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How to Protect Your Privacy on Facebook

Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Local, explains exactly how to navigate Facebook's privacy settings.

Video Transcript

00:11 Dave Kerpen: Oh, Facebook privacy settings, a lot has been said about how to keep safe and how to avoid disaster with Facebook privacy settings. Let's take a look at exactly how to do this right. So, in the upper right-hand corner, you can click on that privacy icon and you can see three main categories: "Who can see my stuff?", "Who can contact me?", and "How do I stop someone from bothering me?" If you click on "Who can see my stuff?" you can set up various filters for the public, or just friends, or certain lists of particular groups of friends to see your posts. You can also see your previous posts as well as how other people view your timeline.

00:56 Kerpen: If you click on "Who can contact me?" you can make it easy for people to contact you or a lot harder for people to contact you. You can allow everyone to friend request you or you can allow only certain people to friend request you. And, of course, if you click on "How do I stop someone from bothering me?" you can actually block people so that they'll never even see you exist on Facebook. I'll just block my friend, Andrew, because we just had a fight. Just kidding.

01:23 Kerpen: Now, if you click on "See more settings" you can see the entire list of all possible privacy settings and get into all the details, privacy, timeline and tagging, blocking and notifications. But I think the most important thing to look at when you're thinking about privacy settings is each of your individual posts. You can actually set privacy settings on every post.

01:49 Kerpen: So, if you're out partying, you might not want to share that post with your clients. So you might want to set a group of just friends or just close friends to see that. On the other hand, if you're sharing a link about an article that you want for your clients. "Here's an amazing article about the tax code." If you're an accountant, you might not want your friends to see that. So, you might want to set up a list for just business associates to see that so that you don't bore your friends and family with your business.

02:30 Kerpen: As long as you manage Facebook privacy settings carefully, you can do a great job of keeping in contact with both your friends and family as well as your business associates.

Last updated: Mar 27, 2013

DAVE KERPEN | Columnist | CEO, Likeable Media

Dave Kerpen is the CEO of Likeable Local. He is also the cofounder and chairman of Likeable Media and the New York Times bestselling author of Likeable Social Media and Likeable Business. Want to learn about how to grow your business using social media in 2 minutes? Click here.

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