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10 Most Misunderstood Facebook Privacy Facts

Facebook privacy changes seem to never end. Get a grip on your account with these privacy settings tips and tricks.

6. Shared album creators determine privacy settings.
One of Facebook's newer features is the shared photo album, which lets multiple people upload images to one spot. If you're invited to contribute to a friend's album, be aware that he or she -- not you -- determines the privacy settings for the photos.

Shared albums have privacy settings similar to those of traditional Facebook photo albums. The creator sets its privacy settings to either public, friends of contributors, or contributors only. The creator of the album also has the ability to edit and delete photos, while the album's contributors can make changes only to the photos they upload.

If you're unsure about how your friend has set the album's privacy settings, navigate to the album's home page and hover over the icon that appears below the description to find out.

7. Your Facebook apps may cause problems.
If your Facebook account has been hacked before -- and even if it hasn't -- it's a good idea to review your list of apps for any you may not remember granting access to your information. Rogue apps and excessive permissions are often the culprit behind malware attacks and privacy and security issues.

To find your list of apps, click the gear icon in the top-right of your page and select "Account Settings," then from the menu on the left, click "Apps." Remove unwanted apps by clicking the "x" or adjust the settings by clicking the pencil icon that appears next to each one.

8. Location tags on photos have the same privacy settings.
Location check-ins, such as at restaurants or museums, or photos tagged with a location appear in Graph Searches. One thing to be wary of: If you added a location tag to a photo, the photo's privacy setting is the same as your location's privacy setting. You can't separate the two.

To review your tag history, view your Activity Log and sort it by "Posts you're tagged in." This filter will also display photo tags. To delete a tag or change a location, click the pencil icon.

9. Control profile tags.
If you're afraid that your Facebook friends may tag you in embarrassing photos, review them before they go live on your profile. To do this, visit your privacy settings page and select "Timeline and Tagging" from the menu on the left. Under the first group of settings, you have the option to review posts that friends tag you in before they appear in your timeline.

This setting alerts you when you've been tagged in a status update or photo, for example, and lets you choose whether or not you want it to appear on your timeline. While this helps you control what appears on your profile, the update or photo will still appear in search, news feed, and other places on Facebook.

10. Unflattering photo? Request that it be removed.
While you can always untag yourself in an unflattering photo, that image still lives on in Facebook. If you want it gone from the social network, Facebook lets you request that the owner take it down.

Navigate to the photo that you want removed. At the bottom, click "Options" and select "Report/Remove Tag." Click "I want this photo removed from Facebook," then select a reason. Facebook will alert the photo's owner of your request, and if your friend is nice enough, he or she will remove it.

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Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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8/10/2014 | 8:02:08 PM
Re: Sharing Personal Details
Facebook would say that sharing information like your phone number, employment info, and education would help others find you and vice versa -- though of course we know that their intentions aren't thatinnocent :-) . If it's not necessary to the service (or what you want out of the service) then less is more.
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LesleyY014,
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8/10/2014 | 11:44:52 AM
Sharing Personal Details
I decided that NOT filling in the account information which was requesting my addresss, phone number, cell phone number and many other personal pieces of information such as school. employment and interestes is best. I feel much safer NOT sharing this information and I feel it is irrelevant to my needs on Facebook. I use Facebook to promote a music page and for sharing things with close friends. Facebook doesn't need to know all my personal details for me to do that. My advice to people is don't share any personal details. 
alexvirginboy
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alexvirginboy,
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2/5/2014 | 4:45:56 AM
Re: Assume they can see it
yes it is true Even when you lock down your privacy settings, some comments and photos can slip through as this article by Kristin shows. It's definitely a good rule.. http://www.fuoye.edu.ng
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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12/17/2013 | 10:11:51 PM
Re: assume the worst
Exactly. That's the best way to look at it.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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12/3/2013 | 11:48:13 AM
Re: Re : 10 Most Misunderstood Facebook Privacy Facts
@SachinEE -- it's all about money and data. Especially with free services, you agree to giving up some personal data (and a whole lot more than you may have bargained for if you don't understanding the privacy settings and policies).
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Shepy,
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11/28/2013 | 7:34:12 AM
assume the worst
I think the whole system has become so modular and broken up that it's hard to know what's going on where. It's getting to the point where the only sensible consideration is to assume anything and everything is publically viewable and act accordingly
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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11/27/2013 | 1:29:31 AM
Re : 10 Most Misunderstood Facebook Privacy Facts
@ Kristin Burnham, that's exactly I tend to do. I don't use anything liberally that is supposed to be online unless I know the full use of it. But in today's social media world, even this is not enough. You can't really trust what they tell you about your privacy settings. The only option seems to be to test every privacy setting to see for yourself if it works the same way as is mentioned.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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11/27/2013 | 1:29:28 AM
Re : 10 Most Misunderstood Facebook Privacy Facts
@ Laurianne, this is the ultimate option not to write down anything you don't want someone to read. I still have this pinching question why websites like Facebook don't come up clean on their policies. Why should we be getting back into our shells instead of these websites respecting our privacy? It seems like we have to regress back in social network technology.
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11/23/2013 | 12:54:04 PM
Apps are the worst. Here's how to manage them.
@kristen, have you checked our MyPermissions.com? If you're worried about FB apps or any other service, you should check them out. Reach out to me if you want more info.
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11/21/2013 | 9:39:31 PM
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