1. Check out what’s coming.
On August 23, Facebook announced big changes are coming to the site’s privacy settings over the next week. We’ve identified the following changes. Even more changes are hinted at in the accompanying videos.
If you think that list is long, check out Facebook’s Dig Into the Details chart to get a sense of how much these changes will affect your Facebook experience . Yep. Much is changing.
Some say that these changes are a response to Google+. However Larry Magid, who works with Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board, says these changes have been in the works for months.
2. Make sure you are comfortable with your current settings.
It’s always a good time to check your Facebook privacy settings. The settings you have now will be converted into the new settings. You shouldn’t end up being shocked by what you’re sharing, unless you’re not aware of what you share now. Keep in mind that ‘Friends only’ will still exist in the new settings. Assuming you know your friends—which Facebook does, as stated in its recent Guide to Security (PDF)—“Friends Only” should be a safe route for most of what you share on Facebook.
3. Be ready to opt-in into Profile Review
For F-Secure Labs Security Advisor Sean Sullivan, the most promising new privacy feature is Profile Review. This feature allows you to approve of every photo or post that includes a tag of you before it appears on your profile. As you probably know, Facebook tends to opt you into any new feature, except if it prevents your from sharing. Hopefully as the changes go live, you’ll be asked to opt in to Profile Review.
If not, you’ll have to go to your Privacy Settings> Manage How Tags Work and click on “Change Settings”> Next to Profile Review click “Edit” > Click Turn On Profile Review. Note: This will not be available to you until all the changes have been completely rolled out to you.
We’re still investigating these changes and looking forward to bringing you more insight on the evolving Facebook privacy situation in the near future
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