Protect your privacy from Facebook's newest feature

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  • GRAPH SEARCH: allows you to search for all sorts of new things on Facebook. Think of it like a little bit of Google, mixed with a review-site .
  • It sounds harmless at first, but it could help strangers track you down or learn all sorts of things about you.
  • Facebook users can use GRAPH SEARCH to find any information that is "publicly available." Since many people post things without checking privacy settings, or don't see what they "Like" as a problem, this could be embarrassing and dangerous
  • For example, say you've Liked a page or joined a group in the past that your employer would frown upon. It could be a rival company or just something your employer doesn't want to associate with. Your employer could search "co-workers that like getting drunk," or "co-workers that like taking fake sick days."
  • Your name would pop up! You'd have plenty of explaining to do the next day at work. This is just the tip of the iceberg of things someone could find with Graph Search. A nearby thief might even be able to find your address or information to steal your identity.
 
  • People are already finding embarrassing and dangerous combinations of searches. For example, you can make a list of "women who live nearby and who are interested in men and like getting drunk."
  • How about "married people who like (cheating site) Ashley Madison" or "married people who like prostitutes"? The person might have Liked those things years before they were married. Maybe they were a teenager and did it as a joke. But it sure doesn't look good today.
  • Luckily, Facebook Graph Search isn't available to everyone yet. That means you have time to clean up your profile so these searches aren't used against you.
  • First, click the Padlock icon to bring up Facebook's Privacy Shortcuts. Click "Who can see my stuff?" and then "Use Activity Log." The Activity Log shows you everything you've posted and everything that's been posted about you.
  • The big sections that could cause Graph Search problems are "Posts You're Tagged In," "Posts by Others," "Photos," "Likes" and "Groups." You have to click "More" under "Comments" to see "Groups."
  • Search for any post, group or Like you have that may embarrass or offend. You should look for stuff that reveals too much of your information, too.
  • You can change who can see these items by clicking the first icon next to the post. Remember, only public information is available in Graph Search, so setting it to Friends or Only Me is a good option. You can delete a post entirely by clicking the pencil icon.
  • To remove yourself from any questionable group, you have to visit the group's page. Click the gear icon on the main page and select "Leave group."
 
     
 
xptrish posted Jan 30, 2013
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akaricke
That is some great info thanks.
akaricke (rep: 159k) posted Jan 30, 2013
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fluffy
Every time I hear of yet another Facebook privacy atrocity, I'm even happier that I've NEVER had anything to do with them, and never will.
fluffy (rep: 2.17k) posted Jan 30, 2013
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nimase85
I am Beta testing it and I was like this is too creepy I was curious how much info you can search so i did a search for women who like women and I found out many of my friends were either gay or bi and I didn't even know it I wonder if they know there pages could out them
nimase85 (rep: 15.7k) posted Jan 30, 2013
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xptrish
Holy Moly! nimase85 ! Scary right? I guess we hear about privacy issues so much with Facebook we kind of get lax about it,well this and your insight is definatly a wake up call!
(p.s. I've done beta testing for Microsoft,Lexmark & HP,it's really cool, and getting to keep the hardware,printers etc doesn't hurt either!)
xptrish (rep: 71k) posted Jan 30, 2013
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Gaylesheerin
never concern the Facebook privacy before, some info do embarrassing, thanks for your kind suggestion
Gaylesheerin (rep: 334) posted Jan 30, 2013
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lilywow
Thanks for sharing. I was not aware of many of these
lilywow (rep: 8.33k) posted Jan 30, 2013
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mitalmas
Thanks for the info! *scrambles to change facebook privacy settings* o_0
mitalmas (rep: 6.96k) posted Jan 31, 2013
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xptrish
LOL @ mitalmas
xptrish (rep: 71k) posted Jan 31, 2013
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jannywright06
great news
jannywright06 (rep: 117) posted Jun 10, 2014
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