How to Protect Your Privacy on Facebook Timeline

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Every time Facebook releases a new tweak, it is especially important to double-check any privacy settings or personal information that you may not want to be public.  As Timeline makes its debut, you should familiarize yourself with the new features and ensure that your identity is safe.  Timeline is essentially a giant scrapbook organized chronologically.  It takes all your past history on Facebook and highlights the most important moments–some of which you may not always want to share.  Here are some helpful tips to remember:

Make Changes Within Seven Days:You can activate Timeline now or wait for Facebook to convert your profile, but either way, you have a seven day period to edit your profile before it goes live.  Use this time to make sure that you are comfortable with everything on your profile, and remove anything that you don’t want the world to see.

Review Your Activity Log: This new feature shows all your Facebook activity from start to finish, but luckily you can hide and delete things that you want to keep private.  This log is visible to you only, so treat it as a dashboard to review things before they go live.  Your first step should be to make your posts viewable to friends only…you can adjust the setting for individual posts later on.

Limiting Posts:To post something that you only want specific people to see, you can go to your Timeline page, click the “People” icon, and release the post to a specific group.  If there is something that you want to keep on the timeline, but don’t want others to see, you can click the pencil icon and select “Only Me.”

Remember to give your Timeline a second look using the “View As” feature before you publish it to the public, and always use common sense!

For more tips on how to protect your privacy check Zone Alarm.

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