I have updated and released version 2.0 of the popular Facebook Privacy & Security Guide. Version 2.0 reflects the recent changes that Facebook made to it’s privacy settings. In addition, I added a new section titled “Blocking and Creating Friend Lists” and expanded on how your Name, Profile Picture, Gender, Current City, Networks, Friend List, and Pages are now publicly available information.
Download the new version of the Facebook Privacy & Security Guide here.
You can also get to the guide from: socialmediasecurit… and from the top of Socialmediasecurity.com under “Guides”.
Can you remove public access to your friend list?
One tip I didn’t have room for in the guide around these new changes is the following. You can remove the ability for your “Friend List” to be viewed in public searches by selecting the Edit “pencil” in the Friends box on your profile page and unchecking the box. Here is a screen shot of this. Unfortunately, this control is all or nothing but the good news is your Friends can still see your friends list. You may also want review your application settings so application “boxes” are not showing on your public profile as well. More information can be found on Facebook’s blog post about these issues (hat tip to @mubix for pointing this out).
Like before please send any feedback on the guide to feedback[ aT ]socialmediasecurity.com. The companion video is being worked and should be up shortly as well.
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