Menu
New Facebook tool walks users through a privacy settings checkup

New Facebook tool walks users through a privacy settings checkup

It's the latest initiative by the company to help its members make sure they're not over-sharing on the social networking site

The first step of Facebook's privacy checkup tries to make sure users are sharing with the right people.

The first step of Facebook's privacy checkup tries to make sure users are sharing with the right people.

Facebook is rolling out a new privacy settings checkup tool designed to give users a clearer picture of who can see their posts and other information they share.

When they log on, Facebook users will get the option to go through the process, which reviews privacy settings for their posts, app log-in permissions and profile information, the company said Thursday.

The tool will also be available on demand from the privacy shortcuts tab on the top right corner of users' screens; it's the icon with the security lock.

The tool is only available on the desktop, but a mobile version could come after Facebook gathers feedback.

The tools available in the privacy checkup are not new. But they're being presented in an easier to manage way compared to Facebook's existing privacy settings page.

The first stage of the checkup tells users who can see posts made from their news feed or profile, and lets them change the settings, like from public to friends only, for future posts.

The next menu lets people see which apps they've logged into with Facebook. From there, users can change who sees posts made by the app, or delete individual apps from the list. Outside of the new tool, users can also change their app settings at any time through Facebook's settings page.

This streamlined menu for app permissions follows other changes Facebook made earlier this year giving people more control over the data they share with apps.

Finally, the tool shows people information from their profile like where they work and live, and which schools they attended, and lets them manage who can see what. This menu may not show all of a profile's information. Users can see the rest and make additional changes by visiting the "about section" of their profile.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.

Tags securitysocial mediaprivacyinternetFacebooksocial networkingInternet-based applications and services

Featured

Slideshows

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar with a bumper crowd of partners, distributors and vendors descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kick-start 2018. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018
Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

In 2017, merger and acquisitions fever reached new heights in New Zealand, with a host of big name deals dominating the headlines. Reseller News recaps the most important transactions of the Kiwi channel during the past 12 months.

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017
Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Show Comments