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The Recent studies have shown that the numerous privacy concerns are very much on the minds of the Facebook users. The Part of being a responsible and efficient member of any  online community whether it is a social networking site or sorting other, it is about educating yourself and your loved ones on how to appropriately configure the privacy and the security settings offered by the platform. The fact that the Facebook has over a billion members and some are out to hack, victimize and scam others makes the issue even more pressing and problematic.

Our basic aim was to create a guide that the Facebook users could take reference to help them set up their privacy and the security controls quickly, easily and appropriate for their comfort level of sharing and using the Facebook.

This walk-through the sequential steps will show you how to configure your General, Security and Privacy Settings:

We will start out with the General Settings here. Click the padlock icon located in the top right corner of the Facebook home page and then select the ‘More Settings’ link. Oreilles, if you are logged into the Facebook account, you can click this link and it will take you straight there: https://www.facebook.com/settings.

Use a dedicated email address for the Facebook. If you use an email account which you also use for the banking or other sensitive information, then you are opening yourself up to a world of deceit and hurt if your Facebook account is ever hacked. There are several free email providers – yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail and many other,  just to name a few.

You got to create a strong, secure password for your Facebook account.

The Security Settings –

 

  • Click the ‘Security’ tab located in the left column of your Facebook front page.
  • Enable the Login Notifications – this lets you know when your account has been accessed or used
  • The Require Login Approvals – this will require you to enter a code sent to you via text message if the Facebook doesn’t recognize the device. This is the best way to prevent your account from being hacked. You can enable the text notifications or use the Code Generator too.
  • The Code Generator – Lets you get a code from the mobile Facebook application to complete the ‘Login Approval’ process.
  • The Setup a List of Trusted Contacts to help you reclaim a hacked account or if you lose your password in the process.
  • The Trusted Browsers – We recommend not saving any browsers and logging out after each Facebook session, this will keep the account age.

Where You’re Logged In

This shows the different locations or devices you are currently logged into Facebook. End any active sessions you don’t recognize and monitor this closely if you think your account is being accessed by a third party.

 

The Privacy Settings-

 

  • Click the ‘Privacy’ tab located in the left column of the Facebook page:
  • Set the default privacy or else sharing option to the Friends.
  • Use the Activity Log to review all your posts and the things you’re tagged in
  • Limit the audience for the old posts on your Timeline
  • Set who can send you friend requests.  If you want people from your past to be able to locate you, then you’ll have to set this to everyone for letting people approach you.
  • Select if you want Basic or else Strict filtering for your inbox.
  • Set “Who can look me up?” to Friends, just to be safe.

Don’t allow search engines to link to your Timeline at all.