How to Make Facebook Private

Identity theft prevention and protecting your privacy are very important online. You can be one step closer to internet security by setting your profile to private on social networking sites so that only the friends you approve can see your account information. To set your Facebook profile to private, follow the simple steps below.

Things You'll Need

  • A Facebook account


    • 1

      Log in to your Facebook account at

    • 2

      Click "Account" near the upper right corner of your profile page, and then click "Privacy Settings".

    • 3

      Select "Friends of Friends", "Friends Only", or "Recommended", review the settings to make sure you approve, and then click "Apply These Settings". For example, if you use the "Friends Only" settings, your profile information, pictures, and posts can only be seen by your approved friends. Alternatively, you can select "Customize settings" to control who can see what type of information.

    • 4

      Click "Edit your settings" under Applications and Websites in the lower left corner. Edit each setting according to the desired level of privacy.

    • 5

      Click "Back to Privacy", and click "Edit your lists" under Block Lists to block individuals and applications from searching you or sending you requests on Facebook.

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