Women's Safety Hub

Tools

In addition to policies and proactive detection technology to fight behavior that threatens to keep women offline, we offer a number of tools to help people control their experience on Facebook.

Security

Secure your accounts to protect your information.

Use Security Checkup
You can use Facebook’s Security Checkup to do the following:
  • Get alerts when someone tries logging into your account from an unrecognized computer or mobile device.
  • Learn how to protect your password.
  • Enable two-factor authentication.

Set strong passwords
  • Passwords help to protect your private information and your email or social media accounts. Don’t share your passwords with other people.
  • Use passwords that are hard to guess. Make sure your password is at least 8 characters long and uses a combination of numbers, letters and special characters, like punctuation marks.
  • Avoid passwords like your name, your date of birth, “password” or “123456.” Use a different password for each of your accounts. That way, if someone learns your password, that person does not have access to every account you have.
  • To learn more about strong passwords, visit http://www.fb.me/passwords.

Turn on two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your account. When you turn on two-factor authentication, you will enter a special security code each time you try to access your Facebook account from a new computer, phone or browser. Learn how to turn on two-factor authentication.

Get alerts about unrecognized devices

Use login alerts to get notifications any time someone attempts to get access to your account from a new or unrecognized device. Learn how to turn on alerts about unrecognized logins.

Know what to do if you're hacked

If you think your account has been hacked or taken over, make sure you secure it as soon as possible.

Check the contact information stored on your account to make sure it is correct and has not been altered. If you can't get into your account, visit facebook.com/hacked. We can help you secure your account by requiring you to change your password and review recent login activity.

If you can log into your account, we recommend changing your password.

Enabling two-factor authentication will add an extra layer of security and help to prevent this in the future.

Log out of Facebook on unused computers, phones or tablets

You can manage where you’re logged into Facebook in Security and Login Settings. The Where You’re Logged In section lists where you’re currently logged in. Each entry includes a date, time, location and device type.

Clicking Log Out will immediately log you out of Facebook on that device.

Privacy

Use Privacy Checkup

You can use Privacy Checkup to make sure only the people you trust can see your information and posts.

You can also review who can see your posts and the information from your profile, like your phone number and email address. It also shows you your settings for apps that you've logged into using Facebook. You can also use Privacy Checkup to review and adjust your privacy settings to help make sure that you are sharing your stories with the right people you want to see them.

Choose who you share with

Whenever you update your status, share photos or post anything on Facebook, you can select who sees what you share by using the "audience selector" tool. You can choose to share with everyone, just your friends or even a customized audience. When you create a customized audience, you can selectively share with specific people.

Remember, when you post something on another person's profile, that person controls who can view the post. Additionally, anyone who gets tagged in your posts may see them, along with their friends.

Choose who can comment

One way to control who can comment is to change the audience of an individual post or change your settings for all public posts.

In addition, you can change who can comment on an individual public post on your profile. You can choose to allow the public, just your friends, or only the profile and pages you mention to comment on that individual public post.

Manage tags

There are two options within the Timeline and Tagging Settings for reviewing content that is tagged. The first allows you to approve or dismiss posts that you are tagged in before they appear on your Timeline. This automatically applies to posts where you are tagged by someone you are not friends with, but you can choose to review all tags by turning on the timeline review. The second option allows you to approve or dismiss tags that people add to your posts. When you turn this on, a tag that someone adds to your post will not appear until you approve it.

Prevent Search Engines from Linking to Your Profile

If you don’t want search engines outside of Facebook to link directly to your profile, you can adjust this setting from your privacy settings.

When you adjust this setting, keep in mind:
  • Turning this off only controls if a search engine will link to your profile in a search engine's search results. Information from your profile and some things you share (such as public information) can still appear in search engine results even if you select No.
  • This includes things you share with the audience set to Public, posts and comments on Pages and public groups and posts in the Community Forum section of the Help Center.

Safety and Wellbeing

Unfriend or block people you don't want to stay connected with

To unfriend someone, go to that person's profile, hover over the "Friends" button at the top and select "Unfriend." If you choose to unfriend someone, Facebook won't notify the person but you'll be removed from their friends list. If you want to be friends with this person again, you'll need to send a new friend request.

Blocking a person automatically unfriends them, and also blocks them so they can no longer see things you post on your profile, tag you, invite you to events or groups, or add you as a friend. Blocking is reciprocal, so you also won't be able to see things they post or start conversations with them. When you block someone, we don't notify them.

To block someone, click at the top right of any Facebook page, click "How do I stop someone from bothering me?," enter the name or email address of the person you want to block and click "Block."

How to Report Content that May Violate Our Policies

If you want to report something that goes against our Community Standards, like nudity, hate speech or violence, go to the content you want to report and use the Find Support or Report link to report it to us. The best way to report abusive content or spam on Facebook is by using the Report link near the content itself.

If you want to report something that goes against our Community Standards but you don't have an account or can't see the content (for example, someone blocked you), you can ask a friend to help you. We don't include any information about the person who filed the report when we reach out to the person who posted the reported content.

Remember that you should contact local law enforcement if you ever feel threatened by something you see on Facebook.

If you've reported something for not following our Community Standards, you may have the option to check the status of your report from your Support Inbox. With the Support Inbox, you can:
  • Click on any report to learn more about our policies
  • See when we take action on your report and the decision we make.
  • Request review of our decision.
Define your circle

  • Snooze: Snoozing a person, Page or group prevents you from seeing their posts in your News Feed for 30 days. The person, Page or group you've snoozed won't know that they've been snoozed.
  • Follow: When you follow someone, you can see their posts in your News Feed. You automatically follow people you’re friends with. You can also follow the posts of public figures (ex: journalists, celebrities, political figures) even if you’re not friends.
  • Unfollow: When you unfollow someone, you won't see their posts in your News Feed, but you'll still be friends with them. To unfollow a person, Page or group directly, hover over "Following" (on a profile) or click "Following" (on a Page or in a group) near their cover photo and select "Unfollow."
Take a break from someone on Facebook

You can take a break from someone on Facebook when you change your relationship status to single, divorced or leave it blank. You can also take a break from anyone you're friends with on Facebook.

When you take a break, you'll be able to:
  • See less of someone: Limit where you see someone on Facebook. If you choose to see them less, their posts and posts they're tagged in won't appear in your News Feed and you won't be prompted to message them or tag them in photos. To see their posts again, you can follow them.
  • Limit someone's ability to see your posts and posts you're tagged in: Hide your posts from the person you want to take a break from. They'll be added to your Restricted List and will only see posts you tag them in or share publicly.
  • Edit who can see past posts: Limit who can see posts including photos, status updates, videos and more. You can limit posts you're tagged in or that you've tagged someone else in by changing your privacy settings.
    These posts can only be seen by the people that are tagged in them. These posts won't appear on your timeline anymore but will still appear on other peoples' timelines and search results unless the person who originally posted removes the content. You'll also be removed as a contributor from any shared albums with the person you want to take a break from.
Customize your notifications

You can adjust what Facebook activity you’re notified about and how you’re notified. For additional details, visit fb.me/Notifications

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