The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing the miscellaneous bits (Sept. 2011)

The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing the miscellaneous bits (Sept. 2011)

Summary: (Sept. 2011) This gallery guide will explain miscellaneous tweaks to protect your privacy.

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  • Facebook Groups are a great way to bring your friends or colleagues together, or set up a mini-society or something to that effect. But, be aware of the privacy settings.

    1. Firstly, name your group carefully. Depending on the privacy settings below, this will be searchable throughout Facebook.

    2. Recommended setting is Secret, to allow only members to see the content of the group, and members who are part of the group. Alternatively, Closed allows anyone to view the content of the group, but restricts them from sharing anything until they are accepted by an administrator of that group.

  • Facebook Chat allows you to speak in real-time, in instant message format, to your friends. But, not everyone wants to be available to their friends if they already have other instant messengers running, for example.

    1. To turn off chat completely, select the chat box in the bottom-right hand corner, then click the blue cog. Then, select the Available to chat button to disable chat immediately.

    2. To limit who you are available on chat for, select the Limit availability button.

     

  • If you have lists of friends you want to chat with, but a list of friends you do not want to chat with, you can turn one list on for chat and the other off -- and it's really quite simple.

    But, one criticism is that the wording is a bit tricky, unlike before which made it rather clear which option you were taking.

    1. To determine whether you want to appear "mostly online" to, select the Make me unavailable to option. To appear "mostly offline", then select the Only make me available to option.

    2. From here, you will be able to check boxes which relate directly to your lists of friends -- your colleagues, or your limited profile -- or even a dedicated 'chat blocked' list, for example -- to determine whether you appear online or offline to them.

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  • Multiple Groups

    My only question here is if you add someone to multiple lists, which one takes precedence? If I put Aunt Mildred in both the Family Group and the limited group, then allow the Family group to see my contact information, but block the limited group, will she still be able to see it?
    swattz101
    • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing the miscellaneous bits

      @swattz101 The more 'negative' will take precedent. If someone is restricted from something, but equally allowed to see something, they will be still restricted. You can always use the 'Preview my profile' option which is in the privacy settings to simulate their perspective.
      zwhittaker
  • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing the miscellaneous bits

    Thank you. I copied these so I can sit down at my screen and double-check my privacy settings. Excellent advice with clear screen shots to know exactly what to do. Appreciate this post - a mini book!
    Sheilab@...
  • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing the miscellaneous bits

    Great guide, many thanks :-)
    edmais@...
  • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing the miscellaneous bits

    Thanks man,really useful and practical,I spent almost 4 hours
    and secured my profile like fort knock :D
    topone67@...
  • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing the miscellaneous bits

    It seems there are some bugs. Unlike a couple of days ago, I no longer see the "view as" option when editing my profile. Very un-nerving.
    Night_Watch53