If you logged into Facebook recently, you've probably seen a small information bubble pop up advertising the new Search Graph. Search Graph is a lot of fun, but it's also raising some privacy concerns. In fact, Facebook currently warns users to check on current privacy settings, and make sure that privacy preferences are still in check now that Graph has arrived.
How can you make sure that all of your posts, shares, photos, and friends are still private? Here's what you need to do.
Check Your About Information
If you don't want people to know too much about you, it's a good idea to lock down the 'About' section of your Facebook page. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Click on the 'About' section of your page.
2. Click on the 'Edit' button at the top right side of each section of your About page.
3. Edit each section accordingly. You can make sure that nobody can see your information, or that some people can see it and others can't. It's up to you.
Next Up: Photos
Photos are a touchy subject. Some people don't care whether or not a number of random strangers peek at photos. Other people want to protect all photos or some photos from view. Facebook makes this simple enough, though, so it should just take a few minutes to make photo privacy happen. Here's what you need to do to change your photo settings:
1. Click on 'Photos,' and then choose 'Albums.'
2. Check each album that you have, and choose privacy settings for each album that you have created. Note that you can't change your cover photos, so move those around if you don't want people to see all the photos in your cover album.
Protecting Your Facebook Likes
Did you just like a product or page that you don't want anyone to know about? If you want to hide your likes, you can do this simply:
1. Click on the 'More' tab that's underneath your cover photo.
2. Select 'Likes.'
3. Look for the 'Add Likes' button on the right hand side of the screen.
4. Click on the edit icon and choose 'Privacy.'
5. Choose who you share your likes with.
Locking Down That Pesky Graph Search'
If you don't want people to be able to find you via the new Graph Search, you don't have to worry too much if you've followed the privacy tips above. For now, Facebook has stated that the privacy settings you have chosen for each section of your profile will apply to Graph Search.
But, be warned, you do have to go through each section of your profile, change all of your settings, and make sure everything is in order. Your privacy settings will apply to Graph Search too, but you do have to manually edit those settings. Not sure what privacy settings you already have in place?
Now is a great time to go through each part of your Facebook profile and change those settings! Otherwise, your information will come up when people search for you using Graph.