29 Tips to Make You a Facebook Master


Just because you share your thoughts with your Facebook friends doesn’t mean you want to share them with the entire world. So Facebook’s security features are essential to know and learn.

11. Opt Out of Suggested Tagging

Thanks to new facial-recognition technology, Facebook is semi-automating photo tagging. To stop the service from suggesting photos of you to be tagged by your friends, go to Account > Account Settings > Privacy > Customize Settings > Things Others Share. Then disable “Suggest photos of me to friends.”

12. Report Offensive or Inappropriate Content

With Facebook’s social reporting tool, you can notify a member of your community, as well as Facebook, when you see something you think is inappropriate or offensive.

To report a Wall Post/Comment:

  • Click the small X to the right of a post.
  • Select “Report Post or Spam” from the pop-up window. This removes the post from your wall/news feed and generates a report to Facebook that something is amiss.

To report a Picture:

  • Open the photo.
  • Click Report This Photo on the bottom left.
  • Select the reason for filing the report. If it is a photo of you, you can tell Facebook you don’t like the photo or that the image represents harrassement of you or one of your friends. If the photo is not of you, you can designate the image as spam, pornography, graphic violence, hate speech/symbolism, or illegal drug use.
  • Click Continue. Facebook will pop up a “Thank you for Reporting” note.

To report a Video:

  • Open the video.
  • Click Report Video from the bottom right .
  • Select the reason for filing the report as either spam, hate speech, violent, or sexual. If you select hate speech or violence, additional drop-down menus will appear.
  • Click Submit. Facebook will pop up a thank-you note, with a qualification that a report will not guarantee the video will be removed from the site.

13. Control What Information About You Appears in Bing Facebook Recommendations

When you’re logged into Facebook and you visit Bing, you’ll see what your friends have liked. To control whether your likes and interests appear in that space, go to Account > Privacy Settings. Click on View Settings at the top of the page. Next to “See your likes, activities and other connections,” you’ll see a drop-down menu to restrict that access to specific people.

14. Edit Whose News Feed You See

  • Scroll to the bottom of your news feed.
  • Click Edit Options.
  • You can set it to see all your friends’ feeds, or just the people you interact with most.
  • You can get more advanced by removing a person or a story from your feed by hovering over that post in question and clicking the X that appears. A drop-down menu appears to offer personalization options such as “Hide all by [person’s name]” or Mark as Spam.

15. Stop Facebook Spam and Malware

Visit apps.facebook.com/mypagekeeper to add a free app designed to protect your Facebook wall and personal information from malware and spam. Called MyPageKeeper, the app scans and monitors all content posted on your wall and in your news feed. To lock down your profile, click the + button at the top of the app’s Facebook page. Then check Allow to enable the app to run in the background.

16. Remove a Malware-Filled App

Malware often enters a Facebook account when you enable an infected app. To review your apps and look for possible problems:

  • Go to Account > Privacy Settings.
  • Click Edit Your Settings beneath Apps and Websites on the bottom left.
  • Next to Apps You Use, click Edit Settings.
  • In this window, you can delete or edit the specific settings for the apps that are enabled to work with your account. Some settings in an app may be removed without disabling the app itself. You can also see when the app was added to the account and when it was last accessed.

17. Recover Your Account from a Hack

If your account is hacked or taken over by someone else, one method for recovering it is to ask for a little help from your friends. From the Forgot Your Password link on the login page, you can designate a few trusted folks to receive a unique security code and instructions on how to help you out. You’ll need to call your friends to get these specific series of letters and numbers, which help verify that you are who you say you are because you are in contact with the friends you designated. Enter the codes, then you’ll need to wait 24 hours before Facebook will allow you to log back in as yourself.

Become a Facebook Master

Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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  1. antoniolynnm Says:


    On messaging: my pop-screen, there are only three choices: green=hide, flower=some options (no camera option) and lastly X= exit.

    Some regions are not updated yet?

    Thanks and best regards,

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