Controlling our privacy is important. We use many applications and social networks on a daily basis that have access to a large amount of information about us. Among them, Facebook is perhaps one of the most familiar to us. Beyond the company itself, it is also essential to configure it correctly so that strangers cannot know who we are or so that our friends only see what interests us.
Here we leave you a guide to configure privacy on Facebook. We based ourselves on a series of tips that the social network itself offers us and we tested them from the official Facebook application for Android. It also works flawlessly from the web, be it the mobile or desktop version. We recommend that you take a look at each section and make sure it is set up to your interests.
1. Choose who can see your photos
When you post a photo on Facebook it’s for the world to see, but sometimes we just want it to be seen by specific friends or even a private photo for us. Fortunately, we can configure exactly who will be able to see this photo. We must go to the menu at the top right of the post itself and click on the option that interests us.
2. Delete or archive a post you didn’t want to post
In the same menu of each post, we can choose to delete or archive that specific post from the bio. By archiving, only we will be able to see the post until we decide to restore this content so that it is visible again to your audience.
3. Check what others see from your profile
A problem with knowing what others know about us is that being on our own account, we cannot know. Facebook has a very simple solution. From the biography, click on the “…” button and then on “View as”. There we can see our biography as if we were a guest or a stranger.
4. Check if others can see your friends list
If we go to settings and privacy, in the Audience and visibility section by clicking on the How other people can find and contact you section, we can control many aspects of the privacy of this list, such as who can know our friends list.
5. Who can send you a friend request
In the same section of then we find the option How can other people find and contact you, we can also configure the privacy of Who can send you friend requests?. Very interesting so that strangers have no chance to contact us. And so we prevent many bots and trolls from trying to make friends.
6. See all your activity
A few options down we find Activity Log, an option in which we will see each of our likes and reactions. There we can manage all our activity.
7. Choose trusted friends to help you in case you lose access to your account
From Settings and privacy> Password and security we can establish up to five friends who will help us recover the account in case we have been hacked. It’s basically some kind of emergency recovery mail.
8. Who can see photos you’re tagged in?
From Profile and tagging we can establish a whole series of options to configure who can see the photos in which we have been tagged. Normally this etiquette stuff isn’t something that falls completely into our hands and it’s usually our friends who do it. With these options we will be calmer.
9. How to remove yourself from a photo if you’ve been tagged
In case there is a tag you don’t want to exist, it’s as simple as deleting it. The Facebook app makes it easy for us. We can select it and click on the x to remove or directly edit the photo and click on the option to remove the tags.
10. Review the photo if someone tags you and isn’t your friend
A function related to tags is to review them. In case a stranger tags you, with this option we have to accept that tag before it is activated. An option that we recommend everyone to have active.
11. Check if Location History is enabled
Facebook has the option of having friends nearby, where we can check if there is someone we know within walking distance. From this same function, if we go to the settings, we will access Settings and privacy> Permissions> Location. From here we can enable or block location history.
12. Check with which devices you accessed your Facebook account
We can access Facebook from multiple devices. From computer, mobile, tablet… if you want to know when the account was accessed, it’s easy to go to Settings and privacy > Password and security > Where you logged in.
13. How to manage which apps have access to your account and what information they see
In the Applications and Websites section we can access the list of connected applications and the information they use for their servers. The user’s name and ID are accessible by these third-party applications, but we may limit, for example, our date of birth or our interests.
14. Configure the information about you that advertisements receive
Finally, from Settings and privacy > Permissions > Advertising preferences > Advertising settings, we will see all the details of our account that advertisers access to show us advertisements. They know our tastes but we can configure it so that Facebook does not show us advertising on the Internet based on our browsing. Without a doubt, a section that deserves to be reviewed to protect our privacy.