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Do You Want To Stay Hidden On Facebook? Read This.

Do You Want To Stay Hidden On Facebook? Read This.

Privacy isn’t a given anymore. As more and more of our lives get uploaded to the Internet, it becomes more and more important to take all the steps we can to maintain our privacy in any way we can.

Of particular concern is our level of privacy on the number one social network, Facebook. People are increasingly eager to become invisible on Facebook in wake of highly publicized hacks and scandals. So look no further for a guide to how to make yourself invisible on Facebook, or at least as close to it as you can get.

Settings

    To become invisible, first you need to get to your Facebook Settings. Once you’re signed in, just click on the upper right hand corner and press Settings, as demonstrated above. That will get you to your Settings menu, where you will be able to become invisible on Facebook.

    Privacy

      The ‘Privacy’ settings are, of course, an important page in regards to staying invisible on Facebook. Look at the image above to see everything you can edit. They are:

      1. Who can see your future posts?

      This is the big one. Edit this to choose who you share your posts with. You have the option for everyone to see your posts, for only friends to see your post, for only your family to see your posts, or even have your posts only accessible to you.

      2. Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline

      Worried an embarrassing picture of you or quote from you will reach your page for all to see? Stop friends from tagging here.

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      3. Limit the audience for old posts on your timeline?

      You have the option to restrict who can see your past updates, either entirely or on a post-by-post basis.

      4. Who can send you friend requests?

      Can anyone send you friend requests, or just friends of friends? You decide, but you would probably prefer the latter if you want to be invisible on Facebook.

      5. Whose messages do I want filtered into my Inbox?

      Don’t want to get messages from people you’re not friends with on Facebook? This is the setting you want to tinker with.

      6. Who can look you up using the email address you provided?

      Choose between friends, friends of friends and everyone.

      7. Who can look you up using the phone number you provided?

      The same goes here as for above.

      8. Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline?

      This one’s self-explanatory if you want to stay hidden!

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      Timeline

        Next go to the ‘Timeline and Tagging’ preferences.

        9. Who can post on your timeline?

        Choose from either you and friends or just you.

        10. Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline?

        This is a really effective way to stay invisible on Facebook.

        11. Who can see posts you’ve been tagged in on your timeline?

        Everyone, friends of friends, friends, only you or customize your settings? To be invisible on Facebook you’d probably tend towards the tail end of that list.

        12. Who can see what others post on your timeline?

        Same as above.

        13. Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook?

        You can choose whether or not people need your permission to add friends to the conversation in your post.

        14. When you’re tagged in a post, who do you want to add to the audience if they aren’t already in it?

        Friends, only you or custom.

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        15. Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?

        One of the creepier elements of the social network is how it will suggest friends tag you in photos that it thinks are of you. Select ‘No One’ to be more invisible on Facebook.

        Follower

          Now the ‘Followers’ setting.

          16. Who can follow me?

          If you let everyone follow you, you are doing almost the exact opposite of being invisible on Facebook. Make sure your friends are the only ones who can be your followers.

          Apps

            Next the ‘Apps’ setting.

            17. Apps, Websites and Plugins

            You can disable all third-party connections to Facebook, but this is a drastic measure to stay invisible on Facebook.

            18. Instant Personalization

            Do you want to see what your friends are doing, or do you prefer to respect their privacy? Choose here.

            19. Apps Others Use

            This determines what information others can share with you with their app use.

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            20. Old Versions of Facebook for Mobile

            Adjust Facebook privacy for people using old school apps.

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              Lastly, the ‘Ads’ section.

              21. Third Party Sites

              Facebook doesn’t give others the right to use your name or picture in ads, but that might not always be true. Make sure that your privacy is protected by selecting ‘No one.’

              22. Ads and Friends

              Want your friends to know you liked Target’s Facebook page? If not, disable social action here.

              That’s it! Hopefully it assists you with staying invisible on Facebook.

              Featured photo credit: mkhmarketing via flickr.com

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              11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

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              Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

              Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

              Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

              1. Lumosity

              This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

              Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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                2. Fit Brains Trainer

                This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

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                  3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

                  Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

                  First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                    4. Brain Fitness Pro

                    The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                    Buy for $3.99.

                    5. Happify

                    If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                    Free to use.

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                      6. Clockwork Brain

                      You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                      Free.

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                        7. ReliefLink

                        Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                          8. Eidetic

                          Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                            9. Braingle

                            Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                            Free.

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                              10. Not The Hole Story

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                                11. Personal Zen

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