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Some new changes to Facebook will make it much easier to search through old posts.

While this would be very handy if, say, you’re trying to track down a specific old topic or discussion by the people you know, it’s a little more worrying if it inadvertently leads a stranger to conversations between you and your friends.

If you haven’t already checked up on your privacy settings, now is the time! Thankfully, Facebook allows users to decide which of their posts are private and public, so you’ll be able to set things right with the following simple steps:

How to hide old posts from public view

  1. In the top right hand corner of your screen, click the small lock icon (right next to the globe symbol that tells you about new notifications)
  2. A menu list will pop up. Click “See more settings”
  3. Choose “limit past posts”
  4. Follow the instructions from here to ensure that only your friends will be able to search through old posts.

But how can you ensure your posts continue to be safe? This is just as simple…

How to protect your future posts

  1. Click the same top right corner lock icon as before
  2. Click on “why can see my stuff?”
  3. You can choose between friends, friends of friends, and members of the public.

Have you taken these simple steps to ensure your Facebook privacy? Are you concerned about who might see your posts?

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  1. My son locked my Facebook down tight, younger ones are on the ball with this stuff and glad to help us oldies out 🙂

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    • Don’t know what I’d do without our cluey young ones. I would imagine they have also locked me up tight! I’ll have to check!

  2. Not sure if this can be done on smartphone? Maybe just from my laptop???

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  3. Cant do it on this phone. Dont have a computer so i guess im up for grabs…….but i wasnt really born in 1913, didnt go to school at northmead either….oh well!!!

  4. I will be doing it. Got an email the other day from an unknown male who stated he had seen my profile on FB and wanted to pursue a relationship with me . Very creepy and how did he get my email address?? I use a different one for FB. I am far from happy that people can do that

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    • I got an email just like that yesterday!! And I use a different email address for Facebook

    • It’s not good when that can happen. It’s different if you are looking for a relationship but hey I’m married and not. It’s an invasion of privacy

    • I have received two emails from someone who is on holidays in three weeks and wants to meet up so he says. Not sure it came from Facebook though cause he called me dear friend. His English isn’t to good. I deleted them straight away

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