Facebook makes your friends list public by default. That means everyone can see it, even if they are not your friend.
You can change that with just a few clicks. The easiest way is you to go to your profile page to edit the visibility of your friends list. Clicking your name at the top right of your Facebook home page always takes you to your profile page, then click the "Edit Profile" button at top right.
You should reach the page shown in the screen grab above. Follow the following three steps (each is marked in red above) to change the visibility of our friends list.
- Click "Friends and Family" in the left sidebar (1) and a new menu will appear on the right, in the main body of the page.The "Friends" option in the middle of the page refers to your list of friends on Facebook.
- Click the down arrow next to the globe at left: You control who can see your friends list by clicking on the audience selector drop-down menu (2), which by default is set to the globe icon for "Public."
- Change the default. When you click the small down arrow, a longer list of options will appear (3). It includes "Friends," "Only Me," "Custom" and any additional networks or groups you've joined below that.It's a good idea to change the default setting for who can see your list of Facebook pals to "Friends," so only people you've friended on Facebook will have access to this list.
Next, let's look at how to control who sees your Facebook profile (read this article if you're confused about the difference between your profile, home page, Wall and news feed.)
You should always stop and think about whether your profile and Timeline/Wall reveal too much information about you.