A few months back I brought up all the ways that Facebook has started to change their algorithm, now to add to their everlasting expansion they have completely begun enhancing their privacy settings. As 2018 continues into the crazy summer months the possibilities to keep your personal lives private are endless. In new news you can get an update of your privacy settings with a new feature called Privacy check-up. I have found this feature to be extremely important lately especially with just recently graduating this past Sunday. I can't have my whole college life online for the world to see forever! Or can I? A few centimeters away from the “Home” button, you can click the blue question mark icon which drops down to a variety of new buttons, one of them being the Privacy check-up button. Basically you’re able to see three of the most important things on your profile, quickly enough without searching through your “About me” info or any other confusing sections.
You can make yourself invisible, in other words limit who can even look you up, when you make your Facebook page you have to enter in just about anything they ask for… this includes your email, your phone number, your first and last name, your birthday, and if anyone that knows you enters in any of those things then there you are. You’re found. They might not be able to add or message you depending on how you have everything set up, but they can still physically see you, and if we really don’t want that then here’s how to fix it. Something that could really make or break a difference and that sounds so serious is actually super simple to do. Again, if you go to the little question mark button and click Privacy Shortcuts à See More Settings à in the “How People Find and Contact You” heading; there’s a little spot that says “Who can look you up using your email, phone number, etc. GENIUS!!
Oh but I’m not done yet, you can even have your profile kept off search engines, like Yahoo, Bing and Google. Personally I didn’t even know this could happen, but believe me. If you’re online, even when you’re off you’re still on. You can fix this though! Have you ever heard the Apple commercial, with the slogan “There’s an App for that!” well, with Facebooks new privacy settings, There’s a button for that! If you follow the same steps that you did to ensure how individuals contact you, you can go to the same place to turn off access for search engines. Just switch the “Yes” to a “NO” ☺.
Connecting online is so important in this day and age, so hopefully now that you have a few extra tricks up your sleeve you'll feel a little better about it knowing how private you can really keep your life while still being public!
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