Secure Yourself on Facebook – 10 Must Have Settings on Your Facebook Account

Facebook is the most popular social media platform among all age groups. Every day, billions of users log into their Facebook accounts and use this platform to strengthen their Social Quotient (SQ).However, less that they know they are giving away much crucial information about themselves that can be mishandled to falsely use their identity for non-legit purposes if their security gets compromised. Facebook being the top-notch social media platform provides its users with a bundle of security settings which appear as confusing as the Indian Judiciary System. However, if we closely take a look at these settings then we can keep ourselves as secure on Facebook as we feel at our home. Facebook gives its users full control on the ‘data privacy’ aspect which knowingly or unknowingly is ignored by most of its users.

With issues related to ‘Data Privacy’ on Facebook popping every now and then, we felt the need to write a post on ‘10 must have settings on your Facebook Account’.

1. Get a ‘ Privacy Check-Up’ Done in 3 Simple Steps

(a) Go to Quick Help –> Privacy Checkup – Manage who can see your posts. Limit it to your friends for greater security.
(b) Keep your profile data i.e. your phone number and date of birth restricted to either ‘Friends’ or ‘Only Me’.
(c) Manage all the apps and websites linked with your Facebook account i.e. apps and websites you have logged in using your Facebook account. Here you can remove any such app or website you wish not be connected using Facebook.

2. Set who can see your future, present and past posts to either ‘Friends’ or ‘Custom’ to keep your pictures and posts restricted to known people.

Go to Settings –> Privacy –> Edit. 
You can even limit the audience of your past posts to just your present friend list using the Limit The Audience for Old Posts on Your Timeline setting.

3. Use Two-Factor Authentication for Secure Login

Go To Settings –>Security and Login –> Two-Factor Authentication
In this feature, you will get a login code on your registered mobile number/email to authenticate your identity after you provide your password to login (in case there’s an unusual attempt to log into your account). You can also use a security app of your choice in case you do not wish to receive the code on the registered number or mail.

4. Limit the audience of your personal data such as email address or phone number.

Go to Settings –> Privacy 
It is recommended to keep this information restricted to your friends or only me.

5. Get Alerts for Unrecognized Logins

Go To Settings –> Security & Login –> Setting Up Extra Security
Get alerts in case someone tries to login into your account without your knowledge. You can choose to receive text messages on your registered number or email id or you can even choose to get a Messenger or Facebook notification or all.

6. Manage the audience who can see the posts in which you are tagged.

Go to Settings –> Timeline and Tagging –> Tagging
You can limit the audience of the posts in which you are tagged using this option. It is recommended to limit it to either friends or custom settings so that only people whom you know can access your personal data such as pictures or posts.

7. Manage who can follow you on Facebook 

Go To Settings –> Public Posts –> Follower Settings
Followers can see your public posts on their news feed even if they are not your friends. Keeping this setting as ‘Public’ might give a chance for unknown people to keep themselves updated about all the activities you post publicly time to time. It is recommended to keep this setting as ‘Friends’ so that only known people can get updated about your public posts on their news feed.

8. Change access permissions to all the apps and websites connected to Facebook.

Go To Settings –> Apps and Websites
You can revoke access to all the websites and apps you logged into using your Facebook account using this setting. It is recommended to revoke access to those apps and websites that are not secure and may use your personal data without your prior consent.

9. Turn off location tracking on your Facebook Mobile App.

Go to Settings on your Phone –> Location –> Location Access –> App Permissions –> Location  Permissions –> Disable Location Access for Facebook
Turning off location access for Facebook prevents your friends to see your exact location when you are online or chatting with them and hence keeps your whereabouts safe from unauthorized access.

10. Disable linking of your profile with other search engines outside Facebook 

Go to Settings –> Privacy –> How People Find and Contact You
Uncheck the box at the bottom of this setting to disable the linking of your Facebook profile with other search engines outside Facebook to keep your personal data safe and not visible to those who can look up to your profile if they know your name.

These are the ‘ 10 Must Have Settings on your Facebook Account’ which will keep your personal data secure from unauthorized access and make you enjoy your social media experience hassle free.