Today, in the age of the Internet, privacy may seem like a thing of the past. With the help of advanced search engines and social networking sites such as Facebook, Internet content associated with your name can usually be found quite easily. Because of this, it is important to know how to protect yourself and hide your Facebook page from employers in order to maintain a bit of privacy in an increasingly public world.
Step 1 – Check Your Privacy Settings
The first thing you need to do is check your privacy settings. To do this, login to your Facebook account. From the Facebook homepage, hover your mouse over the “Settings” link on the right side of the top navigation bar and scroll down and click on “Privacy Settings.” From here click on the link that says “Profile” to see how others see your profile and what content they are exposed to.
Step 2 – Create Friends Lists
In order to ensure that certain people do not see certain things from your Facebook profile, or your entire profile you can create friends lists. Facebook provides each user with a “Limited Profile” friends list. By using this list you can choose which content your “Limited Profile” friends can see. Hover your mouse over the “Friends” link on the navigation bar at the top of the page and scroll down to “All Friends.” From here the link “Limited Profile” should be visible on the left side navigation bar; if it is not simply click on the link at the top of this page that says “Create New List” and create a new list called Limited Profile. You will then be able to add friends to this list by typing in names into the “Start Typing a Name” query box.
Step 3 – Readjust Your Privacy Settings
In addition to using friends lists to hide parts of your profile from specific people, you can also choose which content from your profile is public, semi-public, or totally private. To do this go back to the “Profile” area inside “Privacy Settings.” You will be presented with all the parts of your profile and you will be able to choose how public each part is. Perhaps your photos and photos tagged of you are your biggest concern—from this “Privacy Settings” page you will be able to choose if only you, only your friends, everyone in your network(s) or anyone logged into Facebook will be able to see your photos and photos tagged of you. You will have this choice for other parts of your profile as well including the Personal Information, Work Information, and your Wall.
Step 4 – Be Prepared for the Future
When considering how to hide your Facebook page from employers, it is important to consider future employers as well. Be sure to keep in mind anybody you already know who you might potentially work for in the future. And remember, it is better to be prepared and hide parts of your profile now than to suffer from negative consequences later on.