Know Your Privacy 1.2 – Facebook Settings

All the other settings you never cared to look.

In the previous article of this Know Your Privacy series, I covered the Facebook Ads section. If you haven’t read it yet, I would highly recommend you to have a look.

In this article, I will cover all of the remaining settings that are always present in front of our eyes but we never cared to take a look. While the screenshots here are of a browser in a PC, you can visit the exact page in your app by going to Account Settings section. Let’s begin.

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Access your settings by clicking on the drop-down menu on the top right corner of the Facebook navigation bar. This will pretty much show you all of the primary settings of Facebook.

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The first tab called General show pretty basic things like your name, username, contact email, your temperature unit, etc. But there are two options worth taking a look at. The first one is the Manage Account option which provides the option to let someone else manage your account after your death or completely de-activate it. You may find it funny but it’s really a very important thing. The second option is, of course, the most talked about one. At the very last of the submenu, there is a highlighted option called Download a Copy… This allows downloading all the data that Facebook has on you, well, almost all. Based on your data size it may take a while for Facebook to prepare your data and you will receive a notification once it’s done.

The next tab is Security & Login, and while you may think you are done by just setting a complex password, then you are very wrong. Facebook offers a lot more options to secure your account. Let’s go through them one by one.

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Here you can review your logins and remove any unrecognized devices that you don’t remember connecting to.

The first option is to change the password. While everyone recommends that you keep a mix of upper & lower case numbers, digits, and symbols, it can be pretty tough to remember one. In those cases, you should use a password manager like LastPass. Next, we see a very common option being used these days Profile Picture Login. I recommend you enable this feature only in a trusted browser or computer as this feature can be easily exploited. In case you have accidentally turned it on, now you know where to turn it off.

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The security options tab also allows for 2-Factor Authentication. I highly recommend you turn this on since it adds an extra layer of security by sending you a verification code to your mobile to input every time you log in. If you don’t want to receive SMS then you can also use 2FA apps like Authy. Additional options like using a U2F encryption key is also available and if you understand it properly then you can go ahead and turn it on. The other options are alerts for logins which you can also set to receive on your mobile. The last option in security tab is a relatively new one and not many people know about it. In case you forgot your password or are somehow locked out of your account then you can take the help of 3-5 of your trusted friends to get back your account. It’s a useful feature but one that can also be misused so tread carefully.

I wouldn’t go into the last section – Advanced as that would need a whole other article. But you can Google around if you want! 😉

Next, we have Privacy options. Although by no means perfect, but still you can use it to varying degrees of effectiveness.

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The first section, termed as Your Activity is about enabling privacy for the posts you do in your profile. If you want you can review your posts or limit all of your past posts to just friends.

The next section has some good privacy features but I wish Facebook had given more. The Who can send you friend requests has only Friends of Friends in the lowest option. I wished there was an option none so people could have only followed me instead of sending requests. Similarly, all the other options I recommend you set it exactly like as it is shown in the photo barring the last one to ensure the max privacy provided by Facebook. The last option i.e. to allow search engines to link your profile is an option that depends on you. If you want a public profile then you set it yes otherwise no.

Next, we have Timeline and Tagging options and this is all about what happens around your timeline.

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There are options for who can post on your timeline, who can see posts on your timeline and similar options for the tagging feature of Facebook. The review section is where you might wanna give extra attention to as it allows to enable reviewing your posts before they appear on your timeline or approving a tag on your photos or other photos of you.

The location tab hasn’t got much except that it will provide you with all of the location data Facebook has on you. The amount of data Facebook has on you is staggering and scary. They wherever you have gone right up to inside the building. You can turn it off from your app since geolocation is only possible with smartphones. Another smart move would be to turn off the location permission from the app settings on your Android smartphone. Believe me, unless you are giving location tags to photos Facebook will never ask you for the location.

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I wouldn’t dive into the Blocking options since you pretty much what it does. You can block anything and anyone you want including apps and ads. The Language option is almost not necessary to dive in but basically, you can change the default display language for your Facebook.

The Face recognition option basically enables Facebook to identify you in other photos and videos if somebody hasn’t tagged you in. It goes on to show how much Facebook can recognize you from all the photos you have uploaded so far. Flip the option as you like it.

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All the other options are pretty much basic so I wouldn’t dive into them unnecessarily. This completes my dive into Facebook’s options and settings.

In the next KYP article, I will start with another service.

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