By Cynthia Hetherington, Hetherington Group
Cynthia Hetherington has more than 15 years of experience in research, investigations and corporate intelligence. She is a consultant for Thomson Reuters and the founder of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing and training firm focusing on intelligence, security and investigations. Visit Cynthia on Twitter.
Continued from Part 1.
Adjusting privacy settings
To adjust the privacy settings for your Facebook account, log into your profile, go to the “Account” tab in the top right corner, and select “Privacy Settings.” Under “Connecting on Facebook,” choose “View Settings.” This section explains how people who are not your Facebook friends are currently viewing your information. There are several areas to control your settings: search for you on Facebook, send you friend requests, send you messages, see your friend list, see your education and work, see your current city and hometown, and see your likes, activities, and other connections. The first three categories have three choices of who can view that information: friends only, friends of friends, or everyone. The remaining sections have the same settings available in addition to offering the opportunity to customize the setting. By choosing the customize function, you are able to specify to whom the content is visible. The options are: friends only, friends of friends, “only me,” or specific people (already on your list of friends). It is also possible to hide the content from certain people who are already included on your list of friends as well. Afterward, you can select “Preview My Profile” to view how your profile appears to those who are not your Facebook friends. After completing the settings in that area, select “Back to Privacy.”
Sharing on Facebook
In the next section, “Sharing on Facebook,” the features which can be edited are: your status, photos and posts, bio and favorite quotations, family and relationships, photos and videos you’re tagged in, religious and political views, birthday, permission to comment on your posts, places you check in to, and contact information. The options for who can view these areas are: everyone, friends of friends, friends only, recommended, or custom. Facebook’s recommended setting is to have your status, photos, posts, bio, favorite quotations, family, and relationships set to be viewed by everyone. Facebook’s recommendation for photos and videos you’re tagged in, religious and political views, and birthday is that they should be available to friends of friends in addition to the previous information. Permission to comment on your posts, places you check in to, and contact information is recommended by Facebook to be viewed by friends only. There is also an option to let friends of people tagged in photos and posts see them. After you make your selections, choose “Apply These Settings.”