It’s hard for me to resist a paranoid’s guide to anything, especially when it’s labeled Security Alert. But using “The Paranoid’s Guide to Facebook” (PCWorld, Feb 2011), I took a few minutes to make my Facebook account more secure from prying eyes and apps by:
- Disabling Facebook Places (I call all location features Hello, Robbers!): Account tab > Privacy Settings > Customize settings > Things others share > Friends can check me in to Places > Edit settings > Select One > Disabled > Okay
- Hiding My Game and App Activity (I don’t have any after I had to join a support group to break away from Li’l Green Patch but this is just in case I fall off the wagon into the compost pile again): Account tab > Privacy Settings > Edit your settings under Apps and Websites > Game and app activity > Customize > Only Me
- Disabling Facebook Apps (Take that, Big Brother App): Account tab > Privacy Settings > Edit your settings under Apps and Websites > Turn off all platform apps under Apps you use > Select all > Turn off Platform. (Then I changed my mind and edited each app individually, removing many but keeping a few I like, like Twitter. I wondered what I was
drinkingthinking when I deleted other strange apps, like which Rocky Horror Picture Show character I am. Magenta. Duh.)
- Revising What My Friends Can Reveal: Account tab > Privacy Settings > Edit your settings under Apps and Websites > Edit settings under Info accessible through your friends > uncheck what you don’t want friends to share. This seemed redundant but I deselected Places I check in to. PCWorld recommends deselecting everything for full privacy, but if you just can’t do it, consider at least deselecting photos and videos.
PCWorld also recommends deleting your Facebook account completely to ensure privacy and online security, but I can’t do it. It’s the best way to keep up with friends and family nationwide – and I never know when I’ll want to dig virtual dirt.