Using Facebook

 Is Facebook safe?

With reports of internet safety failings in general and bad press about Facebook in particular it seems reasonable to be suspicious.      Click icon for a brief review.     See also:  Facebook tips

Have you discovered the option of using two-factor authentication to log in to your account?      Facebook can send a one-time confirmation code to your mobile phone.

How private can it be?

If you do not want to make friends on Facebook it is possible to be pretty private.

  • Users  do not have to give their real name.       It is OK to make one up.
  • They  do not have to give their real date of birth and it can be changed.
  • It is possible to use Facebook without answering most of their questions.      You may see a box on the screen urging you to “complete your profile”.      It is OK to ignore it.
  • Users can also join Facebook without displaying any photos.

Doing as described above should be enough to enable browsing public Facebook pages freely, e.g. GAIN Facebook page.       Many Facebook users post pictures about their family what they have been doing but some hardly post anything at all – which does a lot to protect their privacy.

If a user wants to join a group it would be good post something to help fit in.      For example with the GAIN support group something from the GAIN Facebook page would be an idea.

GAIN events

Simply click on the Facebook icons on this website’s home page to view Facebook posts for specific GAIN events.       No need to register or log in unless you want to do more than have a look at that event post.

Privacy Settings

Some people are particularly keen to protect their privacy and stop people bothering them.     They may feel need to pay quite a bit of attention to Facebook privacy settings.      Click icon to see how to tell Facebook who should be able to see your future posts.

Here are a couple of guides to privacy on Facebook that might be worth a look:  Tips        Detailed guide

Safe social networking

People on the Autistic Spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome, tend to have restricted social lives.      It goes with the territory.      Facebook may offer opportunities for the  high functioning  to develop their social lives and skills, though.      Click icon to find out about seeking the possible benefits safely.



It might be worth having a look at the video settings on Facebook.       Switching auto-play off might make your browsing experience more tranquil and reduce broadband usage.

On the Settings page, it is the last option in the left margin.       Click thumbnail for quick how to guide.       See also  detail for more information.

Mark Zuckerberg

As a matter of interest, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook,  is said to have a touch of Asperger’s.      See article

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