Facebook is a popular online social networking site. Many users across the world trust Facebook with their personal information such as email, phone number, address, and much more. It is important to know how to keep your information as safe as you can from those you don’t know or trust.

This is a step by step guide on how to make your information private. (The best way to keep your information private is abstinence from Facebook.) Please keep in mind that all of this information is still stored on the Facebook servers which they own so they have access to it regardless of your settings. I’m not saying they will or will not look but they have the capability. Considering this, learning more about your laptop privacy filter along with your online privacy agreement is quite important for you. 

You can also check the privacy explanation page that Facebook offers as well as use it to see how others will see your profile with your current privacy settings.

  1. Hover over “Settings” and then click “Privacy Settings”.
  2. The page you are now on is the central hub for all of your privacy settings. Let’s start with the first option, “Profile Information”.
  3. As you can see, I have all of my privacy settings set to “Only Friends”. I would recommend this setting for all of the options or else you can get even more specific with the “Customize” settings.
  4. It is important to note that the “Photo Albums” setting has different options from the others. I found out that all of my albums were set to the public after clicking “Edit Settings” and have since switched all of them to “Only Friends” visible.
  5. Going back to what I previously called the center hub for privacy settings you can look at the “Contact Information” page and set your settings accordingly. Once again, I have all of these set to “Friends Only” and what you choose is up to you.
  6. The next option from the center hub is “Applications and Websites.” This page shows you important information such as what information you share with applications when you use them or give them permission to access your information. Some applications are created by advertisers so you will allow them to access your information and then they can use it for advertising research and ad targeting. Facebook is generating more revenue because of their current privacy settings than they were with their previous privacy system. Now, you have less control over what information is shared about you, making their pages easier to index by search engines, which draws in more traffic and creates more page views. The page views are then counted and Facebook is paid based on this number through the advertisers.

The search option is up next to the center hub for privacy. This one is important. Look below to see the optimal privacy settings.Your last option from the center hub is one that you can use to block certain people from your profile.