You may have heard Facebook’s recent announcement about Graph Search. It’s currently being beta tested, but it will allow you to search Facebook for people, places, photos and interests. It’s Facebook’s attempt to take on Google’s powerful search engine.
Now (before this feature is released to the masses) is as good a time as any to make sure your privacy settings are set the way you want them to be. Perhaps the easiest way to check your settings is to use the padlock symbol in the upper right portion of the Facebook toolbar.
As a first step, check each of the three areas that appear in the drop-down privacy settings box as shown in the picture above. I tend to limit my posts to friends-only (you can always change this on a per-post basis). You can always view your profile as someone else sees it, if you’re uncertain as to what the settings mean.
As a second step, review who can contact you and how you’d like your messages filtered to your inbox. Next, you’ll want to click on the link at the bottom of the drop-down privacy settings box titled “see more settings”. Are you comfortable with who can look you up using the email address and/or phone number you provided (if you did provide such info)? Now’s the time to edit that info and/or change that setting if you want.
The last setting under “Who can look me up?” (see image below) allows search engines to find your profile and link to your timeline. I have mine turned off and I’m guessing you may want to as well if you’re concerned about privacy.
Lastly, you’ll want to review the apps that you’ve given access to. Do you still use all of them? Are you comfortable with them making posts on your behalf? You’ll want to remove the apps you no longer use and check the settings for the ones you keep. This can all be done by clicking on the apps link (left-hand column in the picture above). In addition to the apps you use, make sure you review the settings for “Apps others use.”