Make Facebook secure after recent changes | News
If you have been on Facebook this week, you have probably noticed some changes. From blue-tabbed newsfeeds, to smart lists, to an updated recent activity sidebar, Facebook developers shocked many of its users with its improvements. Over the years, Facebook has become a second home for many - a safe place where they can share their photos, thoughts and comments with their friends and family.
Individuals could protect their second home by limiting how they shared their status updates, comments, likes, and shares. But that has changed.
One of the changes that many people have noticed is that everything they do on Facebook appears in the recent activity feed of their friends. That means comments on friends’ posts and likes are all public.
For those who don’t want their every comment and like shared with the world of Facebook, this is very disconcerting. And many have inquired how to control their privacy given the new changes.
Answer: Think Smart Lists
Last week Facebook initiated Smart Lists, an algorithmic listing system that helps you assign people to various lists.
How many of your Facebook friends are actually close friends and how many are acquaintances?
Who is family and who is a coworker? Now you can put everyone in their place and share accordingly. This is a great way to categorize your friends and ultimately control your security and your newsfeed at the same time.
First Step: Create and Manage Your Lists
1. Create Lists
Smart Lists can be found in the left sidebar of your home page. Editing 4-6 lists is easier than individually editing hundreds of friends. So take a few minutes to put everyone in their place. And don’t worry about what you name each list - you are the only person who can see them.
Create lists by dividing your contacts into groups. Some recommended groups that Facebook may have already created for you are:
- Close Friends
Add individuals to each group and make sure that everyone has a place.
2. Manage Lists
After you have added contacts to a list, select ‘Manage List’ and ‘Choose Update Types’ to control how much information you receive from people on that list. At minimum, it is recommended to unselect ‘Comments and Likes’ and ‘Games.’
This control is great news because now you can control what others share with you.
Second Step: Customize What You Share
If you want to set your default settings so that your comments and likes are not shared with everyone, follow these instructions.
- Select the arrow to the right of the ‘Home’ button (top-right of your screen).
- Choose Privacy Settings.
- ‘Control Your Default Privacy’ – Select ‘Custom’
- Make this visible:
- Change to ‘Only Me.’
Third Step: Customize Your Status Updates
In the past, your status updates were broadcast based on your generic privacy settings. Now with the new changes you control who sees each individual update, which is fantastic.
For those who followed the second step to ‘Customize What You Share’ remember your default. If you set your default to be visible to ‘Only Me’, you will have to change each of your status updates to share with the public, your friends, or one or more of your Smart Lists. This is an added step, but once you do it a few times it really isn’t a hassle.
Imagine that you want to post something about your family and you don’t want to share it with your coworkers, just select ‘Custom’ below the text box and control who you share with. And remember that some people don’t care what you had for breakfast or that you had a good run. If you put all of those people on a list, you can easily limit what you share with them.
- Select ‘Custom’ just below the text box.
- Choose how you want to share.
- Post your update.
If you decide later that you want to change the audience for an update, just select the edit button to the top right of the post and make your changes.
Facebook can be as public or private as you want it to be, but the default is more public. So take some time to secure your page, your comments and likes, and anything else you do on Facebook. Trust me, your ‘friends’ will thank you.