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10 tips to protect your privacy on Facebook

March 13, 2013


How to protect your personal information, status or pictures on Facebook?
At a time when the 26 million Facebook users are worried about being the victim to the bug that may reveal their personnal messages, here’s a short guide to properly protect your privacy on the social network.

Filter you personal information upon registration

  • Upon registration, Facebook is picky and demands a lot of accurate data. As a reminder, however, only the name, email address, date of birth and gender are required.
  • Subsequently, the social network will require more information – employment, education, place of residence, relationship status, religion, political opinion, etc.. – but all these are optional to use the social platform. However, if the user decides to enter these informations, it is possible to restrict their visibility
  • On your “About” page, for each category select “edit”, then right-click on the logo. Then choose whether to make the information “public”, accessible only to “friends” or “Private”, thus restricting their visibility to a particualr group of “friends”.

Monitor the published status

When updating your status, it is important to verify who can access these information and who can’t. Click on the logo at the bottom of sharing dialog box, and select whether to make the message “Public” or “Private”. Note that, you can modify the privacy settings of status that have been already published.

Monitor your “Likes”

  • Introduced in early 2009, the “Like” button is one of the real successes of Facebook. However, with time, the “interests” stacks up and say a lot about you. *Through your profile page, you can view all of your “I like”.
  • To hide your interest to some people, simply select “edit” then for each category to select the sharing type.

Monitor your photos

  • For each photo published, it is possible to choose its visibility. When publishing, you must click on the logo below to share box and choose to “public” or “Private”.
  • For photos already published, open the image and click “edit” and select the sharing type. The parameters of all the photos in the same album can be changed in one click.
  • If one of your friends identifies you on a photo, it is not possible to delete it. However, you can withdraw identification by clicking on “options” after opening the image. Incidentally, it is possible to report contacts in case of “harassment” oe “scam”…etc.
  • These tips equally apply to the videos.

Monitor your friends

It is possible to choose who shall have access access to your friends list. On the page listing your “friends”, select “edit” then next to “who can see your friends list” set the sharing type.

Monitor comments from your friends

Your friends like to talk about you on Facebook? You can limit the damage. In the “Privacy Settings”, choose “Change settings” and choose who can post on your wall and who can see the publications.

Monitor your friends lists

To facilitates the use sharing settings, it is possible to create “friend lists”.

  • Optionally, you can use predefined lists available on Facebook (close friends, acquaintances, family …etc) or create your own lists (via the “create a list” button).

Monitor friend requests

  • You can become (almost) invisible on Facebook. Go to the “Privacy Settings” > “Applications and Websites”.
  • Click on the Edit button next to “Public Search” and choose your settings.

Monitor geolocation features

Facebook allows mobile users to geotag their messages and photos.

  • These informations are pinned on a world map, accessible from the profile page.
  • If you don’t want to be geotagged when making a post /updating a status, make sure that pin icon next to it does not show your position.

Monitor third-party applications

Some Facebook applications won’t hesitate to publish constantly updates of your status.

  • In the “Privacy Settings”, go to “applications and websites”.
  • A list of all third-party applications that have already been linked to your Facebook account shall be displayed.
  • From there you can edit the settings for your application individually.
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How to Remove the Facebook Timeline

April 19, 2012

Normally I don’t get too aggravated with the Facebook changes (aside from privacy issues) but I have to admit I have hopped on the latest Timeline complaints. I didn’t think it was a big deal until it was implemented and I miss the simplicity of the original design. At the time this article was written there is no way to go back to the old layout and Facebook is showing no interest in giving you a choice. In other words; get used to it. There is an option here, however.

How it works

Before we tell you how to change it, let’s explain how it works. Basically you are seeing the HTML Facebook has designed, so it is not really any different than any other website you view. You see what the developers want you to see. It’s really that simple.

How to remove Facebook Timeline

Luckily all of today’s modern browsers support some sort of plug-ins, add-ons or extensions to customize your browser. The most popular plug-in available currently is Facebook Timeline Remove. As mentioned above all it does it intercept the HTML code from Facebook and substitute it with the old style giving you the pre-Timeline layout. There are a few limitations and bugs here.

It will only show it on your computer and only in the browser that you install it on (assuming you have multiple browsers and computers)
It will only work on personal profiles, not fan pages.

In other words, your only solution has limitations. Personally, I keep track of many TV shows and musicians on Facebook so not being able to load their fan pages is sort of a deal breaker for me. My Internet Explorer went into a refresh loop on the Majorgeeks Fan Page for example and I think that was more annoying than the Facebook Timeline. You will be able to see all of your updates from liked pages in your timeline and it is all good unless you go to the liked page. It seems like something many should be able to live with.

We should note here that there are other extensions available from other developers but these guys seem to be first and doing it best. There is also some controversy that another company has stolen this code so we feel this is the safest bet.

Downloading Facebook Timeline Remove

Currently, only Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer are supported. The good news is that covers about 95% of you and a Safari version is under development. Simply download the add-on for your browser:

 

We also made this available for download so all browser plug-ins are in one zip. This is handy if you have multiple browsers and personal computers. Grab it at http://www.majorgeeks.com/Facebook_Timeline_Remove_d7720.html.