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How to Have Privacy on Facebook

While we stay in touch with family and friends via Facebook, there are ways to protect your privacy while sharing cute photos of your dog, your holiday and more.

While on a personal computer do the following:

Check Your Privacy
Facebook allows you to easily check your privacy and adjust your account settings if you need too. Just click the question mark in the top right section of the menu bar on your profile page and scroll down to “Privacy Checkup.” You can adjust who sees your Posts (the public, friends on Facebook, friends except {allows you to pick those you want to keep as Facebook friends but don’t want to share every post with}, friends of friends, specific friends, and more), Your Profile and Apps/Websites who you have granted profile access.

Check Your Ad Preferences

Facebook will serve up ads based on what you have clicked within their site and your personal information. Adjust your settings by clicking on the downward-facing triangle at the top right of your profile page, then scroll down to "Settings." Then in the left hand side column, click on “Ads”. Go through each setting removing interests, advertisers you have interacted with, toggling off information you don’t want to share, adjust ad settings, hide topics of interest and others. You can delete topics or companies by hovering over its respective icon and clicking the X.

Restrict Mobile Device’s Location Services
You can do this through your phone or while on Facebook. Click the downward-facing triangle at the top right of your profile page, then scroll down to "Settings” and then click on the “Location” on the left hand column.

Adjust Your 3rd Party App Settings

If you have played Candy Crush, Trivia Crack, Farmville or any other game or quizz through Facebook, you have granted them access to link to your profile. While they may not be writing on your timeline, they do have access to your personal information.

Here’s how to unlink those apps:

  1. Click the downward-facing triangle at the top right of your profile page, then scroll down to "Settings."
  2. Once in the Settings, click the “Apps” section. You’ll find a list of all the third-party apps that you’ve granted access to.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of this list, locate the “Apps, Websites and Plugins” box, click edit, and click “Disable Platform.”
  4. On the same App Settings page, find the “Apps Others Use” box, and click Edit. Select which of your personal information is shared when any of your friends use apps, including your bio, your birthday, your recent Facebook activity and even your religious and political affiliations.

Now that you know how to keep your privacy safe, keep on posting those cat memes, gardening tips, and family recipes!

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Anonymous
Anonymous from VIC commented:

Excellent information, thank you so much. I thought I had pretty good privacy on my Facebook however I've been able to revise some things, very helpful. thank you 

Shelia at Fifty Up Club
Shelia at Fifty Up Club from NSW commented:

You're very welcome! 

rosemary
rosemary from NSW commented:

Just want out - the more I hear about Facebook the less I like it. I think we've all been conned and are all being used and just mined for all our information which then is being sold on. What a racket! 

John
John from VIC commented:

Thanks. I adjusted lots of info.. 

Shelia at Fifty Up Club
Shelia at Fifty Up Club from NSW replied to John:

You're welcome John. 

Lynne
Lynne from NSW commented:

It's great getting the help Sheila Taylor & Fifty up Club gives, but how much of this info you give helps on the same ratio to country folk - city folk ?? I happily live in Grafton NSW & I've found there is a difference from what is being offered from city to country !! Unless you've lived it you might not have noticed it. Probably a bit like the theory politicians give that there is no global warming !!! Yeah right !! Anyway I like to read your help & I hope that I can use some of this NBN if the mongrel ever gets here - not that I want it but I believe we're being forced to have it - right !! 

Shelia at Fifty Up Club
Shelia at Fifty Up Club from NSW replied to Lynne:

Hi Lynne, I'm you find what we write helpful. That is what we want to be more than anything: helpful. When we write something it is a general overview versus targeted towards a specific location or group but we can always do something target driven now that I know what you're looking for. 

Anonymous
Anonymous from WA commented:

Thank you Shelia Taylor and Fifty Up Club. Very useful 

Nigel
Nigel from WA commented:

Thanks, very handy 

Shelia at Fifty Up Club
Shelia at Fifty Up Club from NSW replied to Nigel:

You're welcome Nigel. 

David
David from QLD commented:

This information will come in handy for our community group at Beachmere Assist as some clients have been concerned particularly with their mobile devices 

Shelia at Fifty Up Club
Shelia at Fifty Up Club from NSW replied to David:

That's wonderful to know David. We're glad it will help. 

Anonymous
Anonymous from WA commented:

Thank you for the information. 

Shelia at Fifty Up Club
Shelia at Fifty Up Club from NSW commented:

You're welcome 

Heather
Heather from QLD commented:

Thank you for this information. 

Shelia at Fifty Up Club
Shelia at Fifty Up Club from NSW replied to Heather:

You're welcome Heather 

Trevor
Trevor from VIC commented:

Some very good & important information written in very user friendly way. Thank you 

Marlene
Marlene from NSW replied to Trevor:

I agree, thanks 

Shelia at Fifty Up Club
Shelia at Fifty Up Club from NSW replied to Marlene:

You're welcome Marlene 

Shelia at Fifty Up Club
Shelia at Fifty Up Club from NSW replied to Trevor:

You're welcome Trevor! 

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