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How to Lock Down Facebook Account

Facebook is a great social-networking site. It allows you to stay in touch with your Friends, Family and your Relatives. It is necessary that you take care of the information you share on Facebook which you would want to be private can be viewed by any person who visits your Facebook Account.
Here, we will see how to Lock Down Facebook Account.

Step-by-Step Guide to Make your Profile Private
Facebook is a great place to stay in contact with your friends, family and other contacts online. It is a place where hackers find it great to get every possible information, photos and other data if you don’t configure your account settings properly. You will need to change the Privacy Settings.

As in below screenshot, go to Account and click on Privacy Settings.

facebook privacy

 

When you click on Privacy Settings, you will be directed to this page:

facebook privacy settings page

 

As you see in the above screenshot, in Control Your Default Privacy, there are three options being given.

  1. Public
  2. Friends
  3. Custom

If you select option as Public, then all your status updates and photos that you post to your profile can be viewed by all.

If you select option as Friends, then all your status updates and photos that you post to your profile can be viewed by only your Facebook friends.

If you select Custom, you will see the below page:

facebook custom privacy settings

 

If you select the drop-down in “Make this visible to”, you get four options as in the below screenshot.

lock down facebook custom privacy

 

If you select “Friends of Friends, then all your status updates and photos that you post to your profile can be viewed by your Facebook friends as well as their friends also.
If you select “Friends”, then only your Facebook Friends can see your updates.
If you select “Specific People or Lists”, then as in below screenshot, you will see a text box where you can enter the name of your Friend, who you would want to see the updates in your Profile.

lock down facebook custom privacy 2

 

Once you have entered the name in the text box, it would look like this:

custom privacy settings to specific people

If you select the last option i.e Only Me in “Make this visible to” Tab, only you will be able to see the updates in your profile.

Once you are done with the changes in the Privacy Settings, you can now Save your Setting.

 

>> The Next setting is How You Connect:

When you click on Edit Settings in How You Connect you get this:

facebook how you connect setting

In this Screen, you can choose the level of Privacy as per your need by clicking on the drop-down box provided for each Question.

 

>> The next setting is How Tags Work:

When you click on Edit settings in How Tags Work you get below screen, Tag is something very interesting and sometime very annoying because many people simply tag anything with your profile name, so it’s better you review tags before it gets to publish on your profile.

how tag works facebook settings

  • Profile Review

This could be very handy where you can review post before it get publish in your profile page. You can Turn On Profile Review as per your requirements. By Default its “OFF” change the settings to “ON”, After Changing setting to “ON” you get this screen:

facebook Profile review

  • Tag Review

You can Turn On Tag Review as per your requirements. By Default its “OFF” change the settings to “ON”, After Changing setting to “ON” you get this screen:

turn on tag review facebook settings

  • Maximum Profile Visibility

This setting will restrict visibility of post you’re tagged which is on your profile, you can select the options as per your need as in the below screenshot.

how tag works visiblity settings

  • Tag Suggestions

This settings allow friends to easily tag your name in their photos while uploading photo, By Default its “ON”, you can either keep it ON or OFF as per your need.

  • Friends Can Check You Into Places

Friends can check you into Places, By Default its “ON”, you can either keep it ON or OFF as per your need.

 

>> The next setting is Limit the Audience for Past Posts:

Cautions: Read properly before you take any action here. Once you Click on “Limit Old Posts” then you cannot revert back the settings.

This setting will eventually restrict the people from viewing your post except your friend. If you’re concerned about who can see all your past post and want to limit the people from viewing your post except for your friends and people who are tagged and not public, then you can go ahead and  click “Limit Old Post”.

limt the audience for old posts on your profile

 

>> The next setting is Blocked People and Apps:

Block people and Apps you don’t like, When you click on Manage Blocking, you get this screen:

facebook manage blocking settings page

When you add your Friends to Restricted list, they can only see the information and posts that you make public. There is no notification given by Facebook to your Friends when you add them to your Restricted list.
You just have to enter the name of your Friend and his Email in the text box provided and click on Block to block users. The same procedure follows for Block app invites, and Block event invites.

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