The number one concern voiced to me about Facebook is security. Your personal and professional data is splashed all over this profile or that page. Even though social media is all about sharing, you want to make sure you’re not over sharing – especially potentially sensitive information.

Facebook comes out with new security features constantly. While this may sound like a good thing, most of these settings are not automatically selected to the most secure options. In fact, many of the defaults are very liberal with the information they share and who is allowed to share it. To make matters even more complicated, Facebook doesn’t make it a habit of contacting their users to update them on any changes they make.

How do you protect your sensitive data on Facebook? The easy answer is to not put anything that could be sensitive on there. Your phone numbers and home addresses should never appear on Facebook. That advice becomes harder to follow with things like photos of your children. What is social media for if not connecting you with all of your friends and family? What’s the point if your aunt in Michigan can’t see those adorable baby’s first Christmas photos?

Changing Facebook Security Settings

Now we’ll walk through checking and changing some settings. First, log into your Facebook Account. Then click on the “Account” drop-down menu in the top-right of the page. Select “Account Settings.”

“Account Security” is the third from the bottom option. Click “change” to the right of this heading. There are two important features under this setting:

  • The first is the Secure Browsing. When logging into Facebook, the server used is HTTPS encrypted; but then the site directs you to a non-secured version. By checking this box, your Facebook experience will be much less prone to hacking. It may cause some pages to load more slowly and there are many applications that are not yet supported by HTTPS. If you remember from my previous post, The Truth about Facebook Stalkers & Application , I don’t recommend using most of those applications anyway.
  • The second option under Account Security is to notify you when a device connects to your Facebook account. This is a very useful tool to protect against account hijacking. If someone logs into your account, it will send you an email, date stamp it and logs the ISP or wireless carrier. It’s a great way to keep up with the activity on your account and you have the option of ending unfamiliar activity.

Those settings changes will get you well on your way to a much more secure Facebook experience. As always, if there is anything we can help you with; just let us know by calling (706) 253-6362 or emailing

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