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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 17th June 2022 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).
Memo­ri­al­i­sa­tion settingsDepending on your requirements
Iden­tity confirmationNot nec­es­sary in Switzerland

Secu­rity and login – Secu­rity and login

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Rec­om­mendedCheck your impor­tant secu­rity settingsDon‘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
Set­ting up extra securityGet alerts about unrecog­nised loginsActi­vate
AdvancedEncrypted noti­fi­ca­tion emailsDepending 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
Pri­vacy shortcutsCheck a few impor­tant settingsDepending on your requirements
Manage your profileDepending on your requirements
Learn more with Pri­vacy Basics
No set­tings possible
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
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

Face recog­ni­tion – Face recog­ni­tion settings

No set­tings possible

Pro­file and tag­ging – 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
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

Public posts – Public Post Fil­ters and Tools

Depending on your requirements

Blocking – Manage blocking

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

Loca­tion – Loca­tion settings

No set­tings possible

Cookies – Cookies

Depending on your requirements

Lan­guage and region – Lan­guage and region settings

Depending on your requirements

Sto­ries – Sto­ries settings

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Sharing optionsAllow others to share your public sto­ries to their own story?Don‘t acti­vate
Allow people to share your sto­ries if you men­tion them?Don‘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

Apps and web­sites – Apps and websites

Depending on your requirements

Games – Games

Depending on your requirements

Busi­ness inte­gra­tions – Busi­ness integrations

Depending on your requirements

Ads – Ad preferences

Depending on your requirements

Ad pay­ments – Pay­ments settings

Depending on your requirements

Face­book Pay – Face­book Pay

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
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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