People have been surprised to find that although it is fun to have Facebook friends wish you “Happy Birthday,” having the year of your birth on your Facebook profile is risky due to identity theft issues but also, who wants to advertise how OLD they are? It’s a privacy thing, no matter what your age. Even when you think it is hidden, when the Facebook Birthday app lists yours as an upcoming birthday it MAY also display your age in parentheses next to your name. In this video, I show you the two ways you can protect yourself from these things.
First you will want to go to your personal Profile and click the About section (or the Update Info button). Find the Basic Info area and click Edit. Change the drop down next to your birthday to display “Show only month and day on my timeline.” Click Save. Then also go up to the little triangle drop down on the top right of Facebook and go to Privacy Settings. Find the Ads, Apps and Websites section and click Edit. Then find the “How people bring your info to apps they use” area and click Edit Settings. UNCHECK any boxes next time items you do not want other applications/people to see. Usually these are all checked by default. I uncheck them all except for website, current location, and education/work. Click Save Changes and you should be safe from prying eyes!
NOTE: Your birth year/age may show to YOU but will not show to others. If you don’t believe me, have someone else look at it, or view the page where you are seeing it. Or log into someone else’s account to see. It can be alarming when commenting on a news website article or elsewhere and see your age displayed but rest assured you are the only one seeing it, because you are logged into your Facebook.
UPDATE 1/12/14 Click on Update Info on your personal Timeline and click Edit on Personal Info. Next to Birthday and the YEAR change the audience to ONLY ME (the lock symbol) and keep the month/date as Friends if you like.
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