I’d like to thank my virus protections software (“Vipre”) for this information that I’ve copied from their e-newsletter. They always seem to include a lot of very useful information. I thought that the instructions on how to backup your Facebook profile was too good to not share.
There is a little known feature in Facebook that enables you to download and backup your entire profile. This is an important security precaution, should somehow your profile get corrupted, or any other mishap. It is a complete copy of all of the personal information you’ve shared on Facebook. It should be treated as a Val Doc (valuable document) and kept protected. Your profile copy includes your profile (timeline) information (for example your contact information, interests, groups), your wall and/or timeline posts and content that you and your friends have posted to your profile, photos and videos that you have uploaded to your account, your friend list, any notes you have created, events to which you have RSVP’d, your sent and received messages, plus any comments that you and your friends have made on your Wall (timeline) posts, photos and other profile content.
Like I said it is a very comprehensive reproduction of your Facebook life.
Having this information can be very valuable as it enables you to have your complete record so you know exactly what you have shared and can control it. Also if you have lost any photos, etc. after uploading to Facebook, you now have them all back!
Here is how you can download your information from Facebook. Go to your Account Settings page by clicking on the account menu at the top right of any Facebook page and select Account Settings, click on “Download a copy” of your Facebook data, then click the Download button on the following page. You will receive an email with the download information shortly after you do that.
Furthermore, Facebook has implemented some excellent security measures to prevent anyone else from downloading your data. You go through several authentication procedures to make sure that you are you. And you have to confirm your identity prior to completing the process.
One word of warning: Your file contains sensitive information and you should keep it protected by taking appropriate precautions when storing, sending or uploading it to any other services.
Now you can have a complete record of your Facebook profile and postings, just like that!