Control Your Facebook Timeline Privacy Settings

Control Facebook Timeline Privacy Settings

How can I control my Facebook privacy settings to avoid unwanted social media background checks?

As our lives become increasingly more digital, concerns over security and privacy mount. Like never before, our lives exist online. We create friendships online, maintain relationships online, complete degrees online, share our every thought online, and provide some of our most sensitive information online.

While this is one of the things that basically defines today’s generation, it also poses some serious problems.

More and more often employers, human resources representatives, and school admissions counselors are taking to the web to perform makeshift “background checks” on current employees, job candidates, and prospective students.

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The amount of information that prying eyes can obtain just by exploring your Facebook page and other social media activity is actually pretty surprising.

Much of the current generation of web users have basically grown up online. Our Facebook pages and Twitter feeds are as much a part of our identity as a diary or family photo album might be. Because so many of us have been living these forms of personal expression for so long, it can be easy to forget that these entities exist on the World Wide Web and anyone can access them.

With any online activity, comes the worry of security.

As Facebook continues to make changes, privacy settings can change and things can be difficult to figure out. Be sure that you check up on your privacy settings fairly regularly, so that you can be sure your sensitive information is only being shared with the people you want to share it with.

To prevent employers, ex-boyfriends, and school admissions people from background checking you based on your Facebook information, follow these privacy steps.

Set Your Facebook Profile to Private

Of course, this one seems pretty obvious. But, it can actually be a bit trickier than it sounds. Facebook has a lot of options when it comes to privacy. You can set it so that only your “friends” can see your information, only certain friends can see your information, or you can make everything public.

While this customization is nice, it can make things a little bit more confusing to wade through.

Steps to Set Your Facebook Profile to Private:

  1. Click on the arrow tab at the top of the page (near the “home” button).
  2. Scroll down to the privacy settings and click control your default settings.
  3. Switch the radio button from “public” to “friends”.

With this setting, only people you have accepted as friends can view your page. You can also put more specific restrictions in place, so that specific organizations and groups cannot see your information (do this by clicking the custom button).

Restrict Your Facebook Profile from Public Search

This is one of the most important privacy steps you can take when it comes to being responsible with your social media use. It can be very smart to make it difficult for people to find you on Facebook. The harder your profile is to locate online, the more secure your information will be.

Steps to Restrict Your Facebook Profile from Public Search:

  1. Click on the arrow tab at the top of the page (near the “home” button).
  2. Scroll down to the privacy settings and click on Public Search.
  3. Click on “Edit Settings” and then “Disable Public Search”.

People can learn a lot about your background and make a lot of uneducated judgments about you by simply typing your name into a search engine. Even if your Facebook and other social media platforms are not incriminating, it might be a good idea to make searching yourself more difficult.

With knowledge of the best background check companies and tactics, Jane Smith provides vital information and tips throughout her blogs. Email her your thoughts or concerns at janesmith161@gmail.com.

About Jane Smith

With knowledge of the best background check companies and tactics, Jane Smith provides vital information and tips throughout her blogs. Email her your thoughts or concerns at janesmith161@gmail.com.

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