Facebook’s New Privacy Shortcut Settings

Facebook’s New Privacy Shortcut Settings

 

Facebook’s New Search Engine. Graph Search. Good for business. Bad for Privacy!

 

Facebooks New Graph Search
Facebooks New Graph Search

With the soon to be released Facebook Graph Search just being announced, it is now imperative that you have the privacy level you want on Facebook. If you thought Timeline was a shock with how easy it was for people to scroll through and see back through your timeline posts, Graph Search is going to be worse.

Why?

Here’s an example: If someone is looking for a single girl on the Northern Beaches who goes to the Mona Hotel on Friday nights, and you fit the bill, as seen through your personal posts and public profile on Facebook…don’t be surprised if a talk dark creepy stranger, who happens to “like” the same movies, books and sports as you, tries to pick you up one Friday night at your favourite pub! If you have no privacy settings and are posting publicly then “Tall Dark and Creepy” can find you by simply typing, “Single woman northern beaches Mona Vale Hotel” in the the new Facebook Graph Search.

More Scammers and Spamers?

At the very least, having inadequate Facebook privacy settings will put you even more squarely within the clutches of marketers, advertisers and business’s wanting to sell you stuff… or rip you off. If you have your email address/mobile phone listed on your Facebook page also, be prepared for a LOT more email and SMS scams sent your way that will look so real that they will be hard to tell from the real thing. Scammers and spammers will use all your personal details found publicly on your profile, your name, location, age, phone number, friends, the name of where you are employed…the list goes on. This makes it so easy to address scam emails directly to you, that look like a referral from a friend. If they know what you “like” they can target the scam directly to your needs and preferences.

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Facebook’s New Privacy Settings Layout

Facebook have recently changed the look and location of their privacy settings. The privacy settings used to be in the same location all under privacy from one menu, but they have now split them all up. Facebook also now offer a “Privacy Shortcut” menu, that provides only the very basic privacy settings. If activated correctly these basic settings still allow for a lot of sharing of your data with 3rd party advertisers and others you don’t know. So rely on these only if you are in a hurry and don’t have time to go into the back settings of Facebook to set up more secure and advanced ones.

Facebook Privacy Shortcuts
Facebook Privacy Shortcuts

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For those interested in understanding the basic ones located in the “Privacy Shortcut” menu I’ve just created a step by step explanation of the settings and how they should be set up for best security. I will be doing an advanced Facebook Privacy setting video soon so keep an eye out for that!

 

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  • Great article, thank you. I was horrified when I first heard but the good thing is that a lot of novice internet users are now a lot more informed so hopefully it isn’t too much of an impact of people, certainly going to hide EVERYTHING about me that I can.

    • Thanks Emma for your comment, unfortunately the message about privacy on line is still a long way from being universally acknowledged. There are still a LOT of people who haven’t really had a bad experience yet, so see no need to filter anything that they put out there. Unfortunately I do hear about a lot of privacy violations and scams and hurt after the fact, and that’s when people start to take stuff down, shut down accounts or look for solutions. Education will prevent a lot of people getting hurt. There’s a lot of people in this world that are struggling and they see us rich comfortable internet users as easy pickings. If you don’t think about privacy online it’s like going to a country like Africa, or India and leaving your wallet hanging open by your side. best wishes Leonie

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