If you have strict privacy settings on Facebook, chances are you know WHAT your Facebook Activity Log is. Especially if you have the option set to approve posts before they’re allowed to your timeline, which is the most common occurrence. And which, by the way, you should definitely have turned on.
For the uninitiated wondering what this Activity Log is, it’s everything. You read that correctly. Everything you have done on Facebook is chronologically categorized and organized for your viewing pleasure or private shame. The good news? You’re the only one that can see your Activity Log.
The bad news? You’re probably not aware of the completely douchey profile you’re creating about yourself — “private” or no. So let’s see what it sees and what you might want to … modify. Hmm?
Ever wondered why you’re seeing an ad, or why people who aren’t your friends are commenting on or liking your posts? Facebook privacy can be confusing to many, which is why the company announced Thursday a feature called Privacy Basics, where users can have all of their privacy concerns answered in a highly visual and intuitive way.
Privacy Basics is broken up into three main categories: what others see about you, how others interact with you and what you see.
Erin Egan, Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer, described Privacy Basics:
Privacy Basics offers interactive guides to answer the most commonly asked questions about how you can control your information on Facebook. For example, you can learn about untagging, unfriending, and blocking, and how to choose an audience for your posts. This information is available in 36 languages.
Privacy Basics is the latest step we’ve taken to help you make sure you’re sharing with exactly who you want, including our privacy checkup, reminder for people posting publicly and simplified audience selectors.
In an update the site’s terms and policies, Facebook is also giving users more control over the kinds of ads they see both on desktop and mobile.
In the spirit of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Facebook recently shared a video with some tips that users can take to ensure their profile is locked down.
The video below explains features such as login approvals and remote session management.
Facebook has redesigned its app settings page, making it easier for users to manage app permissions, as well as delete Facebook apps they don’t use anymore.
By going to the settings screen, then apps, users can see all apps they’ve connected with via Facebook, as well as toggle features such as personalization.
Tailoring your News Feed to your interests and likes has been a core concept of Facebook since its early beginnings. But have you noticed that now, when Facebook recommends a store, brand, film, etc., it also lets you know which of your friends like it, too? When that happens, do you scratch your head and say to yourself, “Well, how do they know what my friends like?”
Facebook is addressing the fear associated with its Messenger application. Some mobile users are seeing a prompt atop News Feed, titled Messenger: Myths vs. Facts, according to a story in TheNextWeb.
Much of the unease over Facebook’s Messenger app — which is now the only way, other than mobile browser, that Facebook users can check and respond to messages — comes from a fear-mongering Huffington Post article and a story from a radio station, both of which have been widely circulated around the social network.
Facebook is now answering these rumors. When a user who sees the prompt taps “Learn More,” it leads them to a post explaining the truths about Facebook Messenger and privacy.
In the current era of data mining, account hacking and identity theft, cyber-security has never been more important. And an area that many people leave insanely unprotected is social media, Facebook in particular. Crooks have begun using social media in a variety of ways, from pulling our personal information for identity theft, to paying attention to when you go on vacation in order to rob you while you’re away. And employers (even though they’re not supposed t0) ARE checking your profiles, people.
Fortunately, there are several simple steps that can be taken to lock down your Facebook account and slam the digital door in the face of would-be thieves and other prying eyes.
Facebook announced today a shift in privacy settings for new users. Now, when someone signs up for a profile, their default posting status is set to friends only. Previously, the default was global — allowing any Web users to see the content.
Facebook will also conduct privacy check-ups for existing users who haven’t changed their settings in a while. These changes were previously announced at a media event last month, but are now being implemented.
Facebook blogged about the shift for new users:
While some people want to post to everyone, others have told us that they are more comfortable sharing with a smaller group, like just their friends. We recognize that it is much worse for someone to accidentally share with everyone when they actually meant to share just with friends, compared with the reverse.
So, going forward, when new people join Facebook, the default audience of their first post will be set to Friends. Previously, for most people, it was set to Public.
First time posters will also see a reminder to choose an audience for their first post, and if they don’t make a choice, it will be set to Friends. People can change who they are posting to at any time, and can also change the privacy of their past posts too.
One of the biggest points of confusion among Facebook users comes with privacy settings. It’s something that Facebook as a company takes seriously, engineers and managers told reporters Tuesday.
Every day, Facebook performs 80 trillion checks to ensure that users’ content is shown only to the audiences they intended. User input is also valued highly, as Facebook runs 4,000 surveys per day in 27 languages, gauging opinion on privacy settings and changes.
But soon, users on both desktop and mobile will see clearer calls to action and options to let them know just who they’re sharing content with. One of the chief complaints the Facebook privacy team has received is when unintended recipients see content, most likely because the user has privacy set incongruently.
So what’s going to happen?
According to a recent infographic by NextAdvisor.com, 50 percent of Facebook users surveyed have yet to use the “view as” feature when checking their privacy settings. Are you one of the 50 percent?
The detailed infographic shows how Facebook users are still leaving vital information exposed.
Click below to find out how you can tighten up the security settings on your Facebook profile.