Facebook recently opened up your information again, without notice to their users. Reviewing the following details under Privacy Settings would be a good idea. This only takes about 120 seconds.
Part of the recent changes includes an almost hidden area that allows Facebook members to opt-out and close down your privacy sharing to Applications and Websites.
Once you login to Facebook, select the ACCOUNT pull down menu on the top right, and choose Privacy Settings.
Within Privacy Settings, select Applications and Websites
Under What You Share, press the top right-side button entitled “Learn more”
Within the Learn More description, in a very obscure sentence at the bottom of this section, BELOW the graphic, you need to press the link attached to the words ‘this page’ :
“You can view the full list of Applications you have authorized on this page ”
After clicking on those words, a new page is displayed. Choose the pull-down menu in the upper right titled show:
Change Recently Used to Authorized
Under each and every listed Application you will need to choose Edit Settings and a popup will show itself. Make certain that you change the settings away from Everyone to Friends Only, or Friends of Friends. BEFORE CLOSING THIS SMALLER WINDOW – choose the tab called Additional Permissions and make changes that are appropriate there, too.
In case anyone has missed this, giving your real birthday to social websites, and possibly being friends with your parent (who in turn post their maiden name), is enough to take away some of your privacy. Most financial institutions use these two pieces of information to ‘protect’ your privacy. Unfortunately in the US, we do not always realize that there are 1000’s of smart people, especially internationally, who are always on the Internet, looking for YOUR information in order to hand it over to wealthy criminals. You can read more on this topic by reading the reviews of Fatal System Error, describing how these criminals pay desperate kids to do this work.