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secure facebook settingsThe recent spate of privacy flaws pertaining to Facebook has nudged even the biggest optimists into having second thoughts about what they are putting up on Facebook, and whether or not that data is safe from prying eyes. With close to 170 privacy settings, and a privacy document longer than the United States constitution, Facebook doesn’t make it any easier for you to control what other people can see about you.

Even if you aren’t paranoid about security, or if you don’t put up sensitive information on Facebook, you still need to consider the fact that your entire identity could be up for grabs on the Internet.

Scared yet? Don’t be. We at MUO always try and bring to you the easiest ways to do the most complicated of things.

If simply going to your privacy options of Facebook scares the living daylights out of you, we have here a couple of solutions that will have you breathing easy (well… at least till the next major privacy policy update from Mark Zuckerberg  & Co.) Each of these solutions is a nifty little bookmarklet that sits unobtrusively in your browser’s bookmark bar and lets you secure your Facebook settings in the easiest possible manner.

1. ReclaimPrivacy – Get A Control Of Your Facebook Privacy

This is the first bookmarklet out of the two that we are going to talk about. ReclaimPrivacy is more a risk assessment tool, rather than a solution. It’s an easy tool to secure your Facebook settings and privacy. However, it is very important to us, at it lets us check the status of our Facebook privacy settings very easily. In fact, all it takes is one tiny little click. Grab hold of the bookmarklet here. Once you are done with that, you can follow the steps below to go about determining the kind of exposure you have (or not) to external parties.

  1. Drag the bookmarklet to the bookmarks toolbar.
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  3. Go to Facebook, and login to your account.
  4. Once at your homepage, simply click once on the bookmarklet that you just dragged into your bar. This will scan your present privacy settings in show you a report, advising you about areas of concern.
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2. SaveFace – Get The Most Secure Facebook Settings

This second bookmarklet makes it very easy for you to set the most secure Facebook settings. It goes about setting your privacy settings to “Friends Only” for the following areas of your profile:

  • Contact Information
  • Search Settings
  • Friends, Tags and Connections
  • Personal Information and Posts

As before, head over to the SaveFace website and get the bookmarklet for yourself. The process remains the same (just drag the bookmarklet over to your toolbar.

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Once you are through with that simple step, do the following:

  1. Go to Facebook, and login to your account.
  2. Click once on the SaveFace bookmarklet to tighten the privacy noose so that only your friends have access to your data and other external sources are prevented from taking a peak.
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  4. Leave the script running for a while as it resets a ton of different settings to “Friends Only”. Considering the number of Facebook privacy settings there are, this will probably take some time. Once it is done, you will see the screen below. Click “Close Me” to return to Facebook.
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The Test

The final thing that you need to do is check whether your new settings work or not. You could do this in two ways. One is the tedious method of posting something, and then signing out viewing your profile as an anonymous user. The second, and far easier method is to simply run ReclaimPrivacy again.

As you can see in the screenshot below, all the previous loopholes have been plugged by our use of the SaveFace script. Note that a few of my settings show “Caution” because I changed a couple of settings back to earlier ones to suit my needs better.

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Those few steps have gone a long way in reassuring me of my privacy on Facebook. Have you tried changing your privacy settings?  Have you ever been victim of a Facebook privacy slip-up. Let us know your Facebook privacy experience in the comments below.

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    July 7, 2010 at 5:37 am


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    July 7, 2010 at 5:34 am