- Audiences – There are 4 types of ‘audiences’ on Facebook. Public, Friends, Only Me and Custom. Make sure when you publish something whether it be a status update, photo or video that you have set the audience Friends. If you do use the Public option then be very cautious as to what you’re putting out there, it really is public.
- Friends – When you become friends with another Facebook user, they then have access to everything you share on your profile. Make sure you know this person well otherwise you could be giving anyone your information.
- Personal Information – Do you trust your Facebook friends 100%? On your profile you can input various information which could range from your gender all the way to your phone number and anything in between. You have the ability to determine how much of this is seen by your friends or the general public. For example, if you want your friends to have your phone number then by all means input the information, but set the audience to “Friends”.
There are many features within Facebook’s privacy centre that help you stay safe whilst using their platform, make sure you read them carefully and use them to their potential. The privacy centre can be found within the general settings area at the top right hand corner of the home page. If you are using the Facebook App then the privacy settings can be found on the right hand tab under “Privacy Shortcuts”
- Don’t send photos to people you do not know.
- Don’t tell people where you live
- Don’t give our your personal contact information
- Don’t befriend people you do not know.
- Information put out on the internet can be see, can be used, and can be lethal.