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How To Make Yourself Anonymous on Facebook

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With 1.23 billion monthly users, all your friends, relatives and their dogs are on Facebook. While some people may welcome the attention of a thousand prying eyes, others may want to keep a somewhat lower profile and their hide their true identities.

By adjusting your privacy settings, you can not only reduce the number and type of people that can view you profile, but also prevent many of the spam invites and intrusive notifications that negatively impact Facebook's user experience. Here's how to be anonymous on Facebook.

1. Log in to Facebook.


2. Open the settings menu from the drop down in the top right. 


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3. Use the edit tab to change your name. From here you can also change your associated email, and vanity URL.

4. Hover over the cover photo in your profile to change or remove it. Why bother changing your name if people can still see your face?

5. Go back to settings and select the privacy tab on the left. This area is very important for changing who can see your posts, send you friend requests and how other search engines list your profile.

6. Change "Who can see my stuff" to "Only Me" and "Who can contact me" to "Friends of Friends."

7. Select Timeline and Tagging from the menu on the left.This will prevent others from tagging you in pictures and events, so your boss can't see what happened during last weekend's big party.

8. Change "Who can post on your timeline"  and "Who can see posts you've been tagged in on your timeline" to "Only Me."

9. Select the Blocking tab .

10. Enter the names of specific users you wish to block. This will help prevent any sort of cyber-stalking by restricting or entirely blocking specific people from viewing your profile. This is also helpful for shutting down the friend who constantly spams you with app invites.

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    LePhuronn , July 21, 2014 3:57 PM
    And thereby totally removing the point of engaging in Social Networking. Plus, the second you post something you'll give the game away to those on your friends list who actually know you, triggering all the questions of "[name] why did you change your name?" Plus, the only people who'd want to be anonymous on Facebook are haters, trolls and stalkers.

    How about set up privacy settings that restrict total strangers from viewing and just be done with it? Or how about don't post anything ridiculous to start with?
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    rutherfordsc , July 21, 2014 4:53 PM
    The reason for the post is exactly for people who may never post anything, but may still want a Facebook account to privately message friends or just keep track of what others are doing.

    If you don't want to be fully anonymous its quite simple to skip the name and photo changes and dial back a few settings. Hopefully by showing people how to go the most extreme, they can decide for themselves what they want their settings to be, since all the relevant settings are now easy to find.
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    das_stig , July 22, 2014 3:34 AM
    1. Do not sign up

    2. If you did, delete you account and keep an eye open for FB holding any data.
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    daglesj , July 22, 2014 5:37 AM
    Indeed, just dump it. Real friends don't need Facebook.
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