Have you ever been stuck in an icky situation? Have you ever had your Facebook inbox bombarded with tons of accusatory messages? Have you ever wanted to browse through Facebook, drama free?
If the answer to any of the questions mentioned above is yes, then you’re in the right place.
This article deals with and clears the air of any doubts that you might be fostering, on how to browse through Facebook-incognito or stealth mode.
10 Ways To Go Invisible On Facebook:
So, if you’re interested in enjoying Facebook, without garnering unwarranted attention, either from estranged lovers or from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or even Facebook itself, keep on reading!
1-Restrict Your Profile:
Perhaps the most fundamental step that users can take, to preserve their security online, is to limit access to specific users on their Facebook profiles.
By restricting particular users access to your profile, you go the extra mile to make sure that none of the information that you put online can be used against you.
To restrict someone from viewing the entirety of your Facebook profile, all you need to do is go to the profile of the person you want restricted and click on ‘restrict.’
After you’ve succeeded in restricting people, give yourself a pat on the back as you’ve prohibited them from gaining access to personal information about yourself without unfriending them.
Another added bonus in restraining snoopy people from your account is that you minimize the chance of hackers targeting you in a phishing attack.
2- Control Who Can View Your Old Posts:
Facebook has been around since 2004, and most of us grew up on the platform.
Throughout the years, Facebook has seen all of our cringy pre-pubescent selfies, and rants about the lunch being served in middle school. For this reason, it might be a good idea to control who can see your old posts.
When someone adds you as a friend on Facebook, you can alter the privacy settings. You can restrict the newly added person from viewing from your old posts.
This feature proves to be extremely fruitful when a future employer goes snooping through your Facebook profile and finds nothing on your (somewhat) shady past.
To activate this function, you need to go the drop down menu, click on ‘Privacy’ and select ‘Limit past posts.’
3- Publish Posts Only To Your Close Friends:
If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re tired of friends seeing something that they shouldn’t have, and raging a storm as a consequence.
An easy fix for this problem is to post for a selected group of friends separately. This in turn prevents any confusion and helps you protect your privacy.
Create specific groups for ‘Friends,’ ‘Work’ and ‘Close Friends’ so that you can share your posts with particular people. Moreover, can refrain, other people from spying on the affairs of your personal affairs.
4- Keep Your Age And Birthday Private:
In the modern time, we live in, just your birthday combined with your name is enough information for you to have your identity stolen on Facebook.
On the surface, however, your birthday might seem like irrelevant and harmless information. But there are many hackers out there who can piece an entire identity out of these tiny nuggets of data.
Eradicating personal information such as your age and date of birth from your profile can prove extremely beneficial in the long run for you. It minimizes the risk of your identity being stolen or any of your other social media accounts being compromised.
And if you’re concerned about people wishing you on your birthday, you should probably find solace in the fact that real friends know your birthday.
5- Keep Your Friend List Hidden:
Another crucial step that you can take to ensure your privacy and security on Facebook is keeping your friend list private.
To prohibit people from viewing who your friends are, all you need to do is go to the ‘Privacy’ section and go to the ‘Who can see my friends list?’ and select the audience.
Doing so will serve as extra protection for you as well as your friends.
Who you hang out with and talk to is crucial information to those malicious people who are intent on causing you harm through cyber-crimes.
Therefore, if you want to protect your privacy, as well as your friends, keeping your friend list hidden is the way to go.
6- Monitor And Control Who Can Add You As A Friend:
There are little things more annoying than strangers adding you on Facebook, and continuously making their unwarranted presence known in your friend requests.
Speaking from personal experience, some people just don’t get the hint. Despite you ignoring their friend request for the zillionth time- they simply do not give up!
Thus, to secure your friend request section from the pesky bombardment of strangers trying to add you, all you need to do is tweak your Facebook privacy settings a bit.
Instead of allowing friend requests from everyone, you can go to your Facebook settings and change the configuration only to allow friends of friends to add you.
After you’ve done that, all that’s left to do is enjoy browsing through Facebook without the fear of strangers gaining access to the personal information and using it for whatever they may please.
7- Block Annoying Users:
Facebook has a lot of good things to offer to users. It includes companionship, connection, an emerging marketplace, advertisements, to name a few.
Unfortunately, many people have been exposed to the wrong parts of Facebook before the good. It includes cyber-bullying, harassing, with some users having received death threats as well.
So, if we leave Facebook users to their own devices, the world would truly become a horrendous place to live in.
Luckily for us, the easiest thing to do is to block certain annoying users. They are the ones who make you feel uncomfortable about your online presence in any way.
Blocking someone is akin to making yourself invisible for the person you’ve blocked.
The blocked person will be unable to see anything on your profile. Hence, providing you with protection from the creeps hovering on Facebook.
8-Hide Your Location:
Another vital step that you can take to increase your privacy on Facebook is to hide your location, through Facebook’s settings.
Furthermore, you need to make sure that you don’t include any location tags in your posts. This means that you can’t post any ‘checking in’ posts which provide an exact GPS coordinate of where you’ve been.
If for any reason, you have no other choice but to share your location, make sure you do so with your close friends only.
9- Hide Your Upcoming Events:
So you’ve just arranged your engagement party, and your previous muse saw the event on Facebook and decided to crash- despite the free entertainment provided, nobody wants to experience this firsthand.
Although the scenario presented above is highly unlikely to happen to you, But, it’s always better to be careful than sorry.
Thus, You should always keep your events private. By doing so you protect your privacy and keeps your personal information private.
Although it may seem trivial, the events you attend has essential information that could aid hackers. The hackers can gather data about you as well as help stalkers follow you around.
Therefore, make sure that your private events stay private, above anything else.
10- Disable Facial Recognition On Photos:
Although facial recognition seems like a pretty cool feature to use. However, you might be surprised to hear that you’re much safer without it.
On Facebook, facial recognition helps other people tagging you in photos and vice versa.
Turning the facial recognition function off prevents, Facebook, to know what you look like. It also reduces the risk of identity theft and other cyber-crimes.
You can easily disable facial recognition by visiting the settings through your profile.
Now that you know all there is to know about invisibility on Facebook make sure you put your safety above everything else and go, rogue!
Happy anonymity adventures!