If you or your company’s users are concerned about the lack of privacy on Facebook, here are some tools that can help.
Facebook isn’t completely devoid of effective security features — but the site often makes tough to find and activate.
Here are four that could be worth enabling, according to a recent NetworkWorld article:
- Disable Check-ins – Last year, Facebook introduced a feature called Places that lets friends “check you in” to a place to let anyone viewing your profile know where you are at that time.
To disable this feature, go to Account > Privacy Settings > Customize Settings. Scroll to the middle section (“things others share”") and click “Edit settings” next to “Friends can check me in to Places.”
- Remove Instant Personalization – This feature is used by external sites such as Bing and Yelp and lets people see which friends have “liked” certain news articles, places, and other things. But the feature also allows external sites to access information in your profile, even data you’ve elected to keep private.
To turn it off, go to your Facebook Privacy Settings page, then choose “Edit your settings” under “Apps and Websites” at the bottom. Scroll to the bottom, click “Edit Settings” next to “Instant personalization” and un-check the box on the next page.
- Turn off Social Ads – If Facebook users participate in social ads, their friends might see advertisements for products related to some action they took on site (such as liking a page), sometimes along with the person’s name and photo.
Social ads don’t divulge any additional information to advertisers, but if you’d rather your profile not be used for advertising, disable the feature by navigating to Facebook settings > Facebook ads and choose “No one” or “Only my friends” from the drop-down menu.
- Block apps from getting your info through your friends – Certainly Facebook applications can get your information through a friend’s account, even if you aren’t using that app.
To keep that from happening, go to Account > Privacy Settings > Apps and Websites and click “Edit Settings” next to “Info accessible through your friends” and uncheck any necessary boxes.