June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

Summary: June 2011 edition of The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide. Helping you to protect your privacy, your social network security and to manage your network safely.

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Note: This guide is now out of date. For the latest guide (September 2011), head on over here.

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It is that time of year again. Before you set off on your summer vacations, festivals and whatnot, take ten minutes out of your day to secure your Facebook account.

The last Facebook Lockdown Guide in January has been deprecated, and many more changes have occurred. Thankfully, on the most part, settings you have changed since then have been vastly kept the same.

Still, it doesn't hurt to check -- does it?

For my 900th post for ZDNet, find four updated guides, each focusing on an intrinsic part of Facebook's privacy and security features, allowing you to work your way through with step by step help in each area.

Gallery guide 1: Secure your profile page

Updated: Updated guide with all your profile securing tools at your disposal. Also included is a new photo album views and some general Facebook tweaks to keep your pages secure.

Gallery guide 2: Secure your account settings

Updated: All the stuff you had before, with added support for encrypted Facebook browsing, updated advertising settings and more support for mobile devices.

Gallery guide 3: Secure your privacy settings

Updated: All of the settings you need to secure your Facebook privacy, and now added support for the iPhone and iPod touch devices.

Gallery guide 4: Secure the miscellaneous bits

Updated: How to secure your miscellaneous Facebook bits, including instant personalisation and how to disable facial recognition features rolled out last month.

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  • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

    I love the fact that FB don't have to tell you they have changed anything. Maybe there should be a 30 day notification rule like they have when a bank changes terms and conditions on an account. But then that brings up the question of regulating social media.
    katherine5
    • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

      @katherine@... how do you get your picture up there?
      Ashtonian
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      halilturker
    • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

      @katherine@...

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      Twitter is a bit better, as you do not share as much there, as you do on Facebook.
      runeklan
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    raabl
  • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

    Use a nom de plume.
    The very nature of the internet and servers means that there cannot be any privacy!
    Ashtonian
    • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

      @Ashtonian You are right on mate, there is NO privacy on the internet. Especially with a free social media account. But FB can be especially dangerous (people tracking you and so on) so this guide is definitely useful. <a href="http://www.curefungustoenail.org">Cure Toenail Fungus</a>
      Tonybal
  • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

    I did all of these things, but it still didn't prevent problems. Can someone please tell me how to get rid of a trojan email account that someone attached to my profile? I have had to ask FB to delete my account because someone kept hacking my password. Lockdown is a joke when you can bypass the application itself to get customer service from FB staff.
    Peter Malcolm
  • my FB lock-down guide

    First, jail the CEO, then jail the board, then the next 3 tiers of executives, at each stage offering them the opportunity to remove all of their information scavenging capabilities, or continue to be held in contempt.
    Professor8
    • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

      @Professor8
      Jail them for what?
      How about do not use the service and do not expect that thigns you are uploading would not be used against you. No one is forcing anyone to use FB or another social sites.
      jahmekan
      • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

        @jahmekan very well put, you cannot jail them, it's THEIR company! and nobody forces anybody to use FB, so if you don't like it then don't use it! Thank you for a great comment. <a href="http://www.squidoo.com/canon-7d-reviews">Canon 7d reviews</a>
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      frizzllefry
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        @frizzllefry giggles
        theroselady2000
  • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

    Facebook is bad about opt in privacy. Everyone knows it. It's the plague of social media sites but, it's also the only one worth a damn n ow. If someone could come up with a similar format with opt out privacy I think Facebook would fast become irrelevant based on that feature alone. I do think it is stupid for our society to put as much emphasis on Facebook activities as they do. The fact that employers are even seriously looking at Facebook as a part of the application and screening process boggles my mind.
    Str0b0
    • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

      @Str0b0 this is why I use a 30 character password, and I do not use my exact birth name
      theroselady2000
  • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

    I have found that when you click on someones profile picture, you sometimes get access to the whole album of pictures by just clicking next. But if you try to go straight to the album it will say, "so and so only shares certain information with the public" This worries me in my account.
    isuzu803
    • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

      @isuzu803 I noticed that too. I think it may just be a glitch, because it only happened on a few folk's profiles, and it didn't continue for more than a 30 minutes. But I see what you're saying, I felt the same way. Especially considering photos, in my opinion, are the thing I most want to privacy-protect on my account.
      Insuranceman2
  • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

    @Zack:
    What about your promise several months ago to make this available in pdf? It really is a pain navigating this way...
    mutotom
    • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

      @muto@... Trust me, I have been trying. You wouldn't believe how difficult it is to get anything up in PDF format. I've got the PDF ready to go -- I just can't do anything with it.
      zwhittaker
      • RE: June 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

        @zwhittaker "I just can't do anything with it. "

        but you are advising us on the ultimate lockdown tips...ok...got it...try this, scroll over to the little "help" sign and find how to "post a link" -- that should help -- or maybe not...
        ewerb1