2013 Update: Facebook’s security settings are ever changing. Since the original 2011 post was written security and privacy has undergone many changes. Some of the most recent updates were prompted by the company “going public”. The advice is in the post to frequently check your setting remains important.
Now you can access privacy settings from your Home News Feed Page. Just click on the padlock icon in the upper right corner in the blue menu bar next to home to open the Privacy Shortcuts drop-down. Three basic privacy concerns are addressed:
- Who can see my stuff?
- Who can contact me?
- How do I stop someone from bothering me?
Clicking on the blue arrow beside the concern opens a submenu. This menu contains answers with links to live examples with tips and some privacy settings that you can adjust right from the menu.
The More Settings link takes you to the equivalent settings areas that are addressed in this article. You will find some new settings, but the option to set a universal setting as to who you are sharing with still remains. The tip to be sure to check who are posting to be sending your post out, still is valid as post by post settings will override the universal setting.
Keep your privacy in check and look for new changes on a regular basis. Remember even Zuck’s sister got caught with sharing with more people than she wanted to.
From 2011 and still good advice: Facebook is constantly updating and changing their security settings without any public announcements. I strongly advise checking the privacy settings frequently. A new setting, Let friends of people tagged in my photos and post see them, showed up on my privacy setting page checked and ready to go. For myself, I decided to uncheck it.
This led me to reconsider the Can see Wall posts by by friends under Things other share and I decided to change that to Friends Only. I go back and forth on that one, since I enjoy seeing friends of friends posts sometimes. Today I am in the Friends Only mood. Remember most security settings are just personal preference on how much to share with the Facebook community. The current important security settings are mentioned in the Security Privacy Tips post. It’s not easy to keep up with Facebook’s ever changing security settings, but here are my current security settings: