Facebook's Tweaks to Privacy Settings Leave Members with False Sense of Security

Think your Facebook profile privacy and safety are in great shape? You might want to think again after a study by KiwiCommons.com.
March 6, 2010 - PRLog -- The study shows that 7 out of 10 people who utilize privacy settings don’t know that the recent settings revamp now leaves their photos wide open to the public.

Just because you have set your Facebook privacy settings in the past, doesn't mean your
identity is still safe, at all. 7 out of 10 people who made an effort to set their Facebook privacy settings this past year, have only blocked their basic profile information and are showing all or most of their photographs, according to the Kiwi study.

With the recent revamp of Facebook's privacy settings, certain privacy aspects like your birthday, favourite activities and videos/photos you've been tagged in, have been updated. Now 'everyone', as in everyone on Facebook, can view your info as default. Don't assume your information is safe, go back in and review those settings just in case.

"Way too many Facebook members have 'blocked' people from seeing their profile, but don't have a clue that their entire photo gallery is wide open to the public," says Ashley, a Kiwi Commons staff member. "All because they haven't gone in and updated those new options."

To learn about how to protect your privacy, safety and identity on Facebook, head to http://www.KiwiCommons.com.

For more information about free internet safety seminars, visit http://www.KiwiSeminars.com.


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