Adjust Your Facebook Settings to Reduce Spam Friend Requests

There seems to be an increased amount of spam activity happening on Facebook lately, and you may have noticed an increase in the amount of bogus friend requests you've received. As a general rule, if you don't know the person in real life, they shouldn't be a Facebook friend. There is a way to at least reduce the amount of requests by making an adjustment in Facebook's settings.

Why do I have to use my real name on Facebook?

Jack from Anaheim, CA

Episode 1220

Jack is a teacher and he uses Facebook to keep an eye on his at-risk students in case they post suicidal thoughts online. Now Facebook is questioning whether he is a real person or not. Leo says Facebook's new policy requires users to use the same name as is on their ID. This is to prevent bogus accounts from being created, or from identities being stolen. It's likely someone complained to Facebook that Jack wasn't using his right name, even though there's a very good reason not to. Jack could Google student names and then look at their Facebook page without logging in, though.

How can You prevent spammers from friending you on Facebook

Episode 1219

There's a new friend scam going on Facebook where phantom accounts try to get you to add them. Kim Schaffer had that issue last night and went to her settings and changed it to friend of friends only. Leo says that it's a spam scam, but he isn't really sure what there is to gain by it. Another new scam is called Facebook Kidnapping where other people will copy all your images and create another account. Leo recommends being very picky about friending people. Keep your privacy settings limited and only friend people you know or are recommended by others.

How can I keep contacts from being added to my phone?

Rock On from Riverside, CA

Episode 1211

Rock On recently had a contact mysteriously show up in her contacts list on her new Android phone. Leo suspects that it's through Google Contacts. If she deletes them from Google contacts, it'll be synced and deleted from her phone as well. It could also be Facebook that's populating her contacts as well. Once that's deleted, it shouldn't come back. She also may want to check with her carrier to see if they're syncing her contacts as well.

How can I create a social media site for photography?

Episode 1204

Anne from Redmond, OR
Zoom Zoom Zoom

Anne created an app called ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM, a camera app for Android that zooms in various pictures automatically. It can be preset or the user can just manually do it. She wants to create a website that users of the app can upload and showcase their images, like Instagram. Can SquareSpace do that? Leo says that's probably outside of SquareSpace. In fact, it's just as complicated, if not more so, than creating the app itself. Having a community is a challenge, much like gardening and weeds. She'll have to moderate it full time.

How can I download all my photos from Facebook?

Bill from San Bernadino, CA

Episode 1175

Bill's daughter is on Facebook and has a ton of pictures stored there. How can she back them up? Leo says that she can upload every picture she takes to a private album in facebook. Then she can download them. They'll be pretty compressed, however. Google Chrome has an extension called Download DB Album mod, which will "scrape" her Facebook feed and download them all.

Why can't I change the font in Facebook?

Shane from Defiance, OH

Episode 1166

Shane is frustrated because he can't change the font on Facebook in his phone. Leo says that's just how Facebook is. An app doesn't have to honor the accessibility settings of the phone, and Facebook has forgotten that a large segment of the population needs a larger font. But fortunately, the accessibility settings allow him to at least magnify the screen. Facebook also has an alternative app called Paper that may have better settings.

Why can't I log into Facebook with my iPad?

Episode 1165

Patricia from Escondido, CA

Patricia's iPad has a ton of pictures on it and now she can't do anything with it. She's gotten rid of half the pictures and she can do a bit more than before. Leo says that Patricia should take advantage of iCloud and if necessary, buy more storage. She's gotten rid of most of her apps as well. She reinstalled Facebook and now she can't sign on. She gets error messages, which Leo says are useless because they are notes for programmers, not users.

Where can I put my iPhone photos to free up space?

Episode 1158

Jessie from Long Beach, CA
Apple iPhone 6

Jessie's wife is complaining that her iPhone is running out of space. Leo says that's because of all the pictures and videos she has on that 16 GB phone. Jessie says that her previous iPhone was able to store more photos and videos than her new one. Leo says it's because the camera in the new iPhone has a larger sensor and saves larger files. There's also less space thanks to iOS 8.