Sending Private Messages and Adjusting Security Settings in Facebook

Advances FBIf you’re a regular Facebook user now, these things may seem like a walk in the park, but for you newbies out there, read on! This post will teach you how to:

  • Send private messages to other Facebook users
  • Find and adjust your security settings

While sending messages is just another communicative feature of Facebook, knowing where to find your security settings is absolutely necessary. You don’t want just anyone to have access to your private, personal life. Let’s start with messages:

How to check and send messages:

 This is another one of those “you can do this a bunch of different ways” features of Facebook. Here’s the easiest way:

  1. When you’re in your main news feed page, you’ll see two little chat bubbles beside your notifications settings. You will also see the word “chat” at the bottom of your window. Click on either one of those.

messages or chat

  1. To find the friend you would like to send your message to, start typing their name. A list of names will come up. Choose the right one.


  1. Once you send them a message, you can see when it’s delivered to them, when they’d read it, and when they’re typing back to you. Your conversation will be saved unless you manually delete it.
  2. If you’re not friends with someone on Facebook, and they try to send you a message, it may not come to your inbox. It may, instead, go to your “filtered” inbox. This is kind of like Facebook’s “spam” folder. It may also go to “message requests” based on your settings. You can find both of these in your messages window (click the chat bubbles and select “see all”).


  1. Download the Facebook Messenger app for your phone to easily access Facebook messages on the go.

How to find and adjust security settings: 

  1. When you’re in the home screen, in the top right corner, you’ll see two icons: a privacy shortcut icon and an arrow that opens a drop-down list. Either go to privacy shortcuts or select “settings” from the drop-down list.

Security Settings

  1. Here, you can adjust who sees your posts, pictures, and more. You can also determine who can and cannot contact you and select users that you wish to have “blocked” (they can’t look you up or see anything that you post on anyone else’s pictures, posts, or timeline).

more security


With Facebook, the possibilities are rather endless. Start test all of the different features, and you’ll be an expert! Don’t forget to come back for refreshers and new tips!


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