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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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