How To Video: Protect your Facebook Timeline privacy
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How To Video: Protect your Facebook Timeline privacy

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With all of Facebook's recent changes, it's time to make sure your privacy settings are up-to-date. Sharon Vaknin has some tips for keeping your life story private.

-Hey everyone, I'm Sharon Vaknin for CNET.com here to guide you through all big privacy changes on Facebook. When Facebook announced Timeline, the new profile design, many people were worried about a change in the Facebook apps polices. Now, all you need to ask for permission once before sharing your activity whenever they want. You can't change the new policy, but you can decide, which friends got to see your activity or hide the activity entirely without deleting the app. Go to privacy settings, then head to apps and websites and click edit settings on the right. Then, click edit settings gain. First, take a look at the list and remove any apps you no longer use. Then, find the app you want to adjust permissions for and click edit. Some apps like Spotify let you removes specific permissions like posting the Facebook as you, so go ahead and remove to your liking. For app, activity privacy, pick the people who can see you activity from the pop list. If you don't want anyone to see it, click customize, then only me. Back in the privacy center, check your settings for how tags work and how you connect. Make sure you're connecting with the right people. Once you can figure those settings, head to your timeline and tweak some important privacy settings there. Every time you do small things like add a friend, write on someone walls, change your info, or add a life event, Facebook logs it in you recent activity. If you think that's too intrusive hover any story and click the X and select hide all. Do this for every type activity you want to hide. To unhide them, just click the pencil, select hidden activity, and click the X next to things you want to unhide. At this point, your privacy is already little more secure, but Facebook varied even more settings we need to adjust. At the top of your Timeline, you will see you general info on the left and some boxes on the right. To change the privacy of your information, click it, head edit for any module, and use the drop down menu next to each item to pick who sets to see it. For the boxes like friends and photos, you have options too. To hide your friend's list, click on the box and adjust the privacy settings at the top. For photos, click the box to see all of albums and adjust privacy settings for each one. Now back at your profile info, you saw an option for hiding your mobile number. Weirdly enough if you make it visible to only me, it's still doesn't guarantee your privacy. Go to account settings, then mobile, and un-check the box next to share my phone number with friends. Now, your phone number is private. Once again, Facebook always makes this more work than we should have to. Once you've got all your privacy settings sorted out, head back to your profile and click the settings button, then view as to see what your profile looks like to other users and to your friends' name to see what info you're sharing with them or click the public link at the top to see what your profile looks like to the rest of the internet. If you have any other privacy or Timeline related questions, leave me a comment on my Facebook page of course or hit me up on Twitter. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin and I'll see you on the interwebs.

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