Facebook privacy tips

Facebook privacy tips

How much information do you share with the world? Sharing is caring but when it comes to your personal data, sharing too much info puts you at risk.

Facebook is the world’s most widely used social media platform with 1.32 billion daily active users. Neglecting your privacy and security settings means you could be giving complete strangers access to everything about you; from your date of birth, where you live and your work history to your family members, contact details, friends list and photos.

Earlier this year, Facebook came under fire for allowing political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest the personal information of up to 87 million users. The data breach caused a worldwide stir resulting in Facebook introducing new measures to protect its users data including new privacy settings.

What you can do to protect your personal data

There are simple steps you can take to protect the personal information you share on Facebook.

Change your password regularly and enable two-factor authentication

Your Facebook profile contains sensitive data. Like with all personal accounts it is important to keep your login credentials safe. Make sure you regularly update your password and use a strong password. This previous blog shares our tech team’s tips for generating strong passwords.Two-factor authentication is also encouraged to add an extra layer of security. Two-factor authentication will require you to provide a login code in addition to your password when logging in. The login code will be sent via SMS or via an authentication app. 

Control the information you share

It’s best not to share all of your private personal details with the world. For example your date of birth is a handy piece of information for anyone wanting to steal your identity. As an extra precaution, avoid geotagging the photos you post as this reveals your exact whereabouts and activities.

To restrict who and what others can view on your profile go to your Facebook settings and click on Privacy in the left hand menu. Review who you want to share your information with and choose what information you are happy to share publicly, with friends or want to keep for your eyes only. We highly recommend you avoid publicly listing; your date of birth, hometown, home address, year of high school or college graduation and email address.



Review your Timeline and Tagging Settings

You can’t control what your friends post but you can limit who sees posts you are tagged in. To edit your timeline and tagging settings go to Settings, then click Timeline and Tagging.

Check third-party app settings

To find out what apps have access to your information, click on settings and then select Apps and Websites from the menu on the left.

Click on any of your Active apps to find out what info they have access to and to edit your permissions and remove any apps that you no longer want to have access to your information.

Location History

Facebook can track your location. If you’d prefer it didn’t gather this information, go to settings and then in the left menu bar click on Location which will take you to your Location settings allowing you to disable this function.

Control your ad preferences

Facebook now allows users to control the ads they see. To control what information is shared with advertisers go to Your ad preferences and click on your information to review and adjust.

Other general Facebook privacy tips include;

  • Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know. Inviting them to your network can give them access to your personal profile and data. 
  • Every now and then google search your name to see what personal details about you are accessible online. Your search may reveal a need to  tighten your social media security settings.
  • It’s exciting and tempting to share holiday snaps or with your family and friends but be careful of sharing sensitive information like bank and identification details (licence, passport).