyone” and allows Facebook to use your data to target ads to you and let search engines like Google use your Facebook profile to do the same.
So again it’s time to check those settings! We can start with your mobile device, either phone or tablet. You want to open the Facebook app and either on the upper right or lower right you will see three to four horizontal lines, tap or “click” on them. It will take you to a list, scroll down til you see Settings and look for Account Settings. This will be the same place you will be looking on your desktop/laptop.
Tap/click on Account Settings and the third option should be “Privacy,” which is where we want to make the changes. First up is who can see future posts… remember that “public” is the same as “everyone” for this and means just that, anyone in the world can see it. I would suggest never using public or everyone unless your Facebook page is a business page.
Next is a kind of strange one, they state something about limiting the audience for posts you’ve shared, yet when you tap to get to the next screen it’s about limiting access to “old posts.”
Regardless of what it is, I suggest you choose “Limit.” What you are doing is not allowing older posts to be seen forever, so that funny post from 2010 (that’s not so funny in 2015) does not get shared today.
Then there’s the Friends request… have you received that request from someone you have never heard of or better yet from someone with a picture that you have to block right away for a myriad of reasons? This one seems to be the one that Facebook defaults to everyone with some of its updates, which as I said earlier means everyone. The best you can do is Friends of Friends and that will help.
The last three are about how someone look you up… and how you can limit what Facebook allows other programs to use.
The first is by your email address. Your choices are everyone, friends of friends and friends.
Second is by your phone number with the same choices, with both I would suggest something other than everyone. Finally is allowing search engines outside of Facebook to “link” to your profile, here your choice is either you do or don’t. Personally I don’t want Google (or hundreds of other search engines) to use a Facebook profile as a tool for people to look for me. This is a lot of stuff to go through, but it will help to keep you more private on the Internet.
Remember that at least every couple of months you should recheck these settings as Facebook does like to make these changes every now and then. One final note, once you make the changes on one platform (mobile or desktop) it carries over to all other platforms.
As always if you have questions or need help you can call or email me, Rent A Bob at 843.822.7794 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.