So you want to make a Facebook account. Your friends have accounts and everyone seems like they’re having a good time. You could find people you haven’t spoken to in a while. Best of all making a Facebook account is easy to do; it just takes a little time. While you’re at it, though, make sure to look at your privacy settings.
Many people overlook this very easy step. But, overlooking this step can mean you might have people you don’t know looking at your profile. Worse, there may be people looking at your profile that you don’t want to be doing so.
To avoid this decidedly unpleasant situation, look at the top right of your Facebook screen. There is a button that says “Account” and it has an indicator arrow pointing down. When you click it a drop-down list will appear, click the link that says “Privacy Settings.”
From this point the rest is fairly self explanatory. There are there basic settings for viewers: everyone, friends, and friends of friends. Personally, I limit mine to just friends. Near the bottom of the “Sharing on Facebook” area there is a link that says “Customize settings.” This allows you to further limit what information gets seen and by whom. You can make it so that certain people can’t see certain information on your wall. You can also make it so that not all information from one category is limited to one of the three prior groups mentioned. So, maybe your friends can see what your hometown is, but they can’t see your birthday.
Taking this easy step will help protect you from malicious persons on the internet. It will also give you a little piece of mind when sharing information about yourself on the web.