Facebook (FB) has been doing a lot of funny things recently by changing the design, the way people interact and even security that too in a slightly (not!) controversial way. Things have been moving to such a manner that everyone has an account on FB and almost every one shares updates, photos, work information and a lot of other critical data. Not just that, now everything around the internet is connected with FB that you can share info, news, videos from anywhere with just a click. So, as always, security is a major concern, so likewise, I am going to give out a few suggestions that will make your FB hanging out a bit more enjoyable and safer (I hope).
Before starting off with anything, notice what is there on your browser address bar when you are on your FB home page. If you see that the page is entitled as ‘http://www.facebook.com‘, it smells trouble. This link has all its security features stripped off and is easily target-able and even accessible by hackers, spammers and trojan scripts. To change this towards a more secure page, its always better to move for the ‘https://www.facebook.com‘. So, how do you do this?
In the top right corner of your screen, click on ACCOUNT > ACCOUNT SETTINGS > SETTINGS (The default tab) > ACCOUNT SECURITY
Click on Account Security to expand the tab and click on the Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible tick box and SAVE the changes. You might notice that enabling this option can slow down FB browsing, buts its for your safety. Better being safe than being sorry right? 🙂
This change is a must!
You wouldn’t want some random nut to come over to your profile through their friend’s profiles or their friends profiles and ogle at your photos and information, would you? You can restrict the information you show, to your crowd alone.
For this, go to ACCOUNT > PRIVACY SETTINGS > CUSTOM OPTION or CHOOSE ‘JUST FRIENDS’ AND CUSTOMIZE SETTINGS.
Change all the options to FRIENDS ONLY. This will restrict all your activities just to your friends. Furthermore, you can change the options for the photos and videos you get tagged into. Make sure you don’t leak out anything, unless you are the celebrity sort of person of course.
I have had a lot of friends who complained that they couldn’t see updates from their 500+ list of friends and that they just kept seeing the ones from whom they usually interacted with, in the sense, it seemed those were the only people who were online. This issue came up during the last FB update somewhere around late 2010.
To change this, on your home wall where you get all your friends updates and stuff, click on the small downwards pointing arrow besides MOST RECENT and click on EDIT OPTIONS. The next frame you have will be for configuring who you would be getting updates from. Change this to Show Posts from: ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND PAGES. This will do.
Facebook is turning into a singular platform for all our social networking needs and since its all online, all of you need to be cautious with the information your spread around. You will never know when your photos and details would end up on the other side and that would be seriously unreasonable as we start off by trusting the service (can’t blame them, they need us to post stuff) but there are ways to restrict the flow of info by taking steps. As far as this update of Facebook is concerned, this is the possible method that you can ‘restrict your Facebook data’ for now.
I know there are a lot of people skeptical about Facebook itself, but they still can’t avoid it. It’s the game actually. You don’t like it but you still go for it.
Anyways, till the next update. Cheers!