On Facebook, how should I adjust my privacy settings so that my posts stay private?

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Honestly, if you are really concerned with the privacy of your account it may be better to not post anything you would not want to be public.

  • Seconded. Always post information on the internet with the expectation that it will be propagated outside of your control. This way, you'll never be surprised when/if it does. :)
    – Michael
    Commented Jun 30, 2010 at 21:09
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    100% agree. The sad part is I now must preface picture opportunities with friends as "please don't post this on Facebook, etc.." Commented Jun 30, 2010 at 23:52
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    Imagine Justin was asking the same thing in the real world. There's a bulletin board, in a physically secured office, that only he and his colleagues can see. What they don't realize is that over the New Year's holiday the bulletin board is moved to the lobby. Nobody knew about this, nobody even thought to ask. They thought they were doing the right thing keeping their little world private. Of course you can say, "If you're really concerned about privacy then you shouldn't post anything on that private bulletin board", but that's not really the question.
    – Ian Boyd
    Commented Sep 3, 2011 at 16:23
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    This is not a good answer to the question. For example: I might post something on Facebook about going away on vacation. I'm not concerned about my Facebook friends knowing this. There'd be no reason for them to trumpet it around. But it would be crazy to post it to the entire world, as my house would probably get burglarized while I was gone. Most information on Facebook isn't interesting enough that people will spread it to the entire world. The question is how I can keep from spreading it to the entire world when I post.
    – Kyralessa
    Commented Feb 29, 2012 at 20:59
  1. Click Account
  2. Click Privacy Settings
  3. Either:
    • Simple:
      1. Click Friends Only
    • Advanced:
      1. Click Custom
      2. Click Customize Settings
      3. Click Posts by me
      4. Select Friends Only

You could also try ReclaimPrivacy, they have a very easy to use javascript bookmark which allows you to see where your privacy might leak.

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    I used that, but ran it 4 times and got 4 different answers, so I frankly don't trust it very much. Commented Jun 30, 2010 at 20:50

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