FaceBook Privacy Scanner

by on May 25th, 2010

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Recently Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses Facebook users privacy concerns in a column in the Washington Post on Monday. Zuckerberg admits that users find their privacy settings confusing, and promises new, simplified settings “in the coming weeks.” FaceBook privacy has been always in question. By default FaceBook does not restrict every information. It is advised that first you head over to privacy settings and limit what and how you share with anybody at FaceBook, as soon as you create account. Also as many as apps are getting developed and you get invitations, security becomes more important issue. Not every app at FaceBook is transparent and they do not have a check and control over every app because thousands of apps are getting developed daily for FaceBook. Here are two very good tools which can provide you information about what are you sharing with others and what security vulnerabilities your FaceBook account might have. One of these also suggest you about how to fix security issues with your account and how to implement right privacy settings.

1- Reclaim FaceBook Privacy

For a new user ReclaimPrivacy can be a really useful app because it suggests fixes. This website provides an independent and open tool for scanning your Facebook privacy settings.

  • Your FaceBook photos are exposed outside your friend circle or not?
  • You are publicly broadcasting your Status Updates or not?
  • Instant Personalization is currently sharing personal information with non-Facebook websites or not?
  • Your personal information is exposed to the entire Internet or not?
  • Your contact information is exposed to the entire Internet or not?
  • Your friends, tags, and connections information is exposed to the entire Internet or not?
  • Your friends can accidentally share your personal information or not?
  • You have blocked all known applications that could leak your personal information or not?
How to Use

You need to drag a grey button to your browser bookmarks bar.
Go to your Facebook privacy settings and then click that bookmark once you are on Facebook.
You will see a series of privacy scans that inspect your privacy settings and warn you about settings that might be unexpectedly public.


2- What does Facebook publish about you and your friends?

Go to the website below and type your FaceBook user name or email and hit enter. This tool will bring different different information about your FaceBook account and display there. You can have an idea that which information you need to block.

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