It’s about time for the Facebook users to check their privacy settings and prevent the unnecessary disclosure of their private information to the prying eyes of hackers. Facebook has rolled down its newest feature, the Facebook Graph search which will optimize the social network search from the site by its users. This may be good news among Facebook users who are using the search feature of the site extensively to find friends but so does for stalkers and hackers. You can however protect your privacy from this risk by tweaking your Facebook account privacy settings.
The Facebook Graph Search Features
This new implementation of search feature on Facebook will give its users a powerful tool for searching for people and getting more valuable information about them. The graph search will give its users relevant information regarding a person’s activities, likes and other personal information that hackers and even stalkers can potentially glean upon for intelligence gathering about an individual’s personal information and activities. The graph search is loaded with database about personal information among Facebook users. You can easily filter the information that you can obtain from the graph search such as according to tagged photos, locations visited and other data that can be linked to a Facebook user’s profile.
Should you be concerned?
Among the major concerns about this powerful feature of Facebook Graph Search is the security of the Facebook users. All information that is associated to your account now becomes accessible using the Graph search. This includes your relationship status, hometown, employer and photos where you are tagged in. If someone wants to stalk you, your Facebook account can be an easy place to search about the locations where you’ve been to or always visiting, favorite restaurants and other information that can be revealing about your personal activities.
Securing your Facebook Privacy from Graph Search
Facebook users have the ability to limit their privacy exposure on Facebook. Here are some steps that you can do in order to protect your privacy against the Facebook Graph Search:
1. Limit your current post exposure
You can limit the audience who can view your current posts. To prevent your current posts from appearing on the Facebook Graph Search, go to the Timeline and select your posts to indicate the particular setting that you choose on who can view them. Select from “public” to “friends of friends” or “friends only” options. Choosing public will make you current posts highly visible on the Facebook Graph Search.
2. Control your tagging options
Because Facebook Graph Search has the capability of finding your profile from tagged photos, you can limit who among your friends can tag you and to select on what photos or posts you can be tagged by your friends. From your Facebook account setting drop down tab, select the “Timeline and tagging” option. Choose the “Review posts” tab to prevent the automatic tagging of your profile to your friends’ posts. This will give you the chance to review posts and photos where you are being tagged and you have the control whether to approve or decline from being tagged on your friend’s posts.
3. Tweak your privacy settings on previous posts
You can also change the sharing option on your previous posts by going to your Facebook account privacy settings and tools. If you want to automatically limit all of your past posts from being shared publicly, you can click on the “limit past posts” option. Alternatively, you may selectively choose which previous posts you want to limit by clicking on the “Use activity log” to view each past posts individually and select the appropriate option you like.
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