Wednesday, December 22, 2010

3 Privacy Settings at Facebook you should take notice of

Very good article discussing the ever complicated issue of FaceBook security. Take a minute and check your setting as you might be surprised with what you find.

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Back in September we reported that Facebook had, at the behest of the Canadian government, implemented a host of new privacy options. However implementing these features meant changing users privacy settings, and while Facebook took lengths to make sure that users were prompted with a message about the new privacy settings and given immediate options for securing their profile, the pop up left many people with a false feeling that they had secured their Facebook profile from prying eyes.

In fact, the update left many things open and accessible to the public, things that you need to secure.

One of the first things that happened after the Facebook switch over was that everyone's albums became public, including profile pictures.

1. Reset your Album Permissions

To correct this, click profile and then at the bottom of the page click "Album Privacy". Now you have to set each album manually to be viewable by everyone, groups of friends, friends of friends, or custom settings that will allow you to do such things as make photos only available to specific people.

If you have photos from parties, photos of yourself drunk, or any other embarrassing pictures you will want to set those to private, friends, or custom.

2. Set what your friends can share about you

One of the more insidious Facebook privacy loopholes was that if a friend had an application installed, that application could mine information from your profile without you knowing—even if you had locked that information away. This persists, but you can limit it by changing your settings under privacy settings>Application and Websites>What your friends can share about you. You can't keep them from sharing publicly available information, but you can limit a lot.

By default a strange selection is on. It doesn't share innocuous information like religious and political views, but it shares your pictures, personal info, notes, status updates.


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