Can You Look to See Who Recently Looked at Your Facebook Profile?

By Mike Smith

Facebook does not provide information that would make visitor tracking programs or applications possible. This means that there is no way for you to monitor who visits your profile. Instead, Facebook provides tools for deciding what information you share and with whom. These tools can be accessed from your account's privacy settings and should be set up before you add personal information to your Facebook profile. Control how information is shared so you won't have to worry about who visits.

Finding Privacy Settings

Sign in to your Facebook account as you normally would. Click the "Account" button in the top right corner of the screen and select "Privacy Settings" from the drop down menu.

Adjusting Privacy Settings

Click the "Customize Settings" link near the bottom of the page. The next page will present a list of the types of information you can share on Facebook. Use the drop-down menu beside each information type to decide who will be able to see it. Choosing "Everyone" means that anyone with a Facebook account will be able to see that information. "Friends Only" means that only those you have added as friends will have access.

Considerations

Think about the type of information you post under each category. Basic information like your name and employment may be fine to share with large groups. Other information, such as status updates and photos, could easily contain material inappropriate for the workplace. It is a good idea to share this kind of information with "Friends Only."

Social Media Background Checks

A growing number of firms are offering "social media background checks" on anyone for a fee. This means that people such as potential employers can have the Web scoured for any personal information you share. Facebook's built-in privacy tools go a long way toward securing your personal data, but you should still play it safe when deciding what to post.