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How to protect yourself on Facebook

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How to protect yourself on Facebook: Facebook it is a wonderful tool to keep in touch with your friends, to find out and share your thoughts with other people, but it should be used with caution. Publishing personal information, photos and details of your movements too lightly can be dangerous for your privacy, just as you shouldn’t fall into the temptation to choose a password that is too easy to remember (and therefore to guess) for your account.

In short, Facebook is not “evil” as someone wants to paint it but it deserves the right attention from those who use it. That’s why I thought I’d write this guide and collect some “tips” on it how to protect yourself on Facebook. I hope they can serve you and that, by following them, you can make your online experience on the most famous social network in the world safer and more fruitful.

Let’s start this guide dedicated to how to protect yourself on Facebook against violations of privacy and account theft by seeing how to make personal information more private that is normally visible not only to friends but also to the friends of our friends and strangers. I am referring to the biography that you can enter as a profile description, details about your work, sentimental situation, etc.

To change the level of visibility of all this data, connected to your Facebook profile and click on the button Update information found on the cover image. On the page that opens, identify the data you want to make more private (eg. Work and education, On you, Basic information, etc.), click on the button Edit relative to the box containing the information to be protected and select from the side drop-down menus – those with the icons of the world or men – the level of privacy you want to assign to each block of news. Finally, click on Save to save the changes.

For protect yourself on Facebook and defend yourself from account theft, if you fear that someone may discover your password it is good to change your profile access credentials. How? It’s much easier than you think, but try to choose a secure password that you don’t already use on other online services (read how to change your password to learn more).

All you have to do is connect to the page with the profile settings, click on the link Edit placed next to the item Password and type in the form that appears your current password followed (twice) by the new password you want to use to access the account. On the same page, you can also change your primary email address by clicking on the link Edit placed next to the wording E-mail, then type in the new e-mail address you want to associate with your Facebook profile, click on the button Save Changes and click on the confirmation link that is sent to you. Once the operation is complete, you can set the new email address as the main reference for Facebook communications instead of the old mailbox.

You can also set up email alerts when your Facebook profile is accessed from an unknown computer or device. Just go to the account settings page, select the item Protection from the left sidebar and activate the functions of Login notifications. Find more details in my guide on how to protect privacy on Facebook.

I also advise you to be very careful when using Facebook on your smartphone. Do not post too private photos that could jeopardize your privacy and that of other people (e.g. the photo of you and a friend taken in front of the school you attend every day) and, when not strictly necessary, disable geolocation in the posts you write in your diary: just press the geographic location icon and press the x located next to the name of the place where you are.

Have you thought too late about protecting your privacy on Facebook and is there someone who, using a fake profile, pretends to be you or a loved one on the social network? You can report it to the site managers by connecting to their profile page, by clicking on thegear located at the top right (in the cover image) and selecting the item Report / Block … from the menu that appears. For more details on this process, read here how to report abuse on Facebook.