Facebook Privacy Settings

Hey kids,

Read the EFF’s Facebook privacy update and freak out a little? Me too. So I went through and started trying to lock down as much of my account as I could. Turns out that there’s a lot more to privacy settings that even the stuff listed under Privacy Settings. I dug around a bit and as far as I can tell, there are 5 places you need to go to make sure you have everything set right (not counting the stuff you can’t set at all like your profile pic and gender being public).

Places you need to go to check Facebook privacy settings:
1. Privacy Settings (5 links to subpages with many settings. Note: If you want your email private, you can still do this. Choose “customize” and then from there choose “only me”.)
2. Each of your Photo albums (you can get here via Privacy Settings)
3. Facebook Ads (it’s a tab under Account Settings. I didn’t know about this until I read this excellent article)
4. Every app individually (go to Application Settings. Note that Events (the calendar) and Notes are apps, so double check these. My Notes were set public, I didn’t expect this. Also make sure that you list all authorized apps, the default list only shows you the most recently used.)
5. Friends box in your profile (look for the little pencil icon and you can check or uncheck “show friends in my profile” — this is new after people freaked out and demanded the ability to turn mandatory public friends off)

Good luck.