Take Control Of Your Facebook.

It’s a little thing we call Social Responsibility.

Can you put your hand on your heart and say you’ve got control over your social platforms?

Well everytime we think about what is going on for us and our business or us personally on social it’s really all about control and how we do that to our best advantage. Here’s a few practical tips to help you be more secure and in control of your information on your Facebook Account.

Do Not Disturb.

Sometimes on Facebook it can feel like people don’t leave you alone. Silly comments, constant tagging. Well sort it out. Simply take it off automatic. Go to Settings/Timeline/Tagging and you’ll find that you can take control  of exactly who can add things to your timeline and also who can see what.

And while you are at it hide the fact you are online at all. There are obvious advantages to letting people see when you are online. For one thing you can chat on instant messenger with friends and colleagues. Then again, it’s a big distraction if you are working. So get rid if you need to. Click the chat box on the bottom right of the screen/ ‘More Friends’/ Cog/ Advanced Settings/ ‘Turn on chat for all friends except’.

Who’s In Charge.

You really need to make your password more secure. To do this you can enable the ‘2-factor authentication’ which send you a randomly generated code every couple of months to your phone. Go to the downward arrow on the top right of the screen, click Settings/Security/ Login Approvals.

Say No To Read Receipts.

Save yourself the embarrassment of having read someones message and now replied. You’ll need a browser extension called AdBlock. It can be tweaked to also block your friends from seeing when you’ve read their messages. Once installed click extension/Options/Customise/’Manually Edit Your Filters’ and then paste “facebook.com/ajax/mercury/change_read_status.php$xmlhttprequest” on one line.

Activity History.

Why would you want everyone to see what you are doing all the time? If you don’t want someone to see the latest app you downloaded then click on the downward arrow on the top right of the screen, Activity Log and then clicking on the pen icons beside each action.

Your History.

How long have you been on Facebook? Do you want everyone to see your party pics from 15 years ago? Probably not. So click on the downward arrow on the top right of the screen. Go to Settings, Privacy, and  ‘Limit Past Posts Limit the audience for posts you’ve shared with friends of friends or Public?’ Phew! No more embarrassing blasts from the past. You may just want to delete things as well.

Unwanted Apps.

It’s best to remove access from Facebook in case companies are using your information when you don’t want them to. Just go to the downward arrow on the top right of the screen, click Settings, and Apps. And delete those you don’t use anymore.

Facebook Unfollow.

Unfriending people isn’t always feasible. After all it can be offensive, but you can hide their posts from your News Feed. Click the downward arrow in the top right-hand corner of a post and select ‘Unfollow’, so their updates no longer appear.

Back It Up.

What would happen if Facebook was no more? What if all the photos, messages and posts you lovingly posted disappeared? Download your personal archive by going to the downward arrow on the top right of the screen, Settings, Download a copy of your Facebook data.

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