PostPoints tip: Revised Facebook privacy recommendations
Last week's launch of new privacy-settings pages at Facebook means it's time to take yet another look at your exposure on the social network (unless you don't have an account there, in which case I suppose you can point and laugh at the rest of us). The new interface--if you don't see it yet, you should soon--condenses dozens of options into four broad categories of "Sharing on Facebook": "Friends Only," "Friends of Friends," "Everyone" and "Recommended." I suggest choosing "Only Friends," then clicking the "Customize settings" link to see if you want to make any one category of data more public. Then check your "Basic Directory Information" settings; on that page, only leave things visible to "Everyone" that would be essential for a long-lost friend to locate you and save such details as "my interests and other Pages" for "Friends Only." Finally, return to the main privacy page and edit your settings for "Applications and Websites"; here, I'd turn off "Instant Personalization," disable "Public Search" and remove any applications you don't recognize while keeping ones that you use often (in my case, iPhoto's Facebook uploader and my phone's Facebook application, among others). Your reward for going to all this trouble: Facebook has finally pledged to preserve your settings through all future product launches.
June 2, 2010; 9:29 AM ET
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