During the past few weeks, stories like this one have given Facebook users a higher sense of urgency about what they share with others. That’s a good thing. One problem, however, is that it can be difficult to know how different privacy settings truly affect your profile.
If you have limited experience with your Facebook privacy settings, one of the best things you can do to protect yourself is to simply be aware of what others can see when they view your profile. And Facebook provides you with a tool that makes doing so very, very easy.
Here’s how you access it:
1. Log in to Facebook and go to your profile page
2. On your profile, look for the “gear” icon next to “Update Info” and “Activity Log”
5. Or, type in a friend’s name to see what your profile looks like when that specific person views it
That’s it. Once you know what others see when they view your profile, you can make informed decisions about how to adjust your privacy settings.