I use Facebook both professionally and personally, and in doing this, I have a responsibility to keep my data as secure as possible.  Facebook does not always facilitate this as its Privacy Settings are scattered throughout Facebook.  You may have to visit multiple areas to change those settings, and it can become a confusing process.

Keep your friends list private.

In some cases, any user may be able to see your Facebook friends list.  More Facebook users are choosing to hide their Facebook Friends lists which reduce the amount that third parties can learn about them.  The trend is driven by the increased awareness of Social Media users over privacy issues and how third parties might collect or use their data.

To hide your friend list on Facebook, you will need to take the following steps.

1. Go to your personal profile page and then click on the ‘Friends’ tab.

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2. Select “Edit Privacy”, and you will see the screen below.

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A screenshot on how to make your Facebook friends private

Social Media and how we manage our personal data, is changing at a lightning pace.  Remain aware of your privacy settings and protect your data.


Additional Reading

Facebook For Dummies

by Carolyn Abram

Facebook for Dummies

 

When you join Facebook, you’re joining a community with over two billion people spread around the globe. It helps to have the insight on not only how to set up your profile and add content, but also how to make sure you control who sees—and doesn’t see—your posts. Facebook For Dummies provides the trusted guidance you need to set up a profile, add content, and apply the many tools Facebook provides to give you control of your content.

Primarily known as a way for individuals to share information, photos and videos, and calendar invitations, Facebook has gained prominence as a means to spread news, market products, and serve as a business platform. Whatever you’re looking to use it for, this book shows you how to use all the features available to make it a more satisfying experience.

  • Build your profile and start adding friends
  • Use Facebook to send private messages and instant notes
  • Discover ways to set privacy and avoid online nuisances
  • Launch a promotion page

Get ready to have a whole lot of fun on the largest social network in the world.

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