How To Ensure Your Privacy On Facebook?


It is not uncommon to see wall posts of people you are not connected with on Facebook. The same thing can happen to you too. Your friend’s friend can see your wall posts – something you may be reluctant to do. So, how do you ensure your privacy on Facebook. Here is a smart and simple way to do this

If you are a normal Facebook user like me, you would be perplexed by the number of privacy controls that Facebook has. In fact, most of them are so complex that one skips adopting these privacy measures. If you know Facebook well enough, and have the patience to dig deep, you can control the flow of information and restrict it to your friends or friends of friends.

That said, Facebook's privacy policies are complex. Some industry analysts have even sarcastically claimed that with close to 50 settings and more than 150 options, Facebook's privacy policy is truly a challenging task to understand. Even if you understand one or two policies, you are bound to miss a few.

So, it came as a huge relief when a friend pointed out a nice website, called http://www.reclaimprivacy.org/. Instead of reading, implementing and interpreting hundreds of rules, the website gives us a clutter feel way to understand the areas where we can be vulnerable with respect to privacy on Facebook.

The tool is simple to use. Simply go to the website, www.reclaimprivacy.org. Take a few simple steps, and drag the bookmark onto your Firefox browser. Then, just log on to your Facebook account and click scan, using the 'Scan for Privacy' bookmark. You will be pleasantly surprised how wrong you have been about your Facebook settings.

The tool focuses on areas where Facebook can share information such as contacts, connections or photos with tags to the public. It also looks at what kind of applications are connected to your Facebook account. It then categorizes the areas from where information could be leaked. For example, for my Facebook account, it pointed out that my friends could accidentally share personal information. You can then proceed to change the insecure settings, as pointed out by the application.

All in all – a simple tool to know how public or private our information is.

Check it out, and let me know your feedback


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