How To Restrict who can view your Instagram and Facebook stories

How To Restrict who can view your Instagram and Facebook stories

With more privacy concerns growing on Instagram and Facebook, many people are looking for ways to protect their information while still using the platforms. Fortunately there are many great features that Facebook and Instagram have to protect your information and make your experience more private. This experience also slips into the Stories feature. But how exactly can you make your stories private? When the feature first came out on Instagram, anyone that was following you could get access to it right?

That’s true, but a lot has changed since the launch of Stories and increased privacy was one of those things. And since Instagram is owned by Facebook, those privacy features spill into Facebook too. Here is how you can make your stories more private.

Privacy For Instagram Stories

One big perk that Instagram has with hiding stories is that if you elect to hide stories from a particular person, that story and any future stories you make will be hidden from that person. This is convenient as it saves you the trouble of hiding stories from particular people all over again.

To hide stories from someone follow these steps:

  1. Go to your profile and tap on the triple bars.
  2. Select Settings followed by Privacy and Security followed by Story Controls.
  3. Click on Hide Story From and select the individuals you’d like to hide your story from and select Done (iOS) or the checkmark (Android). You can unhide people from stories by selecting the check next to their name from this menu.

That being said, there is another way to hide your stories from others. With recent updates, you now have access to information on who has seen your story. By looking at this information you can press on the triple dots (…) on the right of the users name and you can select Hide Story From.

The other thing to keep in mind with this is that hiding a story from someone doesn’t mean you are blocking them. Even if you hide stories from particular people, they still are able to see your posts and profile.

What’s also important to know with Instagram is the nature of your account can serve as a way of hiding posts from people. If your account is set to private, the followers that are approved by you are the only ones who can see your story. If your account is public, every single person can get access to your stories via your profile, their feed if they’re following you, or through Direct messages.

Privacy For Facebook Stories

Facebook has a more robust privacy system in that you can restrict specific people or groups with a few clicks, provided that in some cases you’ve created friend lists. Instagrams methods are more manual and thus more time consuming if you are trying to restrict access to many people.

For Facebook you are able to change the story privacy in general like a Facebook post or you can hide stories from specific people.

For story privacy settings follow these steps:

  1. Create your story like you would with any other story and select Next.
  2. At the bottom of Your Story, you are given an option to select your audience. You can restrict individuals en mass by selecting one of these options:
    • Public: Friends, followers, and those you’ve chatted with through Messenger can see your story. Only friends can reply.
    • Friends and connections: Only friends and connections on Messenger can see your stories.

Friend: Only friends can see your stories. Those who follow you will not.

Custom: Select specific people (or groups) who can see your stories.
  3. Tap Change.

To hide stories from specific people do the following:

  1. Open Facebook app
  2. Create your story as usual.
  3. Click on Privacy on the bottom left and select Who can see your story? And choose between Friends and connections or Friends
  4. Tap Hide Story From and select the people in that selected category who you want to hide stories from. Select Done after that.

The only thing to note about the second method is that it doesn’t remove these individuals from seeing future stories. You’ll need to place people in your Restricted list to ensure they don’t see future stories. However, if you change the privacy settings of your stories (first method) those settings will apply for future stories without you manually inputting them every time.

6 Safety Facebook Tips To Protect Your Personal Information

6 Safety Facebook Tips To Protect Your Personal Information

Despite Facebook facing a heavy fine of $5 billion from the FTC over privacy issues, many users still use the platform. It’s a place where all of our friends and family are after all. So how can we visit Facebook while keeping our personal data secure? Well, your data can be safer when you follow these cybersecurity tips.

Facebook privacy

My first tip is to have a strong password. It’s an obvious one, but it’s still an issue today. For example, some of last year’s popular passwords consist of passwords like “qwerty”, “111111”, “12345”, and of course “password”. These are easy to get into and that’s the last thing you want. So do yourself a favour and make stronger passwords. One apps that can help you is LastPass. It’s free to use and can generate and store passwords for you so you don’t have to remember them. Those passwords are also locked by a master password which you’ll create and can only be accessed on your personal devices.

On the note of passwords, make sure your mobile gets a similar treatment. We use our smartphones a lot these days so if you ever lose it or your phone gets stolen, it’s harder for people to break into it if there is a passcode lock on it.

Another good tip in restriction is limiting who can see your posts. In the upper right-hand corner of every post you create, you can select who can see this post. It’s a general restriction, however you can restrict the view further by placing friends in friend lists.

If you want to feel more secure, another option is limit how many friends you add on Facebook. Make a personal rule to only add people you’ve met before or have chatted with will narrow who you accept as a Facebook friend. This will protect you from potentially accepting people who could wish you harm or also view your confidential posts (such as when you’re away from your home on vacation and no one is there…).

The tip above also applies to apps too. There are thousands of them and some of them were malicious in the past. Some users had their accounts hijacked or they were spamming other users. There are safety protocols put in place now, however it is worth looking over the apps and see what it is you are giving them access to before downloading.

The last tip is one that not many people have considered before and that’s backing up personal data. From the first day you created your Facebook account, you can grab that information. To access that information, click on “Account Settings” and look for “Download a Copy of your Facebook Data.” Why do this? Should anything happen to your account, you have better odds of recovering your account with this data.

These are some simple tips, but these are things that many overlook in their personal safety. So take these measures and you’ll feel safer while on Facebook.

Different free web tools to edit and manipulate images

Different free web tools to edit and manipulate images

As transcribed from my video

“Have you ever had any photos or images that you need to manipulate really quick, and you just want to use some quick free tools to do it? There are some great websites that you can use.

Image resize manipulation text tools

One of them is – BG meaning background. Unbelievable website where you take a photo such as a headshot, you upload it to the website, and a few seconds later it’s removed the entire background. And it even turns it into a transparent png for you.

Another great website is With this website tool you can rotate photos, flip photos, resize them, and save them as a different version. You’ve got JPGs, GIFs, PNGs, BMPs. You can even apply special effects. And the special effects are like, you can blur it, you can do grayscale it, you can make it look like it’s scorched.

Another couple quick websites that you can use as part of your toolkit is and where you can create an instant logo or heading for your website by typing in some text, change the look, and add many special effects to the fonts that are available.

These are some tools that you can use as part of your toolkit if you ever need to do some quick photo or image manipulation, and they’re free.”

Quick way to send large files for free

Quick way to send large files for free

As transcribed from my video

“Frequently I need to send out large files to people. What many don’t realize is most email servers have issues with file attachments above 10 megabytes. Here is something for you to consider.

All of the different networks have their own flavor that you can use. You’ve got Dropbox, OneDrive by Microsoft, Google Drive, and Apple iCloud

Large File Sharing wetransfer

There’s another website that you should be aware of, and it’s called It’s great because you don’t have to register for it, you don’t need an account, all you do is you put in an email address of where you want to send the large files and then you just upload the files.

You can upload as many as you want, up to 2GB (gigabytes) total limit. But you can do it multiple times if you have many files that you want to send. You have the ability to either send the large files with the link to somebody by email so they can click on it and download it, or you could have the ability to display that link to yourself and then you email that off to perhaps a group of people.

They also have a subscription version where you can send up to 20GB at once and also store files, even password protect them and set when they expire. Thsi is a great website that you should check out if you need to send large files.”