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Face­book Settings

Face­book offers a mul­ti­tude of con­fig­u­ra­tion options. It‘s not always easy to keep track of all the var­ious set­tings offered and to select the best set­tings for your pur­poses. Our check­list is meant to assist you to pro­tect your account and all your pub­lished infor­ma­tion in the best pos­sible way.

We have tried to draw up as uni­ver­sally applic­able a set of instruc­tions for pri­vate users as pos­sible. Nev­er­the­less, the indi­vidual con­fig­u­ra­tion options and set­tings may differ in spe­cific cases. This check­list refers to the Face­book set­tings avail­able as at 21th Juli 2020 as dis­played in a desktop com­puter browser.

As a rule, the set­tings described here are auto­mat­i­cally adopted in the Face­book app. Depending on your smart­phone and oper­ating system though, there may be some addi­tional set­tings in the app which are not dis­cussed here.

To dis­play the Face­book account set­tings, click the arrow icon in the page header, and select the «Set­tings» entry from the menu.

Gen­eral – Gen­eral Account Settings

Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
NameYour first and surname
User­nameIs auto­mat­i­cally cre­ated by Facebook
Con­tactUse a free address without any indi­ca­tion of your iden­tity (e.g. ferrari397@gmail.com). Option­ally, you can also reg­ister a mobile number, which will then be required for log-in con­fir­ma­tions as necessary.
Ad account contactUse a free address without any indi­ca­tion of your iden­tity (e.g. ferrari397@gmail.com).
Tem­per­a­tureYour required scale
Memo­ri­al­iza­tion SettingsDepending on your requirements
Iden­tity ConfirmationNot nec­es­sary in Switzerland

Secu­rity and login – Secu­rity and login

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Rec­om­mendedChoose friends to con­tact if you are locked outDon‘t acti­vate
Where you‘re logged inList is auto­mat­i­cally cre­ated by Facebook
LoginChange pass­wordManage your pass­words out­side of Face­book, for instance using a pass­word manager.
Save your login informationDon‘t acti­vate
Two-factor authen­ti­ca­tionUse two-factor authen­ti­ca­tionActi­vate
Autho­rised loginsList is auto­mat­i­cally cre­ated by Facebook
App pass­wordsDepending on your requirements
Set­ting up extra securityGet alerts about unrecog­nised loginsActi­vate
Choose 3 to 5 friends to con­tact if you are locked outDon‘t acti­vate
AdvancedEncrypted noti­fi­ca­tion emailsDepending on your requirements
Recover external accountsDepending on your requirements
See recent emails from FacebookList is auto­mat­i­cally cre­ated by Facebook

Your Face­book infor­ma­tion – Your Face­book information

You can view or down­load your infor­ma­tion and delete your account.

Pri­vacy – Pri­vacy Set­tings and Tools

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Your activityWho can see your future posts?Friends
Review all your posts and things you‘re tagged inActi­vate
Limit the audi­ence for posts you‘ve shared with friends of friends or Public?Limit Old Posts
How people can find and con­tact youWho can send you friend requests?Everyone
Who can see your friends list?Only me
Who can look you up using the email address you provided?Friends
Who can look you up using the phone number you provided?Friends
Do you want search engines out­side of Face­book to link to your profile?Don‘t acti­vate

Time­line and tag­ging – Time­line and Tag­ging Settings

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Time­lineWho can post on your timeline?Only me
Who can see what others post on your timeline?Only me
Allow others to share your posts to their story?Don‘t acti­vate
Hide com­ments con­taining cer­tain words from your timelineDepending on your
Tag­gingWho can see posts that you‘re tagged in on your timeline?Only me
When you‘re tagged in a post, who do you want to add to the audi­ence of the post if they can‘t already see it?Only me
ReviewReview posts that you‘re tagged in before the posts appear on your timeline?On
Review tags that people add to your posts before the tags appear on Facebook?On

Sto­ries – Sto­ries settings

Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Sharing optionsDon‘t acti­vate

Loca­tion – Loca­tion settings

Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Loca­tion historyDon‘t acti­vate

Blocking – Manage blocking

You have var­ious options to block people, invi­ta­tions, events, etc. without any effects on your security.

Lan­guage – Lan­guage Settings

Depending on your requirements

Face recog­ni­tion – Face recog­ni­tion settings

Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Face recog­ni­tionDon‘t acti­vate

Noti­fi­ca­tions – Noti­fi­ca­tions Settings

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
What noti­fi­ca­tions you receiveDepending on your requirements
How you receive notificationsBrowserDon‘t acti­vate
EmailDepending on your requirements
SMSDon‘t acti­vate

Mobile – Mobile Settings

Depending on your requirements

Public posts – Public Post Fil­ters and Tools

Depending on your requirements

Apps and web­sites – Apps and websites

Depending on your requirements

Instant Games – Instant Games

Depending on your requirements

Busi­ness inte­gra­tions – Busi­ness integrations

Depending on your requirements

Ads – Your ad preferences

Depending on your requirements

Face­book Pay – Account Settings

Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Pay­ment methodsRequired for cer­tain games and activ­i­ties. Encryp­tion and secu­rity are of good quality in accor­dance with common standards.

Sup­port Inbox

No set­tings possible

Videos – Video Settings

Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Video Default QualityDepending on your requirements
Auto-play VideosDepending on your requirements
Always show captionsDepending on your requirements
Cap­tions displayDepending on your requirements

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