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How to update your Facebook Privacy & Security Settings

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Security online is becoming more and more important.  If you’re an avid Facebook user but have concerns over security and privacy, here’s a few things you can do to make your account more secure:

  1. Start with an overview of your privacy.

To begin, tap on the top right icon (3 horizontal lines) on your phone from the Facebook app.  Scroll down to the Settings & Privacy drop down and tap on Privacy Shortcuts.  From here you’ll see an overview of all your privacy settings.  Go to See more privacy settings and then Check a few important settings to run through a simple privacy check-up.

  1. Limit who can see past and future posts.

It’s good practice to set both of these options to Friends, so that any searches of you will reveal nothing.  This is an important step because you don’t want people who don’t know you to be able to discover pictures of you in 2010, or if you’re applying for a job, or are in a very forward facing role such as teaching, it’s important that images of you remain private.

  1. Turn on timeline review.

Timeline review does exactly what it says on the tin – everything that you get tagged in and would normally be added to your timeline automatically for all to see, now has to be approved by you.  That includes photos of you on last night’s office social, a meme about drinking your friend might have tagged you in, or a location check in at a bar when you should be at a family get together.  To turn on timeline review tap on the top right icon (3 horizontal lines) on your phone from the Facebook app.  Scroll down to the Settings & Privacy drop down and tap on Settings.  Scroll down to Timeline and Tagging, from here you have options to decide who sees your posts, and most importantly, right at the bottom, the option to turn on Timeline Review.

  1. Use two-factor authentication for logging in.

Two-factor authentication uses your phone as an extra layer of security for logging into new browsers for the first time by sending a code to your phone.  To enable, tap on the top right icon (3 horizontal lines) on your phone from the Facebook app.  Scroll down to the Settings & Privacy drop down and tap on Settings.  Scroll down to Security & Login and then to Use two-factor authentication.  From here you can also choose 3 to 5 friends to contact if you are locked out, who will be able to verify to Facebook that you are who you say you are.

  1. Manage what information is included on your profile.

Facebook profiles contain a lot of personal information, and if you chose to, you can remove all of this information entirely.  To do this, tap on the top right icon (3 horizontal lines) on your phone from the Facebook app.  Scroll down to the Settings & Privacy drop down and tap on Settings. Scroll down to Privacy Settings, and then Manage Profile.  From here you can delete/edit all of your personal information visible in your profile.

Security issues aren’t just a problem on social media.  Viruses can cause a lot of down time, and ransomware is becoming more and more disruptive to businesses, encrypting data until a large sum of money is paid to release it.  Take a look at our Security Software & Protection services to see how we can help your business put the right measures in place to avoid security and ransomware issues altogether.

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