More than 14 million Australians use Facebook, so it’s safe to assume that you are already on Facebook or you’ve thought about setting up a Facebook page. If you’re already using Facebook, now may be the time to review your Facebook settings.
Although some of us use our computers or laptops to get into Facebook, most people check and update their Facebook page—and see what’s going on with their friends—using the Facebook app on their smartphone or tablet.
Facebook also offers the Messenger app which many use to send messages, share photos and videos, and start or join group conversations.
Many people have an enjoyable experience on Facebook.
Sometimes, things can and do go wrong. Some people may be subject to overt abuse and also covert abuse such as cyberstalking, impersonation, image-based abuse, or have their account hacked. Read more about online abuse.
There are many steps you can take to reduce the risk of something going wrong. Start by following these tips.
Use a strong password that’s not easy to guess, change it regularly and don’t share it with anyone. Always change your password if you think your account has been compromised in any way. Consider setting up two-factor authentication for an extra layer of security – watch our video to see how to do this.
Be diligent about checking your privacy settings regularly – don’t rely on the default settings. Watch our video to find out how to adjust your privacy settings.
Do the Privacy Check-up, and control who can see your information.
Control what you share – restrict it to friends. Remember, when you share photos or information on Facebook you’re trusting others not to copy or share it without your knowledge.
Handy tip: If you see an icon of the world next to a post or photo, the whole world can see it. Make sure your information is available only to the people you choose.
Think about how much personal information you share.
Don’t reveal your location:
If you are feeling unsafe right now, call the police on Triple Zero (000).
If someone is abusing you on Facebook:
If the abuser’s behaviour makes you feel unsafe, you’ll need support from the police and other services. See our Get help page.
People aren’t allowed to create Facebook accounts that impersonate another person. If this has happened to you, report it to Facebook.