How to improve your privacy on Facebook

You may have noticed that Facebook has introduced a new Privacy Shortcut tool, which will hopefully make it easier for you to manage who sees your profile and who can contact you.

If however you’re not really sure where to begin here are five simple steps that you can take to make your account more secure.

1. Who Can See My Stuff?

1. Who Can See My Stuff?

Facebook now has more than one billion active users, but you don’t want all of them to have access to your life. Click on the Privacy Shortcut button and select Who Can See My Stuff?

Under the dropdown menu, select Friends. This restricts who can see any future posts, but it’s also a good idea to limit the audience for old posts, in which case select Limit Past Posts. Have a careful look at the Activity Log in this section to make sure there’s nothing untoward on your account.

2. Secure Browsing

2. Secure Browsing

Click on the Privacy Shortcut button in the top-right corner, the small padlock icon, and select See More Settings. Select Security from the left-hand menu and you’ll see a list of security settings.

Click on Edit next to Secure Browsing, click the checkbox and Save changes. Selecting this option could occasionally cause problems with some apps but it’s a small price to pay for keeping your data safe.

3. Secure Login

3. Secure Login

Click on Edit next to Login Notifications and click the checkbox to be notified if someone tries to access your account from an unknown computer or mobile device.

Choose either an email, or text message/push notification and Save Changes. You can also choose to add an additional security code for unfamiliar logins.

4. Active Sessions

4. Active Sessions

Click on Edit next to Active Sessions and you’ll see a list of when your account has been accessed and where from (based on the IP address). End any sessions that you don’t want running anymore and keep a check on this for any irregular activity.

5. Change your password

5. Change your password

Select General from the left-hand menu and you’ll see a list of your General Account Settings. It will tell you how long it’s been since you last changed your password and if it’s been more than a year, it’s a good idea to update it with something secure that you don’t use anywhere else.

And last but not least…

Don’t forget to log out after every session!

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