The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page (Sept. 2011)

The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page (Sept. 2011)

Summary: (Sept. 2011) This gallery guide will walk you through the settings and features of your profile page.

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  • This guide will guide you through your profile content settings, which have changed significantly since the last Lockdown guide. The account settings has control over who posts on your Wall, who can see your private contact information and other very personal information. This guide will help you limit certain features whilst protecting your privacy from beyond your friends list.

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  • To begin, go to the top-right of the page and select Profile from the blue bar, then click Edit profile just underneath the blue bar.

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    This is where your new privacy settings are used. If you have already created a list, you can set this to Custom to include a limited profile list of friends, if you wish.

    1. Recommended setting for Birthday is to set it to Show only day and month in my profile which takes out the year of birth; hiding your age, but also limiting information that could be used to gain access to other personal information. 

    Recommended setting for Interested in should be Friends or Only me

    2. Recommended setting for Current location is Friends. There is no reason why the general public should 

    3. Recommended setting for Languages can be set to Friends. 

    Recommended setting for About me is Friends, as this field can be populated with any amount of text you wish, to describe yourself or say anything else for that matter.

  • Where you should be: Profile > Edit Profile > Profile picture tab.

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    1. Be careful with your profile picture. Content here has been known to enter advertisements displayed on Facebook. Graphic photos could result in your profile picture being removed, or even your account suspended.

    Remember: If you decide to turn on Public search in your Account settings, then this picture will be seen by everybody with a Facebook account. It is also the thumbnail attached to your posts and status updates on the site, which your friends can see. 

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  • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

    This is a much needed article.

    It shows exactly where to change setting. However, it does not tell how to get there. Please add UI navigation information. Thanks.
    pwatson
    • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

      @pwatson
      this is where common sense prevails. if people can't work out to click on 'account' and read the menu that appears, i feel they shouldn't be using a computer
      techguru@...
      • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

        @techguru@...
        Hey, we're not all geniuses like you think you are. Now back away from that computer before you hurt yourself.
        dickseng@...
      • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

        @techguru@... So my 72 year old mother shouldn't be allowed to use her computer because YOU don't think she's smart enough? You're no Guru.
        JaxomSteve
  • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

    I agree. The information is much needed. But even more needed (and not shown) is how to access the settings described. Without describing how to access the settings, the article is rather useless. :(
    fgagnon@...
  • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

    It would be helpful if this information were made available in a PDF File. While the information is exceellent; there are too many pages to scroll through to capture all the settings in it's entirety.
    Tom Neri
    • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

      @Tom Neri <br>I agree: all that in a pdf-file for download would be best, esp. for people with slow connections or older operating systems. Thanks for the work!
      aeshnafly@...
  • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

    These UK pages are just different enough from their American counterparts to be annoying.
    huygens1962
  • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

    Content - good, apparently.
    Site - slow (or images - big?).
    Usability - poor.
    I got bored after the 4th page due to slow downloads and lack of 'flow'.
    S60_alan
  • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

    Would be nice to download this in a pdf file... I'm not a fan of clicking thru this quagmire to find what I want.
    Rob S.
    • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

      @Rob S. I'm looking into this. Preliminary draft already done - just needs editorial on it.
      zwhittaker
      • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

        @zwhittaker - Any idea when and where it will be available?
        ajayts
      • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

        @zwhittaker
        I also would like to get a copy of the PDF, when it is ready. I also volunteer to act as a "reviewer," if that would be helpful.
        hnoyes
      • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

        @zwhittaker When the PDF is ready to go, are you going to let those that want that file made aware that its available?
        antinormal@...
      • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

        @zwhittaker
        Thanks - will you publish it here? I would like to send it out to all users in my school district - they will read it in a pdf, but not click through all the screens.
        Paradise Lost
    • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

      but you would miss all the wondrous advertising !!
      theonlymarlboroman
  • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

    Very helpful information. Would be more helpful if I was shown
    how to access the settings,Would be nice to download this in a pdf file where I could print it out and be able to perform the steps without having to jump between this article and facebook to make the changes.
    ct77cartb@...
  • Does the author even look at the comments on this page!?!

    More than a few people have requested "navigation" or how the hell to do I get to this feature! And..... NO RESPONSE from the author. HEY WAKE THE HELL UP AND DO SOMETHING THAT IS ACTUALLY USEFUL!!!!
    dmech
    • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

      @dmech
      it's not that difficult, stop yelling , calm down and look at your facebook page. read the buttons. use your brain and think which button do i click to change things about my 'ACCOUNT'

      then simply follow the menu. if too hard close computer and use phone to talk to friends
      techguru@...
      • RE: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide - Securing your profile page

        @techguru@... But account does not go to the page being displayed. I tried all the buttons. Is this unique to the UK version of facebook?
        ford.re.1@...