Last week I shared how you can see what Facebook knows (or thinks it knows) about you.

This week, I wanted to quickly share how you can change you privacy settings on Facebook to give them as little data as possible.

There are three primary ways to lock down your data on Facebook (as best as you can).

Restricting Content Audience

This step is super simple.

When you visit the “status update” box on your Facebook homepage, you will see a dropdown box that gives you the opportunity to change who will see your status update. Here’s a screenshot:

By changing that, you can limit who sees your content on Facebook. This will not prevent Facebook from seeing your content, but it will prevent unwanted people from seeing your content.

The next type of privacy setting helps you protect more of your information

The “Privacy” Section

The purpose of changing settings in the privacy section is to regulate who can see your content and who can find you on Facebook (and how). Here is what that page looks like:

You can make all of those settings as strict as you’d like. It will keep you from unwanted interactions and will keep your content from being read by more people than you want.

The final section in which you can protect your data is actually in the “ads” section.

The “Ads” Section

In the ads section, there are two sets of options regarding your privacy: the “your information,” section and the “ads settings” section.

Here is the “your information” section:

This section, as it says at the top, gives you the opportunity to restrict what kinds of your information advertisers can use to deliver you ads. When these are turned on, your ads will be more relevant because advertisers have a clearer picture of you. When they’re turned off, your ads may not be interesting, but advertisers won’t have a picture of who you are.

Here is “ads settings” section:

Each of these three little boxes are pretty self-explanatory. I don’t want Facebook using its advanced ad tracking tactics on me.

I know this has been brief, but I wanted to keep it as simple as possible so that you know how to restrict your data as much as you can on Facebook.

Again, it’s best to assume that anything you input into Facebook could become public information. But, do what you can to lock down your info to protect yourself for now.

Chris Martin

Chris Martin is the Co-Creator and Chief Content Officer at LifeWay Social as well as a Content Strategist at LifeWay. He and his wife Susie live outside Nashville, TN.