The new changes to Facebook will be active on Jan. 30 of this year, and Facebook officials have stated that this round of updates is focused on making the site’s privacy settings clearer and more easily accessible for all of its users.
Here is everything you need to know about the new Facebook privacy update:
- Privacy Basics: As part of its ongoing effort to improve its user interface, Facebook has created an interactive how-to guide for individuals who are seeking to personalize their privacy and security settings. This program will address the most common questions users have about how to manage their accounts, including topics like unfriending, managing and blocking other users, tagging and untagging photos and also choosing an audience for your posts and status updates. Privacy Basics will be available in 36 languages to cater to users all over the globe.
- Privacy Checkup: Are you unsure of what you’re sharing on Facebook, and with whom you’re sharing it? You’re not alone. Privacy options are not always straightforward and can even give users an unwarranted sense of security. For this reason, Facebook has rolled out a new feature called Privacy Checkup, which helps individuals to see exactly what they’re putting onto the Internet. This way, you can change things about your account’s settings, like who you’re sharing posts with and what applications automatically sync to the social media site. The Privacy Checkup tool will also alert you to what personal information is listed as public on your profile.
- Public Posting Reminder: This feature will alert users whenever they are about to post something that can be viewed by anyone. It’s usually preferable to post exclusively to friends.
It’s a good idea to explore the changes Facebook has made and use its new tools to find out how your privacy settings work. Take some time to think about what you’re comfortable sharing, and don’t forget to keep identity fraud protection at the forefront of your mind when making adjustments to your account.
Here are some ways you can stay secure while using social media:
- Go on a defriending spree: Take some time in 2015 to defriend anyone you’re no longer close with, or any friends you don’t know in “real” life. If you accept friend requests from people you don’t know, then sharing things with your friends becomes the same thing as sharing things with the public. Keep your list of friends intimate so you know exactly who you’re talking to at all times.
- Don’t post to the public: There’s really no reason to post personal information to the public, so double-check that you’re sharing pictures, status updates and other posts exclusively with your friends. Even something as innocent as posting vacation pictures might give a thief reason to believe that your home is empty, vulnerable and primed for a break-in.
- Don’t reveal personal data: Make sure that you’re not revealing more personal details online than you mean to. For instance, sharing your birthday with the public may not seem like a big deal, but that’s actually a key piece of identifying information that cyber-criminals can use to hack into your accounts and commit identity theft.
- Update your passwords: It’s easy for information like your pet’s name or your spouse’s birthday to reach a wide audience on social media. This is yet another reason to update your passwords and make sure you’re not using personal information of this nature as the basis for your login credentials.
Overall, it looks like the Facebook update will help users gain invaluable knowledge about who they’re sharing what with. Take advantage of these upgraded features to protect yourself from identity theft.