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3 simple ways to protect your privacy on Facebook

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From accusations that it has outed gay users to poor security that allowed apps to leak user information to advertising agencies Facebook has not had a good week. But in between these claims and accusations Facebook’s users have genuine concerns for their privacy.

So what can you do to be more secure on Facebook?

1 Set up login notifications
If you are concerned that your Facebook account has been hacked, or that someone might know your password you can protect yourself by enabling Facebook login email alerts. This simple feature emails you whenever you (or someone else) logs into your account.

After someone logs into your account Facebook will ask them to ‘register’ the machine they are using , after they register their machine you will receive an email from Facebook with information about when and from where the person logged in.

Facebook login notification screen
Facebook login notification screen

You can turn on the account alert by clicking here. Scroll down to Account Security and turn on the account login notification option.

2.Scan your privacy settings
One of the easiest and most powerful ways to protect yourself on Facebook is to use ReclaimPrivacy.org’s privacy scanner. Through the use of a small bookmarkelt that analyses your privacy settings the Reclaim Privacy tells you how to better secure your account. To use it all you have to do is to drag their bookmark text onto your browser’s bookmarks toolbar and go to your Facebook’s privacy settings page. Then click the bookmarklet and it will scan your privacy settings.

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Reclaim Privacy

3. Keep up to date with Facebook’s privacy advice.
Despiteclaims that Facebook is lacking in privacy credentials the social network actually does a lot to inform its users of the best ways to maintain their security. Facebooks’ Help section contains a great amount of information about how to remains secure on the site.

10 Comments

    1. @Sushi That is is a good point, especially when you consider that everything you put online is kept for anywhere between three to five years after you delete it

    2. @thesociable And when you consider that Facebook can take over a year to delete a picture. This is why I limit what I put over there to “this is how you can contact me elsewhere”.

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Piers Dillon Scott
Piers Dillon-Scott is co-editor of The Sociable and writes about stuff he finds. He likes technology, media, and using the Oxford comma (because it just makes sense).