How to Use Facebook Safely

A lot of people really love using Facebook, and it’s no wonder considering it makes it so much easier and more fun to share information with others. But sharing has its downsides as well, the biggest one being the loss of privacy. Fortunately for all of us, it doesn’t have to be that way, especially since Facebook has improved a lot of important privacy settings. Check out how you can take advantage of them to start using Facebook safely!

  1. Never set your profile to Public

Facebook allows you to decide exactly who will be able to see the content you post on your timeline. You can choose between Public, Friends and Only Me options. When you set your profile to Public, anyone can see your posts, and when you set it to Only Me, you’re the only one allowed to see them. This is why it would be best to set your profile to Friends.

  1. Avoid listing your contact information

While registering for a Facebook account, you’ll be asked to provide your contact information. It’s completely safe to do this as long as you protect that information. You can do this simply by changing the privacy settings for, let’s say, your e-mail address to Only Me.

  1. Randomly change your password

If you’re scared of someone hacking into your Facebook account, you’ll be glad to hear there’s a pretty simple fix for your problem. In order to prevent this, you only need to change your password from time to time (and, of course, you must know how to create strong passwords).

  1. Make sure the content you post is not incriminating

Being safe on Facebook doesn’t mean just preventing someone from stealing your information. It also involves making sure you yourself post nothing incriminating. Pictures and videos of you inebriated, for instance, might do you harm down the line, which is why it would be best to avoid them altogether.

  1. Keep track of your tags

But you’re not the only one posting pictures and videos of yourself, right? Other people can do that, too. And they can also add tags, letting everyone know it’s you they’re looking at. This is why you need to keep track of your tags and remove them whenever necessary.