Teens and college students are finally becoming more diligent about adjusting and tightening the privacy settings on their Facebook pages.
Julie Dobrow, Director of Communications and Media Studies, at Tufts University, wrote recently on Huffington Post:
One student told me that he thought college students tended to ramp up their privacy settings and change them more frequently because “we’re getting closer to being in the real world and we’ve all heard these horror stories of prospective employers mining applicants’ Facebooks. No one wants to go into an interview and have someone tell you they saw a photo of you puking on the lawn so forget about a job with this company!”
Facebook’s new Graph Search feature has now rolled out to all U.S. users. The search tool lets people search Facebook’s huge amount of data to get consolidated results — including information on your likes and dislikes. All those old thumbs-ups that you gave to pictures of yourself half-naked, years ago? They’re all potentially searchable by others now.
So this would be a good time to look at your Facebook privacy settings to make sure things you share don’t inadvertently show up in search.
The first thing you should tweak is who can see the information about you that's in your profile. Start by heading to your timeline and click into your 'About' section.
Next, you'll see an edit button next to each different section. Click that edit button and then choose the type of audience you want to view this information.
Once you're done adjusting your about section, scroll down the page and you can view the different types of things that you like. If you click the pencil next to any section and select 'Edit Privacy' you can change the audience.
The next privacy setting you'll want to tweak is your Activity Log. This controls what shows up on your Timeline. From the privacy and settings page select activity log. Make sure 'Use Activity Log' is selected.
This part may be tedious but go through any post, like, tag, comment, photo, etc. that you want to limit visibility.
Also inside of the Activity Log is a way to remove yourself from tagged posts and photos. Under a post someone has tagged you in, click on the two-headed icon. Next, click Report/Remove Tag.
This is what shows up when you want to remove a post about you from Facebook. Select the appropriate option.
The last step is to limit visibility of your past posts. This one's easy. Head to the Privacy Settings and Tools page again. Under the 'Who can see my stuff option,' a drop-down of 'Who can see my future posts' will show up. Click the next drop-down and change it to 'Friends.'
Deeper inside the Settings menu is an option to limit your past posts. Click the button and it will change the audience for all your old posts.
Above all it's always important to audit your Facebook page and see what other users see when they look at your page.
To do this:
1. Head to the lock icon in the top left corner of your page.
2. Click View As and type in the person who you would like to view your page as.