Do you know who sees what you post on Facebook? I don't. I wish I did, but as hard as I try to limit what people can see on my personal Facebook page, I know there are creepers out there that are able to dig around and find things easier than I can hide things from them.
I clicked on one of those quizzy things the other day on my newsfeed. It revealed my personality to me by scanning through my FB posts and analyzing what I post and it was wrong, but whatever. Glad my FB personality isn't my real personality. Then I was investigating this quiz and I could click on my friend's names and it would show me THEIR personality results from scanning their posts.
Let me tell you that again.
I could see someone else's results because I was their friend on FB. The app had permissions to see my friend's pages, despite the fact that it "reassured" me that "only me" could see if it posted "on my behalf."
I felt violated for my friends. I felt violated because my friends could see my (inaccurate) results.
That was a big problem for me.
Then, this past weekend I went out with some friends and she was posting photos and tagging me in some of them, which I'm normally fine with... except that when I checked, her FB was open to the entire world. Nope, don't want. I then spent the subsequent moments untagging myself, so I'm glad there was that option, but still, what happened to privacy?
I understand the concept behind social media is to share ALL THE THINGS! I get it. That doesn't mean I like it. There is no social media platform that is inherently better or worse than another. Sure, you might have a favorite
Despite my "no shame" life policy and the fact that I have a blog, it doesn't mean I want ALL THE PEOPLE! to know every intricate detail about myself. There are some things that just aren't for public consumption. For instance, I don't tell you about "being a girl" or having sex or most of my bodily functions. And sometimes, I don't even tell you what I did that weekend.. /gasp! Sometimes, I just like to not have everyone knowing my business.
Anyways, the point of all that is to share a few things about FB privacy (as that's my primary social media outlet) that you hopefully know about, but if you don't then you'll be educated in all the ways of "secrecy" or as much "secrecy" as one can obtain with social media.
This isn't a guide to make your name disappear from the internet (I've tried, it seems to be impossible) or to make you not-findable via Facebook. If someone is super determined, they will be able to find you on Facebook. I totally believe in the 6 degrees of separation. I'm sure that I know someone that knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who I know. It just a really small world. But maybe this will stop those creepers from friend requesting you at 3am?
Here are my suggestions for locking down your Facebook profile/information. Please note that Facebook's default setting for everything is "Public."
There is a way to customize your audience for your postings, you just click on custom and select who you do/don't want to see things Changing that in box below will make it apply to your ALL THE THINGS you post. I also show how to change a single status below.
|Review your timeline settings to limit who can post on your timeline, to see what people can see on your timeline, and turn on/off notifications if/when you are tagged on Facebook.|
So that is my quick Facebook Privacy lesson. I'm sure that in the near future, Facebook will revamp their entire design or update their legal page regarding privacy settings to where everything has to be set to public, so this guide will be for naught. But I made the effort!!
Now please, go lock down your FB pages so you're not stalkable!!!