How to keep your Facebook account as private as possible

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

20 September 2016

Social media is one of the areas in which we are most likely to let our online security slip. We post our locations, our addresses and even our images on sites like Instagram and Twitter, and we’re incredibly unlikely to read the privacy statements of each platform we use.

This means that we could be showing a lot more of our information to a lot more people than we really realize.

But lets say you’ve realized this, and you want to make your Facebook account less accessible. It’s tough to know how to do this. What’s the best way to make your Facebook account private?

Well, don’t worry. You can do it in a few simple steps:

1. Look at your public profile

On your Facebook profile page, click the button with the three dots in the corner of your cover photo, then select “View as” from the dropdown menu. This will allow you to see what your profile looks like to a member of the public, or a specific friend that you have. From here, you can see just how secure your Facebook account is.

2. Cull your apps 

_What apps? _I hear you cry! Well, exactly. Over the years you might have allowed games, messaging apps or any other types of applications to access your Facebook data in order to access something. These will all be stored under “Apps” in the left hand column of your Facebook home page. You can now click on “More” next to the Apps header, then restrict which apps have access to which parts of your Facebook data. Alternatively, you can delete them all.

**3. Decide whether you want to be searchable or not</p>

</strong>You can, of course, decide who can see your posts—but did you know that a few years ago, Facebook made all profiles searchable? This isn’t something that you can opt out of, but you CAN opt out of having search engines like Google list your profile. To do this, click on the padlock in the top right hand corner of the page, then select “See more settings” at the bottom of the drop down menu. Under “Who can look me up?”, the search engine question is listed as below. Click “Edit” to change your setting to no.

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Of course, there is another option: to delete your Facebook account entirely. If you’re truly concerned about your privacy, this is the best option open to you. However, if you don’t want to give up your account, follow the steps above and you’ll at least be more protected than you currently are.

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