Facebook asks for some personal data to register in the application for Android and iPhone (iOS), but some mechanisms of the app can make this information exposed on the social network for anyone. Exposure of data such as e-mail address, date of birth, location and even likes can jeopardize the user’s privacy if he does not wish to share this information with all friends.
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It is possible, however, to disable the display of this personal data for all Facebook users through the «Configuration and Privacy» menu. The tab is located at the bottom of the menu that the user accesses to see his profile information. Check out the following list of five things your friends know about you on Facebook and how to hide your personal details.
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The Facebook registration asks for an email address for the login, which is exposed in the profile for all to see. Users who prefer to hide the information should go to «Settings and Privacy» and enter «Privacy Shortcuts». Touch the «Review some important privacy settings» option and go to «Who can see what you share». Press «Continue» and search for «Email». Touch the corresponding arrow and choose between «Public», «Friends» and «Only me».
Hide the email address on the Facebook profile – Photo: Reproduction / Graziela Silva
2. When the user is online
It is also possible to see the «Online status» of your contacts in Messenger. Making this information available, however, makes the user subject to receiving messages at unwanted moments. To disable the option, open the app and tap Messenger. In the top left menu, touch the profile photo and go to «Online Status». Press the key next to the phrase «Show when you are online». Finally, confirm in «Disable».
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The «Friends in the vicinity» feature allows you to know the location of your friends on a map with certain precision, with the proposal of finding acquaintances when passing or traveling. The option can be disabled in the menu, by tapping «Friends in the vicinity, and pressing the gear next to your name. Finally, tap» Disable Friends in the Surroundings «to prevent friends from knowing where you have been.
Facebook has the ability to see the location of friends – Photo: Reproduction / dnetc
The user must inform his date of birth when creating a Facebook account. However, not everyone wants to have the data exposed in the profile, as it is personal information required for various registrations. To hide the information, go to «Configuration and Privacy» and tap «Privacy Shortcuts». Go to «Review some important privacy settings» and touch «Who can see what you share». Tap «Continue», find «Date of Birth» and select the desired option.
You can hide your birth date on Facebook through the «Settings and Privacy» menu – Photo: Reproduction / Graziela Silva
If you don’t want your likes on pages and your friends list to be shown to everyone, go to «Settings and Privacy» and tap «Privacy Shortcuts». Go to «Review some important privacy settings» and continue with «Who can see what you share». Continue until you reach «Friends and People / Pages you are following». In this menu, you can configure who can see your friends list and the pages and people you follow.
Choose who will see your likes, friends and pages followed on Facebook profile – Photo: Reproduction / Graziela Silva
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