Your Facebook pictures may not be as safe as you think


Rachel Hance - Logan County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences



Rachel L Hance, Logan County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences


Back in January, Greg McKenna, using the name Lacey Noonan, received media attention for his novel featuring New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots objected, but Am-azon.com only pulled the self-published e-book off the market because of an Ohio couple’s law-suit regarding an image on the book’s cover. The plaintiffs claim that the cover photo is one of their engagement pictures from their Facebook page. They say the author did not ask the couple for permission to use the photo, and they call the author’s work “offensive.” The couple is also suing the companies that sold digital formats of the book without their permission. This case is now in federal court.

Even though there is not a way to make your Facebook profile picture non-downloadable, you can still control who can and cannot see your other pictures. It is important that you edit your privacy settings so outsiders cannot view your photo albums. If you would like to see how your profile and photo albums look to people who are not your friend on Facebook, you can click on the “View As…” feature on your Facebook profile. You will discover which photo albums are available to outsiders and which are not available. The only downside is that your current Face-book profile picture and cover photo will be visible to everyone, no matter how strict your priva-cy settings.

Here are four other tips to maximize your privacy settings on Facebook:

Who can see your future posts? This is one of the most common privacy settings on Face-book. To use it, go to your privacy settings by clicking on the lock icon in the right-hand corner and click on “Who can see my stuff?” It will give you a drop-down menu and you can select which groups of people can see your posts. If you select public, then anyone can see your posts. If you select friends, only your Facebook friends can see your posts.

Blocking people from your account – This is another common Facebook privacy feature. If someone is harassing or threatening you, the best choice would be to block them. To access the blocking setting, click on the lock icon in the right-hand corner and click on “How do I stop someone from bothering me?” It will give you a blank space to type in a person’s name or e-mail address and they will be blocked from seeing your profile.

Disabling the search engine feature – If you are uncomfortable with your Facebook profile being searchable on the Internet, you can disable the feature, making it more difficult for em-ployers to find you. Go to your privacy settings by clicking on the lock icon in the right-hand corner and click on “See More Settings.” A list will appear, and then you will need to click on “Do you want other search engines to link your timeline?” under “Who can look me up?”

Creating a pseudo name on Facebook – If you do not want employers and other professionals trying to search your name on Facebook, you can change your name. Most people change their last name to their middle name, or they abbreviate their first or last name. To change your name on Facebook, click on the upside down triangle icon, and click on “Settings” in the drop-down menu. Click on “Edit” under “Name” to change your Facebook name.

References: Chowdhry, A. (2013, November 19). 20 Tips on Increasing Your Facebook Pri-vacy and Security. Forbes.com. Retrieved April 22, 2015, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/ amitchowdhry/2013/11/19/facebook-privacy-tips/.

Gardner, E. (2015, June 18). ‘Gronking to Remember’ Lawsuit Reveals Some Shockers. The Hol-lywood Reporter. Retrieved July 28, 2015, from http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/ gronking-remember-lawsuit-reveals-some-803464.

NESN Staff. (2015, April 29). Couple on Rob Gronkowski Erotic Novel Cover Suing Author, Distributors. New England Sports Network. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from http:// nesn.com/2015/04/couple-on-rob-gronkowski-erotic-novel-cover-suing-author-distributors/. Source: Robert H. Flashman, Extension Specialist for Family Resource Management, Uni-versity of Kentucky; College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Rachel L Hance, Logan County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences
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Rachel Hance

Logan County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences

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