With the introduction of Timelines and Open Graph at Facebook’s recent f8 conference, many people are concerned about the impact of these changes on online privacy. On Facebook, your name and username, profile picture, gender, user ID/account number and networks are visible to anyone.
If you are one of Facebook’s 800 million users, and you are concerned about who can access your personal information online, it takes only a minute to go private.
Follow these 8 steps below to secure your account and take control over your online image.
1. Log into your Facebook account and click on the dropdown arrow next to “Home” on the upper right hand corner. Use the drop down and click on the “Privacy Settings” link.
2. Under “Control Your Default Privacy,” click on the “Custom” link.
3. The screen will show you four options to select: “Friends of Friends,” “Friends,” “Specific People or Lists” and “Only Me.” You can also hide posts from specific people or lists by typing the name in the blank space provided.
4. Then, scroll down to the “How You Connect” section. Click on “Edit Settings” and after the popup use the drop down menus on the right side of your screen to select who you want to view this information.
5. Next, be sure to click “Edit Settings” to the right of the “How Tags Work” section. A popup window will appear and you can adjust the “Maximum Profile Visibility” settings and adjust your default settings to “Off.”
6. Scroll down to the “Apps and Websites” section. Click the “Edit Settings” link and follow the drop down menus on the right side of your popup to restrict which apps, games and websites you share your information with.
7. Click on the “Limit the Audience for Past Posts” link to protect information you may have shared publicly in the past.
8. Scroll to the top of the “Privacy” settings page to make sure that your new settings have all been applied.
Tell all your “Friends” how easy it is to change your privacy settings on Facebook and protect your privacy.