More Privacy Tips for Facebook Users

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We’ve been chatting recently about how users can modify their Facebook accounts to make them safer from online creeps. Our tips come from Consumers Reports’ newly unveiled survey on how people use social media and the dangers associated with overexposure on the web.

So let’s just cut to the chase and go over some ground we haven’t covered yet. When it comes to encouraging safer behavior on Facebook and other social media, there’s no time to lose. That’s why we keep blogging about it.

In the survey, users are encouraged to UnPublic their status updates. “If you haven’t ever changed the audience for your status updates, those you’ve already made will have had their audience set to Public. To protect sensitive information you may have posted, you could go through them one by one and selectively restrict the audience for each. But if there are many of them, it’s probably easier, and safer, to change the audience for them all at once to just Friends, and then expand the audience for only those updates that merit wider disclosure.”

Then there’s the issue of face recognition. As you may already know, Facebook has the ability to recognize your mug so it’s easier for your friends to tag you. And while it’s cool they can do that, in theory, not every account holder likes the feeling of being tracked by AI smart enough to identify them based on their facial features. Like the Terminator can.

Go to Privacy Settings and click on Edit Settings to reveal Timeline and Tagging. Facebook will delete the data it usually stores to help it with photo recognition. But first you’ve got to specify that no one is allowed to see tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded.

Another issue: unless you do something about it on Facebook, your friends can share personal information about you with the apps they use. One definitive way to deal with the situation is to turn off all apps. From Consumers Reports: “If you do this, you’ll block all apps your friends use from accessing information about you. But as Facebook’s Data Use Policy warns, you’ll also no longer be able to use any games, apps, or other sites through Facebook. “

Here’s how to do it in a nutshell:

Privacy Settings, Edit Settings to Ads, Apps and Websites. When you get to the Ads, Apps and Websites page go to Privacy Settings and turn off all apps.

But there’s another approach to achieve a similar result, according to the report. You can restrict the information you share with apps. “If you use this privacy control, you can decide which information you’re willing to share with apps your friends use and which to block. One advantage of this approach:  You won’t be restricted from running apps yourself.”

Once again: Privacy Settings, Edit Settings to Ads, Apps and Websites. When you see ‘How people bring your info to apps they use’, click Edit Settings.

This is the popup that appears. Adjust it as you wish, according to the choices available.

Users need to be reminded that they have more control over their Facebook data than they often realize. Protect yourself and members of your family by regularly adjusting Facebook privacy settings to minimize online exposure.

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