Facebook is the top social media platform to connect us with people millions of miles away and let us be friends with people we have never met. But, apart from the positive aspects, facebook is prone to the threats of cybercrime. The treacherous cybercrimes against women begin with stalking. Most people remain unaware if someone is stalking them on Facebook. Before learning the tips to change the facebook privacy settings, you must ensure if someone is stalking you on facebook. By Facebook stalking, we mean when someone uses Facebook to follow and track your online actions. It includes viewing your pictures, activities and continuously making efforts to get your attention with likes, comments, and messages.
How to Know If Someone Is Stalking You?
The stalking might ruin the facebook experience of people, and that is the reason some people delete their accounts to avoid disturbing situations. There are several signs to alarm you, and you must take actions if you receive the below warnings. Here is how to know you are under the threat of facebook stalking.
They comment on all your posts – The primary goal of stalkers is to attract attention and the best technique to gain attention is to comment on your posts.
They comment on old posts –You might have forgotten after making a post, but suddenly receive notification that an anonymous person has liked or commented on your old posts.
Stalkers continuously like all your photos – If someone of pursuing you on facebook, s/he will like all your photos to appear in your notifications.
They will use messenger to contact you – If someone is steadily visible in your notification, and you receive a message from that person, it is time to get alert because that person is obsessively following you.
They regularly appear in your friend suggestions– Facebook uses an algorithm which notices people who are interacting with your profile and put them in the friend suggestions.
How to Set Facebook Privacy Settings to Avoid Stalkers?
The idea of someone watching our profile is not bad at the start. Think about it once; we can find someone’s post or comment compelling enough to raise curiosity to see their profile. The situation is perfectly okay till it’s about curiosity, but it can take a terrible shape. So, there are some tips to ensure your safety from Facebook stalkers.
Change the audience
Every time you share any post on facebook, you are asked to choose your audience. If you are posting something you want everyone to see, then sharing the post with the “Public” is a good idea. But if you are sharing your photos or personal information, then you must ensure to share the post with “friends only.”
Never Share Your Address, Phone Number, Email, Check-Ins etc.
Though it is common sense, some people, being unaware of the threats so make their personal information visible while creating the Facebook Account. It is to warn all those who don’t set privacy on their personal information; IT IS LIKE WRITING YOUR NUMBER AND ADDRESS ON PUBLIC WALL. It is as dangerous as that. So, double-check that you have to Change Facebook Privacy Settings.
Set Privacy on Your Liked Pages
There is an option to hide your likes in Facebook Privacy Settings. You need to hide that from the public and set it to “visible to only me.” If you would not hide your likes, it might allow stalkers to follow you in your liked places. For example, the areas where you visit regularly. In case you want to share the same with your friends, you can share the post tagging with your friends’ group, or share the “ask me” link. Everyone can ask you about your preferred locations such as restaurant, bar, etc. and you always have to option to delete or avoid their request.
Hide Old Posts from the Timeline
In most cases, people learn to set Facebook Privacy Settings, after many years of joining facebook, but the previous posts remain under threat. So, Facebook has now provided an option to hide old content from the timeline. Users get to choose the period and can hide the content posted before that. It does not allow stalkers to see, or comment on the content that was posted before changing the privacy settings.
Set Privacy on Your Friends list
If you want to set a full-proof facebook Profile, then you must also ensure to hide your friends’ list. It will limit their access to your friends, and they would not be able to disclose your relationships with people. A stalker can use your friends’ list to find more information about your friends and family, to blackmail you later.
For this, you have to click on “Friends,” and then select the option of “Manager” by clicking on the pencil. Choose “Edit Privacy” from there, and open the “Who can see my friend list” section to choose “Nobody.”
Don’t Link Search Engines with Your Facebook Account
By this, we mean, you should not connect your Facebook account with other sites. Facebook stalkers might use additional search engines to find about you. Facebook provides you with the option to restrict other search engines to access your facebook account and content.
You only have to move to the menu for Privacy Settings and Tools. From there, you need to choose the option, “Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline?” You will get two option in Yes or No. Select the option of NO, and make your facebook account safe from stalkers.