There is no doubt that Facebook is one the most popular social networking sites with over a million of active users around the world. While this site has become a part of our daily routine—people’s live journal, newsstand, online store, entertainment and more—take note that anyone can see what you post. This is why you need to be more vigilant with what you share to your wall. People can easily grab your photos, videos, and other information. In this article, we will provide some tips on how to secure your Facebook account.
Step one: View your profile as others view it
Checking your own profile can help you decide what changes you need to make to your share settings. To do this, you can simply log in to your account, select the gear icon in the top-right cornet, go to Privacy Settings, and select Timeline and Tagging in the left panel.
Now, go to View As to the right of “Review what other people see on your timeline” in the “Who can see things on my timeline?” column. This allows you to manage your share settings and what you want or don’t want to share with your personal network or public. This will also allow you to manage the tagged posts your friends want to share in your wall.
Step two: Double check if you’re browsing securely
Just recently, Facebook made adjustments to secure users when browsing. Check if you’re using a secure connection whenever one is available. Go to Security in the left panel of Facebook’s Account Settings and see if secure browsing is activated.
This setting also allows you to manage log-in notifications and approval. It also allows you to view or edit your recognized devices and active sessions. To deactivate a certain device, go to Edit to the right then Remove next to the device’s entry. Same thing goes with your log in sessions.
Step three: Manage the accessibility of your account
You can restrict access to your posts by going to the Privacy settings. You can check who can see your posts and who can see your future posts. Fix the options according to your preference. Take note that a warning pops up when you limit access to all your past posts at once rather than changing the setting post-by-post.
Step Four: Fix your wall and tags
Once you have managed your timeline viewers, you can now remove friends from adding you to your wall and review photos when some tries to tag you in. Just simply go to the Timeline and Tagging Settings. You can see two options for “Who can post to my timeline?” under “Who can add things to my timeline?” (Friends, and Only Me.) You can also review the tagged posts in your wall by going to the Edit tab to the right of the entry and select Enable in the drop-down menu.
Step 5: Choose your apps
Yes, these apps are quite entertaining. But don’t let them grab all the permission they can. If they request for too much details, think again. You might end up flooding your wall and your friends’ timeline with status updates and more annoying posts.
Step 6: Check your friend list
Finally, take some time to review your friend’s list. Make sure you know all your friends and their accounts are legitimate. This is why you need to have separate accounts for business, personal, or work.