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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 July 2023 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 & Privacy» and then «Settings» entry from the menu.


Accounts Center – Profiles

Here you can find all your accounts regarding Instagram, Facebook and Horizon.

Accounts Center – Connected experiences

CategoryOur Recommendation
Sharing across profilesDepending on your requirements
Loggings in with accountsSpecify, which accounts can log in to other accounts

Accounts Center – Accounts

Add or remove accounts from this Accounts Center.

Accounts Center – Personal details

CategoryOur Recommendation
Contact InfoUse 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.
BirthdayShows the registered date of birth
Identity confirmationNot required in Switzerland
Account ownership and controlDepending on your requirements

Accounts Center – Password and security

CategorySub-categoryOur Recommendation
Login & recovery Change passwordManage your passwords outside of Facebook, for instance using a password manager.
Two-factor authenticationActivate
Saved loginDetails oft he saved logins
Security checksWhere you’re logged inList is automatically created by Facebook
Login alertsActivate for all accounts
Recent emailsEmails received
Security CheckupCheck your accounts for security here

Accounts Center – Your information and permissions

CategoryOur Recommendation
Search historyDepending on your requirements
CookiesDepending on your requirements

Accounts Center – Ad preferences

Depending on your requirements

Accounts Center – Payments

CategoryOur Recommendation
Ads paymentsDepending on your requirements
Meta PayRequired for certain games and activities. Encryption and security are of good quality in accordance with common standards.

Your Facebook information

Here you can view or download your information and delete your account.

Privacy – Privacy Settings and  Tools

CategorySub-categoryOur recommendation
Privacy shortcutsCheck a few important settings
Depending on your requirements
Manage your profileDepending on your requirements
Learn more with Privacy Center Details of all the accounts in Meta
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 Past Posts
Who can see the people, Pages and lists you follow?Friends
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
How you get message requestsPotential connectionsDepending on your requirements
Other peopleDepending on your requirements

Privacy – Profile and tagging

CategorySub-categoryOur recommendation
ProfileWho can post on your profile?Only me
Who can see what others post on your profile?Only me
Hide comments containing certain words from your profileDepending on your requirements
TaggingWho can see posts that you're tagged in on your profile?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
ReviewingReview posts that you're tagged in before the post appears on your profile?On
Review tags that people add to your posts before the tags appear on Facebook?On

Privacy - Public posts

Depending on your requirements

Privacy - Blocking

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

Privacy – Stories

CategorySub-categoryOur recommendation
Sharing optionsAllow others to share your public stories to their own stories?Don’t activate

Privacy – Reels

Depending on your requirements

Privacy – Reaction preferences

CategorySub-categoryOur recommendation
Hide number of reactionsOn posts from others
Depending on your requirements
On your postsDepending on your requirements

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

Language and region – Language and region settings

Depending on your requirements

Apps and websites – Apps and websites

Depending on your requirements

Business integrations – Business integrations

Depending on your requirements

Videos – Video settings

CategoryOur recommendation
Video default qualityDepending on your requirements
Autoplay videosDepending on your requirements
Always show captionsDepending on your requirements
Captions displayDepending on your requirements
Video default volumeDepending on your requirements

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