Have no fear. Taking control of your Facebook account is a fairly easy proposition.
Cut off unused apps: Even if you haven’t played Family Feud in over a year, the application continues to have access to your personal information until you disconnect it completely. Review the list of your approved applications by clicking on App Center on the left-hand side of your Newsfeed, then select My Apps at the bottom. You can delete using the X button that appears when you hover your cursor over one or modify how the application interacts with your Home Page by clicking on Settings under each listing.
Nix unhelpful notifications:
Trim down your friends list: Does that distant acquaintance you didn't even like in High School really need to know about your daily life? While it’s easy enough to hide their posts from your wall, sorting your friends into groups to limit who sees your posts can be a hassle, particularly if you've amassed a sizable “friends” list.
You've likely seen people post “I am cleaning up my Friends’ List. If you’re interested in sticking around, send me a message.” If you elect to try this, re-post the message regularly for a week or two. Even with this precaution, surely there are people important to you who may miss a message like this.
Another option is to review your friends list and delete people one at a time. For those with a swath of names to sort through, FacebookDeletes (http://userscripts.org/
Fix the annoying features: Anyone who still yearns for the old, pre-Timeline “classic view,” you’re in luck. Social Fixer (http://socialfixer.com/
Audit your privacy settings: From your Facebook main page, click on the arrow next to the Home button in the upper right-hand corner and choose Privacy Settings. The Default Privacy setting controls which posts others can see, provided you don’t add a custom modifier when you’re posting a picture, web link or status update. If you choose “Friends” for this setting, “Friends of Friends” will still be able to see posts their friends are tagged in. To limit that default setting, click on Custom and UN-tick “friends of those tagged.” Even if you default to Friends, you can customize the privacy setting a particular post. Also review each of the individual settings on Connecting and Tagging. Click on “learn more” if you’re unsure of what something means – Facebook Help Center is full of useful information.
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