How to Manage your Privacy on Facebook

How to Manage your Privacy on Facebook

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Social media has become an everyday part of life for many of us. If you’re one of the increasing number of tech savvy seniors out there, you are probably spending time on Facebook, uploading photos and keeping in touch with friends and family members. Facebook can also be a great way to keep up-to-date with organisations such as Retirement Communities Australia, so you can see details of upcoming events and catch up with photos and reports of recent gatherings.As with any online activities you do though, it is important to be aware of privacy and security when you are using Facebook. There are a few different options for privacy when you use Facebook, and which settings you choose depends largely on how public you want your information to be. You can access your privacy settings from the icon with the padlock on the top right hand side of your profile. Here is a quick guide to help you choose the right Facebook privacy settings, and keep your personal information safe.

Who can see you?

The default setting for your profile is to be visible in searches so that anyone can find you and make a friend request. If you would prefer that people can’t find you and request to connect with you, you can change your visibility to friends only. You can also select what information is shown on your public profile. Many people prefer not to have their age or date of birth showing, or personal information such as their relationship status. If you want to update your public search information, you can go to the ‘choose your privacy settings’ page, and click on ‘public search’. From there you can decide what information to make available to the public.

Who can see your updates and photos?

It is important to be aware of security if you are sharing photos, particularly if they have other people in them. Some parents are not comfortable having pictures of their children posted on Facebook, so always check before posting pictures of other peoples’ children. It is a good idea to set your information so that it is only shared with friends and can’t be seen publicly. This way you can be sure that your photos and personal information are only being shared with those you know and trust.

How to be selective about who you share with?

One of the features of Facebook is to allow users to create different groups of people to share different information with. This can be very useful and help you ensure that personal details are only being shared with very specific people. You can make specific lists for family, friends and people who you share specific interests with. To set up lists, go to ‘Friends’ and click on the ‘Edit Friends’ option then create a list. Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, especially if you, like many retirees, have varied interests and an active lifestyle. Facebook allows you to be in contact wherever you are, so there is no reason to miss out on the action!

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