Prevent Facebook Strangers From Contacting You

Facebook has close to a billion users. If you don’t want to be contacted or friend requested by those you don’t know, here’s how you can take a pro-active approach to your privacy.

Have you ever received unsolicited messages from someone you don’t know on Facebook? What about friend requests? If so, then you know how annoying they can be. But you don’t have to put up with them, Facebook has a privacy setting that will block unwanted strangers, creepers, and stalkers for good.

Login to your Facebook account and at the top-right of the page click the down arrow to Privacy Settings.

facebook privacy settings

 On the settings page next to How You Connect click the Edit Settings link.

How you connect on facebook

A pop-up appears with three different settings to adjust. If you don’t want anyone to find you uninvited, then check the Friends option for each drop-down box. You can customize these settings to suit your preferences, but remember that Friends of Friends is essentially the same as Anyone if any one of your friends has a large amount of contacts.

stranger contact settings on facebook

Now if you put all of the settings at Friends you won’t receive anymore unsolicited messages or invites, and it will help minimize stalkers.



  1. Amy

    May 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    What on earth good is Facebook to me if I can’t use it to stalk people? Discreetly of course.

    • Steve Krause

      May 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      LOL nice Amy. I thought that was you!

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