Privacy concerns are nothing new to Facebook users, but the latest changes to the FB site are causing quite a stir. The FB blog responded to the most commonly asked questions, but concerns linger.
Why the fuss? The social sharing features (also called plug-ins) introduced last week open up personal information far beyond the FB site, expanding its network throughout the web. By not changing your account settings, you are automatically opting in to the new "Open Graph" social sharing service. What does this mean? FB has partnered with Pandora, Yelp and Microsoft Docs to create instantly personalized sites that cater to your personal likes. Are you a fan of Ben Folds? Pandora will create playlists based upon his style of music, whether you ask for it or not. If you prefer to keep your information private, here are some great articles from PCWorld that will walk you through the process of tightening up your account infomation.
Facebook Safety: A Primer: Friends aren't all bad and this article provides easy-to-understand explanations with a step-by-step guide on how to make friends safely.
Facebook: 5 Privacy Settings You Must Tweak Now: The essential information regarding the latest changes with easy-to-follow instructions for protecting your personal FB information.
Facebook's New Features and Your Privacy: What You Need to Know: An in-depth description of the five new features introduced by FB, along with an explanation of how they impact your privacy.