There is no such thing as an entirely private social network but here are three top tips to help you maintain some control over your privacy on Facebook.
1. Avoiding the cyber stalkers
Ever feel like you’re being watched? Allowing the Public or even Friends of Friends to view your profile may seem innocent enough, but if you don’t want everyone to know what you’re up to, adjust your privacy settings.
Click the Padlock icon in the top right corner of your profile and when the drop-down menu appears, click Who can see my stuff?
You can then adjust the option to Friends, Close Friends or a custom option.
This will set the default audience for any future posts, but won’t change who can see existing posts!
2. How to prevent prospective employers finding out things you wouldn’t want on your CV
There are plenty of stories about people getting turned down for jobs because a potential employer has discovered far more about them than they would like.
If you want to prevent your social media activity putting off prospective employers, take some time to clean up your digital dirt – or at least brush it under the carpet!
To avoid future employers (or anybody else) seeing existing posts, you will need to review your Activity Log.
You can use the drop-down menus on the right to limit the audience for each individual post. This may be time-consuming but it will be worth it if it saves you future embarrassment. Of course, if something is really embarrassing, it would be safer to delete the post altogether!
Remember, you can only control the audience for your own posts. If someone has tagged you in a post or photograph that you would rather not be associated with, you can request that the tag is removed or report the tag. If you want the post or photograph removed altogether, you will need to ask the person who uploaded it or report it to Facebook.
3. How to stop your mates (or family) tagging you in embarrassing posts
From pictures of you in the bath as a child to the antics you got up to last weekend, Facebook can have a devastating effect on your street cred.
Now is the time to employ some damage limitation to keep your reputation intact.
Click the Padlock icon and then the See More Settings option.
Select Timeline and Tagging; you now have the option of restricting who can post on your timeline and reviewing posts that friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline.
If you want to check what your profile looks like to a certain person or the general public, click the View As link in the middle section.
You can also review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook.
Your Facebook privacy settings allow you to have some control over who can see your stuff. However, if one of your friends ‘likes’, comments on or shares your post, it may still become available to others.
Ultimately, the best way of protecting your privacy is to never post anything you wouldn’t be happy for the rest of the world to see – now or in the future!