Would you like to keep your home address and phone numbers from prying eyes on Facebook personal profile?
Would you like to remove this information entirely from your Facebook account?
This past week, we received a phone call from a very concerned Facebook user that had entered her phone number and address when she signed up for her Facebook account. She didn’t realize that her information was public until someone told her. She wanted to know how she could completely remove this information from her Facebook personal profile.
Facebook has changed the way users can manage the privacy of personal information over the years. There are steps you can take to control your privacy. Let’s take a look at how to remove your address and phone number from Facebook and also examine why you might like to leave your cell phone in your account to be used for an extra layer of security.
3 steps to remove your address and phone number from your Facebook profile
- Log into your Facebook account and click the “About” tab under your Timeline image or the “Update Info” button.
- On the next page, locate and click the “Contact and Basic Info” in the left column.
- On the “Contact Information” page, place your mouse over each section you would like to change, and you will see an “edit” link. Click that link to make the edits.
- You will have the option to remove your phone number and address.
- You may also change the settings of each to “Only Me.”
- Be sure to click the “Save” button after each edit.
The most vigilant step you can take to ensure that your personal address and phone number are kept private and secure from prying eyes and third party developers is to be sure that they will not have access to it. Experts advise that if this private information is in your Facebook profile, to remove it.
Facebook Security: Login Approvals and Your Cell Phone Number
Before you remove your cell phone entirely from your Facebook profile, you may like to consider leaving it there and setting the visibility to “Only Me” so that you can use Facebook’s Login Approvals.
Facebook Login Approvals are an extra layer of security. By activating this setting, you will be required to enter a code that Facebook sends to your mobile phone via text message whenever you log in to the site from a new device. By doing this, you can be sure that no unauthorized logins take place on your account.
How to Enable Facebook Login Approvals
To enable this extra layer of security option:
- Go to Settings
- Locate “Security” in the left column
- On the Security Settings page, locate “Login Approvals” and click edit.
- Check the box next to “Require a security code to access my account from unknown browsers.
- Click save
- Facebook will send you a text message with a verification code to make sure you are able to receive the text messages.
- After you have entered the code, Facebook will follow up with an email notifying you that Login Approvals has been activated. You will need to enter a security code each time you log in from an unknown browser.
Who Can Look Me Up?
If you do opt to leave your cell phone in your Facebook account to use Facebook Login Approvals, there is one more setting that you will want to make sure is set under “Who can look me up?”
- Go to Settings
- Locate “Privacy” in the left column.
- On the Privacy Settings and Tools page, locate “Who can look me up?”
- Locate “Who can look you up using the phone number you provided?, and click the “Edit” link.
- You will have three options, Everyone, Friends of Friends and Friends. Select Friends and save.
With a few simple steps, you will be able to remove your home address and cell phone number from Facebook to ensure that prying eyes do not collect your personal information. You may choose to leave your cell phone number in your account for Facebook’s Login Approvals and then set your privacy settings to limit who can look up by your cell number. Your friends will still be able to look you up by your phone number, but others cannot.