At a time when 26 million Facebook users are worried about being the victim of a bug revealing their private messages, “Le Nouvel Observateur” offers a guide to properly protect their privacy on the social network.
1. Check his identity
When registering, Facebook is picky and demanding accurate data. As a reminder, however, only the name, email address, date of birth and gender are required.
Subsequently, the social network still wants more information – employment, education, place of residence, relationship status, religion, political opinion, etc.- all optional to use the platform.However, if the user decides to educate, it is possible to share with some friends. On your “about” select for each category “edit” and then right click on the logo. Then choose whether to make the “public” information, accessible only to “friends”, masked ( “me only”), or some friends set ( “Custom”).
2. Check its statutes
“Express Yourself” encourages Facebook. Only, it is worth checking property that can and can access them. When publishing, you must click on sharing logo at the bottom of the dialog box, and select whether to make the “public” message accessible only to “friends”, masked ( “me only”), or some friends defined ( “custom”).
For the statutes already published, they must be taken one by one by clicking on the same shared logo and choose the same way that can access it.
3. Control its “Like”
Introduced in early 2009, the button “Like” is one of the real success stories of Facebook. However, with time, the “interests” build up and say (or not) a lot about your personality. Via your profile, you can view all of your “Like” window by clicking the “Like mentions” under the cover photo.
To hide your interests to some people, simply select “edit” and then select for each category of sharing logo. “Public” will make information accessible to the entire network, “friends” only to “friends”, “me only” to anyone, and “Custom” to set friends. Beyond interest, “Like” can be shared to the same people using the same logo next to “other pages that you like.” Clicking this sentence display besides the list of all pages “loved”, proposing to reverse easily.
4. Check his photos
For each photo published, it is possible to choose to whom it is accessible. When publishing, you must click on the down-sharing logo of the box and choose the make “public”, accessible only to “friends”, masked ( “me only”), or certain defined friends ( “Custom” ).
If one of your friends identify you in a photo, it is not possible to delete it. However, you can “remove identification” by clicking on “options” after opening the image. Incidentally, it is possible to denounce his “friend” for “harassment” to “scam”, “nudity”, etc.
These tips apply equally for videos.
5. Check his friends
You can choose who has access to your friends list. On the page listing your “friends” , select “edit” and then the logo next to “who can see your list of friends.” Then choose whether to make it “public”, accessible only to “friends”, masked ( “me only”), or certain defined friends ( “Custom”).
6. Check the references of your friends
Your friends like about you on Facebook? You can limit the damage. In the “Privacy Settings”, select “edit settings” in part “newspaper and identification”. You choose who can post on your wall and can see what others publish.
7. Check his friends lists
To use easier sharing settings, it is possible to create “buddy lists” .Optionally, you can fill in the predefined lists by Facebook (close friends, acquaintances, family or small) or create your own lists (via the “Create a list” button). The friends then added via “manage”. These groups provide, in a sharing of information, status or photo, select a click of a group of friends.
8. Check the contact points
You can become (almost) invisible on Facebook. First step: on the “Privacy Settings”, select “edit settings” in part “advertising, applications and websites.” Bottom “public search”, you can uncheck the “public search” to disappear from the search engines.
Second step: back on the “Privacy Settings” and select “edit settings” at the “handshake” pane. You can choose who can see you using a search through your email or phone number that can send you friend requests, and can send you Facebook messages. Each parameter three options: “everyone,” “friends and their friends” or just your “friends”.
9. Check geolocation
Facebook offers users, especially on mobile, geotag their posts and photos. All are found then pinned on a world map, accessible from the profile. Not to geotag it must be ensured in a publication that the icon shaped pin does not show your location. For older posts that you would remove the location, choose “edit” and then “change the place” and finally remove any indication.
In case any of your friends identify you in a message, all accompanied by a geolocation there is currently no possibility to simply delete it. It will then remove your identification.
10. Controlling third-party applications
Facebook now holds his wealth to the multitude of related applications. Applications which nevertheless did not hesitate to publish continuously updates your status. In the “Privacy Settings”, go to “advertisements, applications and websites”, then “edit settings” of “apps you use.”
Appears as a list of all third-party applications that have already been linked to your account Facebook . Clicking the right cross and the link is removed. A click on “edit” and you can select “who can see the publications of this application”. Easy, but off-putting when one has many App.