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How to Lock Down Facebook Privacy –

Amy-Mae Elliott, writer for, published a post that explores how to lock down Facebook account‘s privacy settings. It’s a simple step-by-step guide covering issues like who can see your friends and followers, your photos and your likes, or how to configure general privacy settings and tools. Here is a short section of the post that can be handy while working with clients on their social media use or to check your own Facebook settings:

Facebook privacy settings are complex and, to make things more difficult, they change on a regular basis.

We explored how to lock down your Facebook account’s privacy settings, for both your public profile and under the hood. Follow this simple step-by-step process to make sure you’re not sharing anything outside your comfort zone.

Taking some time to lock down your Facebook privacy settings is a good idea. When Facebook makes future changes, it will be easier to keep on top of what’s new. Take a look below for our privacy walkthrough.

How to Lock Down Your Profile

Find the main areas of your profile organized into tabs under your cover photo.


To get started, click on your “About” heading, scroll down and select “See All.”

The “About” section is divided into multiple sub-sections, with a wealth of personal information in each. You have to manually change the privacy settings for almost every granular element.

To check your privacy levels for each item of info, click on “Edit” at the top-right of each section.

You will see an icon next to each bit of info in the new expanded view. The icon design changes, depending on the privacy level, but you’ll most likely see a globe icon, indicating that info is public, or a two-person icon, which shows info is for friends’ eyes only.

To change the privacy level, click on the icon and select the option you want from the drop-down menu.

If you don’t have time to check your entire “About” section, we suggest taking a close look at your “Contact Information” sub-section at the very least.

Check out the full step-by-step guide via How to Lock Down Facebook Privacy.


2 comments on “How to Lock Down Facebook Privacy –

  1. Bryan McDonald
    July 19, 2013

    Impressive, definitely great material. This blog is absolutely awesome.

  2. Pingback: Privacy and Security on Facebook [Infographic] | MOBILE SOCIAL WORK

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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