1Turning Off the New Feature
2Facebooks Privacy Landing Page
3Turning Off Facebook Instant Personalization
Unclick the box that says, “Allow select partners to instantly personalize their features with my public information when I first arrive on their Websites.” That is now turned off. However, notice the part about how if your friends don’t uncheck this box some of your information you share may still go public to other Websites. That’s why you need to tell your friends to also do this. However, let’s stop some more of your private information from being shared to the wrong people inside and outside Facebook.
4Locking Down Your Privacy
Facebook has four privacy settings: Everyone, Friends of Friends, Friends-Only and Customize. In the order listed, this is from the least private to most private. Unless you want it shown to everyone, including people and places outside Facebook, you should crank down the privacy on everything to just your friends or special lists of people using Customize. Click on the Friends, Tags and Connections list from the privacy main page. (To use the menu, go to Account->Privacy Settings if you got lost and then click on the Friends, Tags and Connections link.)
5Removing Your Facebook Data from the Public Search Results
Now, go back to the privacy main page and click on Search. Uncheck the box for “Public Search Results.” If you want people to find you on Facebook, you can leave the Facebook Search Results set to everyone, though anyone you really want to talk to be a friend of a friend, and you can use that setting.
6How to Customize Privacy on Your Facebook Profile
Last, if you like to put up photos, but don’t want all your photos posted over the Internet or on other sites, you can change that as well. Go to the Privacy main page, Click on “Personal Information and Posts,” and then click on the Edit Settings button next to Photo Albums. Go through the list of photo albums you have and—the same way you did before—change the permission settings to just your Friends or the other choices that are listed there. Remember, it’s a crazy world out there. It’s best to be safe, especially if you have children on Facebook.