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How to Secure Your Facebook

Posted on: May 28, 2010

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As the website continues to explode and become readily available to more and more people. Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the Facebook staff needed to make a few simplifying security changes.

As the website reaches 400 million members, the idea of enforcing security on shared information seems a little overwhelming and well…down right impossible. The restrictions a website would have to inflict in order to protect the privacy that many users would surely be too complex and tedious.

Zuckerberg admitted on Wednesday that Facebook has made the privacy controls and options too complicated resulting in serious ramifications. Users have discovered that their personal information was actually given away to other parties by default. Other websites and even advertisers were privy to users’ private information.

Zuckerberg announced his intention to simplify privacy controls. In a conference call, he said the changes will include:

  • A condensed privacy setting page, so all privacy controls will be set up in an easy-to-ready chart on one page
  • A user’s customized privacy settings will apply even if there are future policy changes
  • Options to cancel “instant personalization” applications
  • Options to cancel sharing information with third-party apps

What About My Security Now?

In the meantime, here are a few tips to protect your information:

1. Check your settings

 Login to Facebook, and go to “Privacy Settings” under your “Account” tab. Then, click on the “Customize settings” button on the bottom, this will allow you to choose who can view your shared information, other’s shared information, and your contact information.

2. Preview your profile

In the top right hand corner, click on the “Preview My Profile” button to see how your profile will appear to other users you aren’t friends with, according to your settings.

3. Application settings

Click the “Account” tab, and go to “Application settings.” In the “Show:” option, set it to “Authorized.” Then, click Edit Settings for all your applications and review your settings.

4. Don’t publish private information

If any of your privacy settings are set to “Everyone,” be sure that whatever information you post there will be a broadcast to the world. Be cautious of what information you are sharing publicly and be cognizant of who can see it.

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