7 Tips for Staying Safe on Facebook

04-21-2016 9:47 AM

I consider social media a valuable communication tool. It helps me stay in touch with family and friends—near and far. It keeps me informed on many events and interests.

Yet, as much as I enjoy these positive interactions, I realize there is a serious side to using social media: I must take steps to protect my privacy and safety.

At the recent 2016 Conference on Crimes Against Women sponsored by The Mary Kay Foundation℠, I was glad to hear about new and updated resources for staying safe on Facebook.

Here are some things I learned:

1. Manage your Facebook Settings to select who can see and post to your timeline.

2. Be careful accepting any new friend requests. If you get a request from someone you think already has an account, check with them first.

3. Review all of your Security and Tagging Settings, including those impacting tags of you. Be sure your content and content about you is only available to those you are comfortable with.

4. Enable two-step log in verification for an extra layer of account security.

5. Learn more at the Facebook Safety Center: https://www.facebook.com/safety.

6. “Like” the Facebook Safety page for relevant posts: https://www.facebook.com/fbsafety.

7. Obtain a copy of all your account activity to document harassing behavior by using the Downloading Your Info tool in the Help Center: https://www.facebook.com/help/.

Fortunately for all of us, Facebook and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recently teamed up to publish the new Guide to Staying Safe on Facebook—providing short, concise tips. This is a condensed version of Privacy & Safety on Facebook: A Guide for Survivors of Abuse.

Both resources can be found on NNEDV’s blog page: Privacy & Safety on Facebook.

Also, check out the NNEDV’s video series on Facebook Privacy, Security and Safety.

In this ever-changing digital age, remaining connected to our family and friends is necessary to our well being, as is exercising our right to online privacy and safety.

Diane Montgomery has been a contributing writer for The Mary Kay Foundation℠ for 13 years. She is passionate about helping women and supporting the Foundation's mission of ending domestic abuse and women’s cancers.