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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

The Facebook cheat sheet

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By Khalid Diriye


Studies have shown that although most internet users worry about their online privacy, only 1/4 of those users have taken steps to change their privacy settings to ensure greater protection on social networking sites.

The fact that this information isn’t automatically private doesn’t mean that Facebook doesn’t offer users the option to be selective about the information they share publicly, it’s up to the user to activate these features for themselves.

Being aware of your privacy settings is empowering in a number of ways. Firstly, you can selectively share positive information about yourself on your public profile. For example, it might be useful to share a piece of work that you’re proud of publicly, but keep controversial political opinions for friends only.

Here are a few things you can do to secure your Facebook page.

1. Have a secure password!  14 characters long or more is recommended

2. Setup login alerts.

3. Setup your posts to be shared with "Friends Only."

4. Change who can see posts from friends on your timeline.

5. Setup tag approvals.

6. Customize the visibility settings for each individual post.