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Techie Tuesday

Edition 1, Volume 10

All About Facebook –
Part 4: Privacy Settings

A privacy policy is a statement that discloses some or all of the ways a party gathers, uses, discloses and manages a customer or client’s data. Data can be anything used to identify an individual, such as name, address, date of birth, marital status, contact information, financial records, credit information, etc.

Regardless of how you utilize the Internet, understanding a site’s privacy policy is a must. With Facebook, by default your privacy settings allow everyone to see your name, profile picture, user name/ID, and network. This is so others can find you. But when people click on your name in a search result, they won’t be able to see all of the information in your profile. Your privacy settings determine whether people can view additional information when they click on your name in a search result.

Finding your privacy settings. Privacy settings can be found in the menu at the top right of your Facebook page under the drop down arrow.

Once you click on it, you can do the following:

Control your default privacy. This setting allows you to pick your privacy default for photos, status updates, information, etc., from the following: public (everyone can see), friends (only your friends can see), or custom.

You can also manage the privacy of your status updates, photos and information using the inline audience selector found on your Timeline.

Decide how you connect. This is where you control how you connect with people you know. From here you can decided: who can look you up using the email address or phone number you provided, who can send you friend requests, and who can send you Facebook messages.

Timeline and tagging. From here you can decide: who can post on your timeline, who can see what others post on your timeline, who can see posts that appear on your timeline because you’ve been tagged, and who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded. You can also turn the following features on or off: review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline and review tags friends add to your own posts on Facebook.

Apps and websites. This is where you control what gets shared with apps, games and websites, including which apps can send you emails, post to your timeline, access your basic information, etc. From here you can also control what info your friends can bring with them when they use apps you use, whether or not you see relevant information about your friends the moment you arrive on select partner websites, and whether people who enter your name in a search engine will see a preview of your Facebook timeline.

Limit the audience for past posts. Here you control who gets to see past posts on your timeline.

Blocked people and apps. This setting allows you to block users, apps and app invites, and event invites.

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Remember, controlling Facebook privacy settings is as easy as doing it.

 Next week: All About Facebook – Part 5: Account Settings