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How To Stop Your Ex from Stalking You on Facebook

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bill-swift - February 15, 2012

Got a crazy ex? If you answered yes, then you are in the right place. Unless, you have a fantasy of being bothered at all hours of the day and night about those "innocent" pictures of you with a certain busty waitress from last nights happy hour, that is. Lets get your protected.

Step One - Unfriend Her

If your ex is on Facebook then you need to unfriend her. Open up your news feed and find a post by her. Click on her name. You will see a silver box with the word friend. A check will be next to it. Click on that box and then on the word "Unfriend" now, she can't see your feed, without going to a new level of psycho.

While you're at it, do the same for any of her friends whose requests you only accepted to be polite while you were together. Don't worry, I know what you're thinking and they won't be notified. If you're thinking about keeping the cute one, don't do it. Trust me, she's not on your side, no matter how sympathetic she may seem.

Step Two - Making Sure She Can't Get Into Your Account

Change your password. You shouldn't need any help to do that, but once that is done we are going to make sure your account is not already logged in from any of her computers, tablets or a smart phone. If you ever checked you status on one of her pieces of tech then you may still be logged in. To fix this click on the down arrow on the far right, then on "Account Settings". Choose the word "Privacy" from the menu on the left.

Here you will see a list of recognized devices. Click on "Edit" and scan through that list.

If you have an authorized iPad and you don't have an iPad (but your ex does) then you will want to click on "Remove" post haste. This will obliterate the chance that she is seeing (or using) your account on her own tech.

Step Three - Go Dark

Now, lets keep your posts dark to anyone not on your friends list. Click on the down arrow again, and then on "Privacy Settings". You should see the words "Control Your Default Privacy" on the screen that loads.Make sure you have the Friends option selected, instead of the Public one.

Now only your friends will see what you post, and since you un-friended her (you did unfriend her didn't you?) she won't be able to see your posts.

Step Four - Enlist the Bro Code 

Your friends can be your biggest asset, or your worst enemies. If you were together for any length of time she may be able to, through their comments and pictures, get an idea of what you are doing. To enlist the aid of the code, without seeming like a douche, all you're going to do is ask them to not tag you in any photos or posts for a few weeks.

There you go, bullet proof. 

Article by Kate Gatto

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