How to browse Facebook without being seen

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Pau Monfort
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Facebook has over 2,45 billion monthly active users. The average time spent on Facebook is 20 minutes and every minute 510.000 comments are posted, 293.000 statuses updated and 136.000 photos uploaded.

While for a couple of years Facebook has been offering money to some of its members, aged between 13 and 35, in exchange for installing software on their smartphones that allows them to keep track of all their activities: from the exchange of messages to the type of applications they use: all with a VPN that does not guarantee anonymity.



However, the right to privacy in social media is protected and guaranteed, in compliance with specific regulatory standards.

Among the good intentions of Facebook there is also that of enhancing user control over privacy with the new Off-Facebook Activity function, which allows you to limit the information shared with third-party sites and apps.

While waiting for the news, what we are interested in facing today is:

  • how to connect to Facebook without being seen,
  • browse online without leaving a trace on your computer.

Log into Facebook without being seen

We will see how to navigate on Facebook by deactivating the social network chat (Messenger) and hiding the activities of games and apps that can report online activities.

From smartphones and tablets

You can disable the messaging chat activity status directly from the Messenger app, available on Android and iOS / iPadOS.

  • Launch the Messenger app,
  • tap on the profile, top left,
  • select the item Activity status,
  • move the lever next to the word Show when you are active to OFF,
  • confirm by pressing on Disable.

On the Facebook app, available on Android and iOS / iPadOS.



To get the same result:

  • press the ☰ icon,
  • select the Settings> Activity status items from the next screen,
  • move the lever next to the word Show when you are active to OFF,
  • confirm by pressing the Disable button.

From PC

With the Web version of Facebook for PC you can disable the Messenger chat activity status using the tools that are in the right sidebar:

  • click on the icon (...) next to the Contacts section,
  • press on the item Disable the activity status.

At this point, in the displayed screen, you can choose three options:

  • disable status for all contacts,
  • exclude someone from the filter,
  • disable it only for some specific contacts,
  • Press the OK button.

Using Messenger with the web portal:

  • click on the icon (...), at the top,
  • select the items Preferences> Deactivate the activity state,
  • choose one of the three options seen previously.

How to join Facebook without being seen

If we want to sign up for Facebook without letting anyone know about it, we have two choices:

  • create a new "fake" account, away from our real identity,
  • set the privacy so that they are not easily found.

From smartphones and tablets

Let's consider the first case, creating a new account:

  • start the Facebook app,
  • select the icon ☰,
  • press on Exit, to disconnect from the account currently in use.

Continue:


  • by pressing the Create a new Facebook account button or log in with another profile in our possession, selecting the wording Log in to another account.

With this procedure, having more than one account:

  • all currently connected profiles will be shown,
  • choose one,
  • start using it.

If we want to be found with difficulty, we need to go to the privacy settings:


  • start the Facebook app,
  • press the ☰ icon at the top,
  • select the items Settings> Privacy settings from the next menu,
  • scroll the screen,
  • act on voices:
  1. Who can search for you using the email address you provided,
  2. Who can look for you using the phone number you provided,
  3. You want search engines outside Facebook to redirect to your profile.

In this way we could not be tracked either by search engines (such as Google, Bing or Yahoo), or with our e-mail address, used during registration, or with the telephone number associated with our account.

From PC

These same procedures can be performed from a PC, via the web version of Facebook.

To create a new account:

  • log into Facebook from your browser.
  • press the icon ▼ located at the top right,
  • click on the item Exit from new menu,
  • select the item Create new account, to create a new one, or
  • click on the Add account icon,
  • enter the login details of the other account.

Whenever we log out of Facebook with this procedure, we will be able to access one of the listed accounts by clicking on its thumbnail.


To set privacy not to be found:

  • access the main page of our profile,
  • press the icon ▼ at the top right,
  • from the new menu select the items Settings and privacy> Settings> Privacy.

The three words reappear:

  1. Who can search for you using the email address you provided,
  2. Who can look for you using the phone number you provided,
  3. You want search engines outside of Facebook.

To narrow your search by email / phone address or on search engines.


How to stay on Facebook without being seen

Now let's see how to limit the visibility of the posts on our wall and reduce the use of third-party services.

From smartphones and tablets

Through the Facebook app, you can reduce the privacy settings on:

  1. what we publish,
  2. what our friends can post on our profile,
  3. the use of third-party services combined with our profile.

To prevent other users from learning about the services associated with Facebook:

  • start the Facebook app,
  • press the icon ☰ located at the top,
  • select the items Settings> Apps and websites> Logged in with Facebook.

In the list that is shown:

  • click on the Edit button next to the name of the service present,
  • check that App visibility is set to Only me.

You can also limit the privacy on the posts we publish and on those that our friends leave, like this:

  • in the Facebook app, press the ☰ icon,
  • select the items Settings> Privacy settings,
  • choose one of the three options:
  1. Who can see your future posts,
  2. Limit who can see old posts,
  3. Who can see the people, Pages and lists you follow.

From Facebook settings:

  • select the item Profile and add tags,
  • work on the settings that we find in this section, so as to limit both who can publish posts on our wall and who can see or act on them.

From PC

You can also use the Web to limit your privacy settings:

  • go to the Facebook website,
  • press the icon ▼ located at the top right,
  • select the items Settings and privacy> Settings> Apps and websites,
  • click on View and edit.

From the drop-down menu next to: Who can see you use this app,

  • make sure it's set to Just me,
  • perform this action for each service, so as to hide our use of that service associated with our Facebook account.

For other privacy settings, from the Facebook Settings panel:

  • select the Profile item and add tags in the side menu,
  • check the various words that are shown and reduce the activity of other users, on our profile, and the way in which they can interact.

In the Privacy section of the side menu:

  • act on the items in the Your activities section, to limit who can see the posts we publish and the pages or lists we follow.

How to see history on Facebook without being seen

There are currently no methods to view a Story without being seen, to do so the only way remains to create a second account, in the event, however, in which the privacy settings of the user who published the Story allow us to see it. the content.

Instead, you can hide our Stories from certain friends or certain categories.

That's how.

From smartphones and tablets

  • Launch the Facebook app,
  • press the ☰ icon at the top,
  • select the items Settings> Privacy of the story,
  • choose from the options:
  1. All,
  2. Friends,
  3. Personalized.

With the Friends option, you can decide to hide the Stories from specific acquaintances, by selecting the item Hide the story to. By choosing the Custom item, the Stories will be shown only to the users selected by us.

From PC

To limit the privacy of Stories from the web version of Facebook:

  • reach the,
  • press the Create a story button at the top
  • click on the ⚙ icon next to Your Story.

In the box that is shown:

  1. choose one of the options:
  2. All,
  3. Friends,
  4. Personalized.
  5. Carry out the same operations seen for smartphones and tablets.
  6. Press the Save button to confirm.

How to comment on Facebook without being seen

All Facebook activity, such as likes or comments, can be seen in the News section by friends and followers. It is not possible to disable this feature, let alone limit it.

It is therefore necessary to pay attention and carefully evaluate the comments and likes that we post, especially if this can be relevant to our privacy.

How to browse Facebook without being seen

Here's how to browse Facebook without leaving traces on your PC, using the incognito browsing mode of Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari and avoiding the social network address from appearing in the history of recently visited sites:

  • With Google Chrome, you can activate the hidden browsing mode by clicking on the ⋮ icon at the top and selecting the New incognito window from the new menu.
  • With Firefox, click on the ☰ button at the top right and select the item New anonymous window from the menu that opens.
  • With Microsoft Edge you can browse in private mode by clicking on the button (…) at the top right and selecting the item New InPrivate window.
  • With Mac and Safari, start private browsing by selecting the New private window item from the File menu located at the top left.

After browsing on Facebook and after closing the browser, no trace will remain on the computer memory: history, cookies, cache files, etc. they will all be deleted.

Only the downloaded files will be kept, such as the photos posted by some friends, to delete these also go to the download folder and delete them "manually".

To delete the previously made browsing traces on Facebook:

  • go to your browser settings,
  • clear the history, cache and cookies,
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