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Hide Your Date of Birth on Facebook

I know a lot of you come to social networking for your business having already gone onto Facebook with mixed feelings of enjoyment, trepidation and irritation.

One of the things I continually hear is your concerns about privacy so I wanted to write about that:

Facebook’s privacy settings are the stuff of legend…..for all the wrong reasons – they are the stuff of a lot of controversy. Facebook didn’t do itself any favours last year when they rolled out a new version of their privacy settings so that anyone could see anything. However, you have pretty tight control over who sees your personal information as well as the information you post in your status updates. It’s just that not  a lot of people know how to do it.

With the recent changes in September of this year, Facebook have now made the privacy settings much more accessible and ensured lists (and smart lists) are much easier to organise and manage.

It is also easier to manage who has access to the information you add about yourself to your personal profile, including your date of birth.

To hide your year or date of birth, click on ‘Edit profile’ in the middle of the screen under your name. Underneath your birthday, you have a drop down box with 3 options:

  • Show my full date of birth in my profile
  • Show only day and month in my profile
  • Don’t show my birthday in my profile

Select the option you want, I recommend: ‘Show only day and month in my profile’ as an extra layer of security. Make sure you save the changes.

There is also a dropdown arrow to the right of birthday which allows you to control which of your friends see this information.

Did you find this helpful? Let me know by leaving a comment below and sharing with your freinds.

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