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6 Facebook Privacy Changes, Explained

Facebook's privacy makeover continues with changes designed to make your account easier to manage. And have you met the privacy dinosaur?

change this default setting from Public to Friends, instead.

Facebook will also alert new users to choose an audience for their first post. If they don't make a choice, Facebook will set it to Friends. Anyone can change their audience at any time and can alter the privacy of their past posts as well, the social network said.

4. Privacy checkup tool
In early April, some Facebook users reported spotting the elusive Facebook "privacy dinosaur," which led them through a privacy checkup. Facebook confirmed this week that it will roll out this tool to make users more aware of their settings.

"We want to do all we can to put power and control in people's hands," Facebook said. "This new tool is designed to help everyone make sure they are sharing with just the audience they want."

The privacy checkup tool will cover a number of settings, including who they're posting to, which apps they use, and the privacy of their profile information.

5. Public posting reminder
Facebook's privacy dinosaur will also remind you when you're about to post publicly to prevent you from sharing an update with more people than you intended.

The pop-up reads, "Sorry to interrupt. You haven't changed who can see your posts lately, so we just want to make sure you're sharing this post with the right audience. (Your current setting is Public, though you can change this whenever you post.)"

6. Anonymous login
At Facebook's F8 developer conference earlier this month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook Login, the button that allows third-party apps and websites to use Facebook login credentials, will support anonymous login.

Anonymous login lets you log into apps so you don't have to remember usernames and passwords, but it doesn't share personal information from Facebook. Traditionally, people using Facebook Login would need to allow the website or app to access certain information in their profiles.

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Kristin Burnham currently serves as InformationWeek.com's Senior Editor, covering social media, social business, IT leadership and IT careers. Prior to joining InformationWeek in July 2013, she served in a number of roles at CIO magazine and CIO.com, most recently as senior ... View Full Bio

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Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/13/2014 | 10:53:20 AM
Re: This is nice, but...
Your activity will appear in friends' news feeds depending on your privacy settings. You can limit this by limiting the audience with whom you share posts and pictures, for example. 
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/13/2014 | 10:51:21 AM
Re: Re : 6 Facebook Privacy Changes, Explained
Yikes, that sounds like a nightmare. If people are contacting you via Chat, you can turn it off to prevent people from messaging you (these messages will be sent to your inbox, though). You can change your inbox filtering and privacy settings so only friends can look you up via email or phone number -- this could help with the spam messages.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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6/1/2014 | 3:35:54 AM
Re: Re : 6 Facebook Privacy Changes, Explained
I just keep almost all of my FB profile public.  It's easier that way.  Then I'm forced to think extra hard about what I post, what I like, and what I share.
AmmarNaeem
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AmmarNaeem,
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5/30/2014 | 1:52:06 AM
Re : 6 Facebook Privacy Changes, Explained
Irrespective of all the fun and connectivity opportunities provided by Facebook, the privacy promoted by the social network is nothing but a joke. Nevertheless, those who think of themselves as pros in protecting their private information often make ridiculous mistakes; significant of them all is trusting privacy feature in the first place. So, here are top 5 ridiculous decisions we have lined up that you might have taken to trust Facebook with your privacy. Source: 5 Ridiculous Decisions to Trust Facebook with your Privacy 
anon5734271477
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anon5734271477,
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5/28/2014 | 9:44:34 AM
This is nice, but...
If you change your privacy settings and get them all nice and tidy and things still show up on the News Feeds of your friends, all of this means *nothing*.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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5/26/2014 | 12:43:06 PM
Re : 6 Facebook Privacy Changes, Explained
It's a late move for Zuckerberg but it's not too late to introduce such features to make it easier for facebook users to navigate while on facebook and also assures them of a new sense of privacy. As a method to recover the users they have lost to other social networks, it is a strategy that can get good results in terms of gaining new users and also getting his lost following back. Good idea.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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5/26/2014 | 12:35:00 PM
Re : 6 Facebook Privacy Changes, Explained
It is a good thing Facebook is trying to boost its privacy options. It is bothersome when a stranger posts nonsense on your wall. Sometimes I get messages from cons (not my facebook friends) who direct me to their emails claiming they want to be my friends, that's very annoying, facebook please do something about that. Is there a way to stop people from creating multiple accounts? My x-girlfriend has done that severally to stalk me, it is very uncomfortable.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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5/25/2014 | 10:30:24 AM
Perhaps a more succinct explanation
If it's private, don't put it on Facebook.  ;)
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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5/24/2014 | 5:15:01 PM
Technology Arrogance
Our society is experiencing technology arrogance and software arrogance at an alarming rate all in the name of "marketing" and the love of money. People need to speak up. Twenty-somethings from Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft ETC. all failing to adhere to known and established human factors; de-facto standards in the industry and rites of passage. Therefore wreak havoc for millions of people and have to be told what to do because they were not listening in the first place. Do you like the user interface? SORRY it changed again (for no reason) THIS month (again).

 
astrokermit
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astrokermit,
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5/24/2014 | 1:31:36 PM
A Little Too Late
Wow if only they done this 7 years ago. It's awesome that they are doing this AFTER the fact that governments had to intervene and membership levels were dropping. How can people trust Mark Zuckerberg when his core value system does not respect the privacy of others.

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According to The Harvard Crimson, Facemash "used photos compiled from the online facebooks of nine Houses, placing two next to each other at a time and asking users to choose the 'hotter' person". To accomplish this, Mark Zuckerberg hacked the "facebooks" Harvard maintained to help students identify each other and used the images to populate his Facemash website.
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