IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Facebook Privacy: A How-To Guide For Taking Back Control

By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2011-06-17 Print this article Print
Go to Account > Privacy Settings

Go to Account > Privacy Settings

Strangely enough, the recommended settings for privacy on Facebook are not very private at all. If you are interested in having some semblance of privacy on Facebook, go for custom to be able to tweak each setting individually.
Facebook regularly adds new features and turns them on without notifying users of the feature or giving them a chance to opt-out beforehand. Many of the features personalize the Facebook experience, taking personal information and providing localized information. Many privacy groups are up in arms about the latest new Facebook trick, the facial recognition technology that scans photos uploaded by the user and offers to auto-tag the friends. European Union data-protection regulators say they will investigate the photo-tagging feature to make sure it doesn't violate privacy rules. Massachusetts Rep. Edward J. Markey said Facebook ought to have made the technology "opt-in" for users. "If this new feature is as useful as Facebook claims, it should be able to stand on its own, without an automatic sign-up that changes users' privacy settings without their permission," Markey said. Facebook offers various controls "to turn the dials on privacy and security settings for maximum comfort and desirability, said Paul Laudanski, director of Cyber-Threat Analysis Center at antimalware technology producer ESET. The information below "steps through those dials to make it easier for users to have "pretty tight security and privacy, Laudanski said. Since not all users want the same level of security, Laudanski suggested using the following tips as a guide to find the balance they are comfortable with.

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