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Facebook privacy settings you need to check now

Let's start with your profile. Go to your profile by clicking your name at the top of the screen. Then click the Edit Profile button in the upper right hand corner.


To the right of every piece of information you can share about yourself, there's a drop-down menu where you choose Public, Friends, Only Me or Custom. Facebook calls it the inline audience selector.

The Public, Friends and Only Me settings should be self-explanatory. The Custom setting allows you to choose specific people or lists of people who can see your information. Alternately, you can choose to hide information from specific people or lists of people.

Try to strike a balance of having fun and getting connected with all your friends and family, while not becoming a target for stalkers and identity thieves.

For example, I recommend setting your address, birthday, phone number and email to Only Me. Your offline friends should have that information already. And you may not want all your "friends" to know that much about you.

As you're tweaking your profile information, you'll notice there's a View As button in the upper right hand corner. This feature allows you to test how your profile looks to friends and to the Public.

Don't forget to review your photos and notes in this mode. Make sure those are being seen - or not seen - by the right groups of people. When you're done editing your profile, click Save Changes.

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