January .15 .2014

Overexposed? Review Your Privacy Settings on Facebook

When was the last time you looked at your Facebook privacy settings?

You can review what personal information is available to the public by following these steps:

  1. Click the Privacy Shortcuts icon in the top right of the Facebook utility bar
  2. Click Who can see my stuff?
  3. Click View as under What do other people see on my timeline?

Step_1_Click_the_Privacy_Shortcut_icon_in_FacebookThis will take you to the public view of your profile page. Navigate around the page to see what information is available to anyone. What can people see on your timeline? What information is available in the “About” section? What photos are available to the public?

Are you overexposed?

Changing Your Privacy Settings for Photo Albums

Unless using Facebook as a marketing tool to showcase products or services, there’s very little reason to share your photos publicly. Take the following steps to set privacy settings for photo albums:

  1. Go to your Timeline and click on the Photos section.
  2. Click the Albums tab.
  3. Use the audience selector tool under each album to control who can see your photos. Look for a small icon under each album cover photo.

Important notes

  • The privacy setting for your Cover Photos album is always public. So only use a cover photo that you’re comfortable with the world seeing.
  • If there's a photo of you in an album that someone else posted, only the person who posted it can change the album privacy. If you don't like the photo, you can remove a tag or escalate the issue.
  • If you share a high resolution photo or album with someone, that person will be able to download those photos.
  • Unlike other photo albums you create, you can choose an audience for individual photos in your Timeline Photos and Mobile Uploads albums. Each time you post a new photo, you pick who sees that photo using the audience selector.

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