6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Tech Culture: Facebook privacy settings

About Video Transcript

Tech Culture: Facebook privacy settings

1:19 /

Molly Wood shows you how to tweak your Facebook profile and protect your privacy.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:05 >> Molly: Social networks are a lot of fun but they can also be dangerous. A whopping 70% more companies reported receiving spam and viruses through online social networks in 2009 than in the previous year. On top of that privacy advocates criticize Facebook for its new privacy settings, which went to affect in December. So what are the 3 Facebook settings you should know to keep yourself safe? First, know who can see the things you share. The new Facebook default for this setting is everyone on the Internet, so to change this go to Settings and then click Privacy Settings from your profile page. Click Profile Information from the list of choices and change the posts by me setting to Only Friends. Second, who can see your personal information? Go back to Profile Information in Privacy Settings, select Only Friends. And third, click Search on the choices on the next page. On this page uncheck the box labeled Allow next to Public Search Results. Now, Facebook does defend its privacy settings as flexible but it's really not very nice to set your defaults to everyone, in my opinion. So if you want to protect yourself and your friends take 5 minutes to protect your privacy on Facebook. For CBS News I'm Molly Wood, CNET.com in San Francisco. ^E00:01:19

New releases

Apps to help you prepare for Passover
0:59 April 1, 2015
This year, the Jewish holiday Passover begins April 3. The first night of the holiday is traditionally celebrated with a Seder. In...
Play video
How to play Aprils Fools' Pac-Man in Google Maps
1:56 March 31, 2015
Clear all the power pellets in your town with Pac-Man for Google Maps just in time for April Fools Day!
Play video
The Samsung Galaxy S6 gets dropped and dunked
4:25 March 31, 2015
The Galaxy S6 is getting great reviews, but its also getting tortured. YouTube is rolling out 4K video and eSports will be a big part...
Play video
2015 Chevrolet Trax LS
5:00 March 31, 2015
Chevy's newest SUV and its smallest.
Play video
Jay Z's Tidal music service makes star-studded splash
1:14 March 31, 2015
Alicia Keys joined rap mogul Jay Z, Madonna and other music icons to introduce Tidal, what they call the first artist-owned streaming-music...
Play video
Amazon Dash Buttons may be the future of grocery shopping
2:53 March 31, 2015
Running low on something? Put an Amazon Dash Button in your home to instantly order more. Also Google makes a bigger push for Chrome...
Play video
Hisense's Chromebook is portable, light and only $149
1:48 March 31, 2015
This new budget Chromebook is perfect for students.
Play video
What is the Turing Test?
1:54 March 31, 2015
You've probably heard of the Turing Test for artificial intelligence, but how does it work? And what does it mean if a robot passes...
Play video