Secure your Facebook Account, Personal Info, and Status Updates from hackers online

While Facebook offers a great new way to
connect online with your offline acquaintances, it is also a hotspot for
potential hackers’ assaults. This is good enough reason for you to use Facebook
with prudence at all times.
This article emphasizes the importance of
properly enabling of the FB privacy settings, as well  as the recommended account settings and posts
configurations that will help keep your FB account, and status updates secure
at all times.
1. Ensure you’ve got your Facebook
profile set up to rid of unwanted privacy violations.

2. Careful when creating posts through
your FB account. Facebook offers easy-to-use sharing and privacy options for
all its users to customize each of their posts. Here’s how to ensure your FB
posts are securely shared.

* Choose or designate who among your FB friends gets to see your
* Click the drop-down button to the left side of the Post button.
* You’ll see the available options on how you would like to share your
post. Sharing options would include Public, which allows everyone to view/read
your posts. To let only people you’ve added as friends read or view your posts,
an option Friends is provided.

You can also share posts with different
lists of friends, either manually created by yourself or by Facebook
every post/update status to share
1. Create a list of friends who will get
to see and read your posts. After composing an update status message, click on
the drop-down arrow labeled Public, right beside the Post button. You’ll see a
drop-down list of options on who can view or read the post or status update you
are about to share. 

Typically, Facebook uses Public as a default option for all
your posts. Change it by clicking one from other “more secure”
options like Friends except Acquaintances, Only Me o
 Customr. The Custom option
will let you specify certain people from your FB friends list can or cannot
view/read your post.
Hint: In order to easily configure the aforesaid post settings, make sure
you have properly tagged your friends beforehand. This means you have to
segregate your friends from acquaintances, families, work employer, co-workers,
and so on.
Manage your
Friends Lists
You can edit or create your own new lists
of friends by interests like school, work or location, as well as frequency of
contact. Here’s how:

* Click on the Friends header on the left side of your News Feed/Home
* Choose the name of a list.
* Click on the Manage List button.
* Select the Edit List option for you to add or remove friend from the
existing list.
* You will then be prompted with the Edit window, where you can add or
remove friends from your list.

Hint: You can also add friends to specific lists from a friend’s profile
page. Simply click on the Friends button to display a drop-down menu containing
certain options including Close Friends, Acquaintances, and Add to another
Once you’re done creating a
privacy-friendly list, be sure to share your personal posts/update status only
with that list you have, instead of posting them to Public or Friends.
Make use of
the “Who can see my stuff?” settings option
1. In order to view this option, click
the menu (drop-down) arrow from the Facebook home page.
2. Select Settings from the drop-down
3. A list of different Categories will
show on the left side of the General Accounts settings screen. Select Privacy.
4. You’ll see the Who can see my stuff
section first in the Privacy Settings and Tools window.
5. Turn on or enable the Limit the
audience for old posts on your timeline option to change all of your previous
Public posts to Friends-only.
Use the
Activity Log
There’s another option in the same
Privacy Settings and Tools menu that says, Review all your posts and things
you’re tagged in. Selecting this option will lead you to the Activity Log (also
accessible through the home page Settings menu).
The Activity Log will let you go through
and remove yourself from other people’s posts you’re tagged in. Many people in
Facebook just want to check others in somewhere they’re not supposed to be or
perhaps, tagged you in an embarrassing photo. As preventive measure use the
Activity Log for your FB account:
1. Click on the pencil icon.
2. Select Delete to erase certain posts you don’t want to show in your
Timeline and take your name off of your friend’s post.
The Activity Log will also let you modify
the audience of your own previous posts, manually.
The concept of using Facebook lies on the
basic principle that the site will ask you to share a lot of information in
order to link/connect you to your friends. The site may badger you for extra
information you are actually not obliged to provide most of it. Your name,
email address, birthday and gender, are supposed to be the only data you’ll
provide to have your FB account set up and go live.

Remember that all data you entered to
your account are considered public information by the network itself, thus,
these will be shared to or accessible by anyone who uses or has Facebook

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