September 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

September 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

Summary: Facebook's privacy and security settings have changed massively. It's time to catch up and ensure your settings are up to date.

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Every single Facebook user should now have the brand new privacy settings, which have changed radically since the last update.

With brand new features and revamped settings to play with -- this three-day holiday weekend is a perfect opportunity for you to take a look at your Facebook account, profile and privacy settings, and lock them down.

However, because of Facebook's expected profile, account and privacy shift earlier this month, an awful lot has changed -- as you will no doubt have noticed.

The previous Lockdown Guides have been some of the most popular content on ZDNet to date.

Each gallery guide will walk you through a crucial focus area of Facebook's settings, and will run through every single setting, option and feature available to users, to ensure that your privacy is as protected as it can be.

Gallery guide 1: Secure your friends lists

New guide: This guide is a crucial focus to the remaining guides, showing you how to create lists of friends, such as colleagues and family, as well as a 'limited profile', allowing you to limit updates and uploaded content from those you do not want to share with.

Gallery guide 2: Secure your profile page

Updated: Believe it or not, your profile settings page is now where your privacy settings are. This guide will walk you through the updated user-interface, as well as the recommended settings for each section of your profile.

Gallery guide 3: Secure your account settings

Updated: Your account settings are at the heart of your Facebook, and have changed significantly. This guide reflects those major changes, and shows you how to be secure using the world's largest social network. It also helps you manage your data, including a full section on how to manage the applications and games that are connected to your account.

Gallery guide 4: Secure your privacy settings

Updated: Everything has changed! Included in this guide are the new privacy features that Facebook rolled out earlier this month, including changes to how you are tagged, and who can share your data. You can also manage your block lists from here, and make sweeping permissions changes to your old posts.

Gallery guide 5: Secure the miscellaneous bits

Updated: This guide will show you how to download all of your data, as well as showing you how to manage your BlackBerry and iPhone settings. Also, seeing as your status update window has changed, it will show you how to set locations and tag friends in a safe way, and how to create private events that are limited to your network.

If you want more clarification on a particular feature, check out the related content links below, which cover the new Facebook settings in detail. Or, if something looks out of place (incorrect or broken), then leave a comment below.

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  • RE: September 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

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    is it possible to keep my friend list private so only I can see it?
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    • RE: September 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

      @gdsgss Yes, all your friends lists are private.
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  • RE: September 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

    So many extra clicks, so much extra stuff to make it work - I do very much prefer Google+'s circles. They're simpler.
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    • RE: September 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

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  • RE: September 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

    Thanks Zack- this looks really comprehensive. Some of these new "privacy settings" are precisely the opposite of "private". I wondered if you could give advice about 2 things:

    1. The new "audience selector" privacy setting is actually VISIBLE to the audience!! This is a major issue, especially with "custom" sharing, which allows the audience to see who the owner has excluded! BIG PROBLEM! Can that be disabled (ie. the ability of the viewer to see the privacy setting?)

    2. You have a section on limiting past posts (effectively the entire wall)- but it's permanent, and limited to friends (not "only me"). Is there no way to reversibly hide/ unhide the wall (to specific people, and as narrowly as "only me") as before?

    Thanks, Belinda
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  • RE: September 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

    Great Work! Thanks!
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  • RE: September 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

    hI. The new settings are unnecessarily complicated! I just realized that friends who couldn't view my wall before now see my posts and recent activity (unless I select each friend I want to hide a post from). Please how do I hide my wall from quite a number of people??
    kaydeejay
    • RE: September 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

      @kaydeejay You can find all the settings necessary in the 'privacy' guide -- there's a link in the article.
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    • RE: September 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

      @kaydeejay First time, it can be harder. You'll get used to it by time. Please check facebook help center here: https://www.facebook.com/help/?tab=search

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    • RE: September 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

      @kaydeejay
      Hi,

      You can unsubscribe from the people you are fb friends with, or modify what you get from them. It will greatly reduce the volume of posts.
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