Facebook Security Best Practices

Facebook Security Best Practices

Now is an excellent time to review your Facebook privacy settings to make sure your account – and your personal life – is as secure as you want it to be.

Following multiple controversies in recent days about how user information is treated by Facebook, the social media site updated its privacy and security options in spring of 2018. If you haven’t reviewed your settings, now is the time.

Previously, updating and locking down your information on Facebook was a daunting task, as you had to navigate a maze of options to tailor your privacy settings. Now, if you use the site primarily through your mobile devices, Facebook has created a Privacy Shortcuts page underneath Settings & Privacy, where you can:

  • Review your settings
  • Manage location settings
  • Control facial recognition
  • Determine who can see past and future posts

And more. On the same page, you’ll find the Account Security section where you can not only do the basics like update your password or personal information – we recommend carefully considering how much personal information you grant the site, like your employment or education information – and you can also get alerts about unauthorized logins and set up two-factor authentication.

One of the biggest scandals the site faced recently was how it uses personal information for targeting advertisement. Users can now review their ad preferences and settings and learn how ads work on Facebook via this page.

If you use Facebook primarily through a desktop browser, the Privacy and Settings Tools page is located under General Account Settings (through the Settings link in the main dropdown menu). Less flashy than the mobile app, you can still update what Facebook shares about you, who can search for your profile, and how visible your posts are here.

Curious about everything Facebook knows about you? You can download or view your account information via the Your Facebook Information tab, also under the Settings section.

One very important section under Settings: Apps and Websites. This is absolutely worth a review if you have not previously done so. For years, users granted permission to various apps and websites to log in to other sites and apps. Here, you can remove which apps and sites can access your account, limit what they can see if you do want to grant them access, and more. The fewer apps and sites that can see your information, the better.

Perhaps the best advice for maintaining your privacy on Facebook, and all social media, is to stay vigilant. These sites frequently update their policies, and given the issues that have arisen in the past year, it falls on us as users to hold a healthy level of skepticism when engaging with social media and educate ourselves about the ever changing state of privacy and social media.