How to Perform a Privacy Checkup on Facebook

The Privacy Checkup tool allows you to determine how much or how little information you reveal, and to whom.

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Facebook has tons of privacy checks that it would take three or more blog posts to cover the topic. In this post we are going to tackle two topics. The Privacy Checkup is tedious and laborious, plus, there are way too many checks. In our opinion, Facebook is a giant bureaucracy, too big for its own good Regardless, you may be surprised at the kinds and amount of information you are sharing, I know I was. Just take the time to discover what you are sharing using Facebook’s Privacy Checkup tool.

The Privacy Checkup tool allows you to determine how much or how little information you reveal, and to whom. Let’s explore this Facebook tool.

This is for devices running Facebook. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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Start Privacy Checkup

To run the latest version of Facebook’s Privacy Checkup tool, first, launch Facebook. Next, click the down arrow icon in the upper right-hand corner, then click on Settings & Privacy. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings & Privacy

Now, select Privacy Checkup. See below image:

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Accessing Privacy Checkup tool

Choose the First Topic

Next, in the Privacy Checkup window, click the first topic, Who can see what you share. See following image:

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Selecting the first topic

Now, click Continue. Refer to below image:

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Verbiage about the topic, continue to next screen

Your Profile Information

Next, at the Profile Information window, review the settings for your phone number, email addresses, and birthday. Click the button next to each one, and choose whether to change it to Public, Friends, Only Me, or a specific Facebook list. See below image:

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What and who sees your Profile Information

I changed my Birthday to Friends (it was already Friends, I kept it the same). To exit, click the “X” in upper right-hand corner. See following image:

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Changing who sees your Birthday

You probably want this information to remain private or only visible to friends or a specific group. When done, click Next. Refer to below image:

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Continue to the next screen

Your Posts

Now, at the Posts window, set the option for who should see future posts. You would likely want to set this to Friends. The Limit Past Posts option changes past posts that were seen by the Public or Friends of Friends to only Friends. Click Next to continue. See below image:

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Who sees your Posts, continue to next screen

Your Blocked People

Next, at the Block screen, you can block specific people from seeing things you post, starting conversations with you, or trying to add you as a friend. To do this, click Add to Blocked list link. See following image:

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Selecting your Blocked List option

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Now, type the name of the person or account you wish to block. From the list of suggestions, click the Block button for the correct person, then click Next. Refer to below image:

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Entering a name to block

Next, click Confirm to block the person and continue. See below image:

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Confirming a blocked person

Now, you will be taken back to the Block screen. You may select another person to block. When finished, click the “X” in upper right-hand corner. See following image:

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Exiting the blocked persons screen

Next, to continue, click Next. Refer to below image:

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Continue to the next screen

You Are Finished With First Topic

Now, the You’re All Set window will open indicating you are finished with the topic. To continue, click the Review Another Topic button. See below image:

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You have finished this topic screen

Choose Your Second Topic

Next, select How to keep your account secure. See following image:

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Select the second topic

Note! My Password is OK and Two-factor authentication is on. Now, click Continue. Refer to below image:

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Verbiage about the topic, continue to next screen

Check Your Password

Next, at the window for Is Your Password Private, click Change Password if you are concerned that it was compromised or you want to change it to something more secure then click Next. See below image:

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Manage your password, continue to next screen

Check Your Two-Factor Authentication

If Two-factor authentication is off, click the Get Started button to add Two-Factor authentication to protect your Facebook account. You want to do this. Just, follow the steps to set this up. Now, click Next to continue. See following image:

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Manage Two-Factor Authentication, continue to next screen

Check Your Alerts

Next, at the window for Turn On Alerts, turn on the switch for any alerts you wish to receive if you or someone else signs into your Facebook account from a new or different location, then click Next. Refer to below image:

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Enable/Disable Alerts, continue to next screen

You Are Finished With Second Topic

Now, the You’re All Set window will open indicating you are finished with the topic. To continue, click the Review Another Topic button. See below image:

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You have finished this topic

You may continue to one or more of the next three topics and follow its directions.



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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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