23 September 2014

Earlier this month, Facebook enabled a new ‘Privacy Checkup’ tool, giving you clearer information about the privacy settings it offers for your posts, apps and personal information.

Privacy Checkup is intended to help simplify some of the most important privacy settings affecting information you publish and retain on Facebook. You should take the opportunity to examine the settings for your account.

The tool is available when you view your Facebook page using a web browser. You can find it by clicking the Privacy Shortcuts drop menu Privacy Shortcuts drop menu icon next to the notification icon at the top of your page.

Once you have opened Privacy Checkup, the first step focuses on your posts. You can set who you would like to see your future posts, such as your friends, or you can customise your selection.

Privacy Checkup intro

Image: Facebook

The second step lists the apps you are using and their permissions. You can remove apps from this list, change permissions and restrict who can see the apps you use.

The final step shows you the main information held in your profile and who can view this information.

Screen grab of the second step of the Facebook Privacy Check-up , including fields for you to control who views your profile

Image: Facebook

You should restrict access to your information wherever possible. For all of these options, we recommend you choose ‘Friends’ or a more restrictive option (such as ‘Only Me’) if convenient.

In addition to the Privacy Checkup, there are further settings accessible via the ‘See More Settings’ link at the bottom of the Privacy Shortcuts menu (or via Settings in the main drop menu Drop menu icon).

More information

Facebook has more information on their privacy tools, including information for mobile devices.

Stay Smart Online has information on safely using social networking and protecting your children online.

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