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5 settings to change today to enhance your Facebook security

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The social networking website Facebook has to be known to make new changes at a rate similar to some sports website changing it’s content and hardly a handful percentage of users get to know about what’s actually going on. A few days back, Orli Yakuel on Tech Crunch mentioned five things Facebook should fix immediately in it’s interface, and also ranted about the rapidity of changes Facebook has been carelessly doing lately. Today while messing around my account’s settings, I came across a few functions you might wanna enable/disable to feel a lil bit more secure on the network.

Turn on HTTPS:

HTTPS is an extension of a the normal Hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP). (The ‘S’ in HTTPS stands for “Secure”.) With HTTPS, whatever information you share on the web goes through a secure medium in an encrypted form. So does data via HTTP go in plain text form, you may ask. Yes, full plain text. From your chats, to statuses to messages, everything is sent in plain text. Which means anyone having access to those servers can read your stuff. Every damn stuff. But now that Facebook let’s you completely browse via HTTPS and it’s time that you enabled it. Go to Account | Account Settings – scroll down to ‘Change Security’ and check ‘Secure browsing (https)’ .  As mentioned earlier here on Awesome Tech, enabling login notifications is also a good practice.

**You can also enable HTTPS for all the websites by installing this simple browser extension, which is another good practice.

Turn off Instant Personalization

Now Instant Personalization is a complicated feature that Facebook is slowly rolling out to people. To learn more about it go to: Now, whether you care to learn more about it or not, it is advised you turn it off. To do that go to Account | Privacy Settings | Apps, games and websites settings | Instant Personalization | Uncheck “Enable instant personalisation on partner websites.” (Instant Personalization is not available to all users as of now)

Disable Facebook Places

Now I’m concerned about my privacy and Facebook Places is something that could mess up one’s privacy to a newer extent. What is Facebook Places? If Facebook Places is enabled, you can check into places – like any place and tell “I’m here at XYZ joint”. Besides that, your friends can check you in places. Though good for social network, I have a few questions though. Why would one like to do that? Why would one tell everyone where he/she is? That’s insanely stupid! And keep privacy aside, telling where you are to your social network isn’t the safest of tasks! To disable Facebook Places, go to Account | Privacy Settings | Set “Places I check into” to ‘Only Me’; un check “Include me in “People here now” after I check in” and “Disable” the option “Friends can check me in to places”.

Cut down information available through friends

In order to serve stupid apps better, Facebook allows apps to access your data if a certain friend uses a certain stupid app – like a quiz or something. To see what you’re sharing and to change those settings go to Account | Privacy Settings | Apps, games and websites settings | Click Edit Settings next to “Information accesible through your friends” and suit yourself. Best thing to do is to uncheck every option in that list!

Don’t let Facebook show your info in Facebook Adverts

Facebook has came up with a unique idea called Social Adverts. Keeping this functionality enabled, the adverts can now boast your information along side the advert. What kind of information? Your likes. And in some cases, your profile picture. Like for example, let’s say your are Mike Chang. Now an advertiser opts for social actions with his advertisements on Facebook and if you “like” that advertiser’s page – the advert to your friend might appear as, “Mike Chang” likes this. It might or might not have profile picture. Now this isn’t a big deal, but I would not like if I was Mike Change. So better off, you can disable this by going to Account | Account Settings | Facebook Adverts and opt for “None” for both the options.

Besides changing these five, it’s always advised to keep as subtle information as possible on social networks. Who knows what can happen someday! Socialize safe:)


Written by rahulbhagchandani

March 30, 2011 at 4:00 am

Posted in Facebook

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