The How-To Guide for Facebook

Our Facebook guide delivers expert analysis on the latest Facebook developments, helpful tips, tricks and how-tos, and the latest updates on privacy, Facebook apps and more.

Tue, February 12, 2013
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Facebook Privacy

How Your Facebook Privacy Settings Impact Graph Search

Facebook today announced a new search capability--currently in beta--called Graph Search. Here's how your Facebook privacy settings will affect what others can find.

4 Facebook Privacy Settings for the New Year

Have you checked out Facebook's new privacy shortcuts or reviewed which apps have access to your profile? Here's a look at four things you can do to better secure your profile in 2013.

What You Need to Know About Facebook's New Privacy Settings

Facebook is rolling out three changes to its privacy settings, activity log and photos. Here's what you need to know and how the updates to the social network affect you.

Facebook Chain Letters: Weak Link to Reality

A chain letter sent to Facebook users urges you to repost the message or risk losing the rights to your own data. Yesterday, Facebook set the record straight.

Look Before You Like -- Your Employer May Start to Monitor You

A new Gartner report reveals that social media monitoring in the workplace is on the rise. Until now, concerned companies simply blocked access. Would you rather your company block social networking sites or allow them and subject yourself to monitoring?

Facebook Privacy: Creepy Website a Reminder to Know Your Settings

What could happen if your Facebook photos, location information and more get into the wrong hands? This website uses a personalized movie trailer to explore that question, and will undoubtedly leave you with goose bumps.

Would You Give Your Employer Access to Your Facebook Page? [Poll]

More employers are requesting -- and sometimes requiring -- that you hand over your social networking usernames and passwords as a condition of employment. Are you onboard with this new trend?

How to Access Facebook's Free Antivirus Tools

If you suspect that malware may have compromised your computer, head to Facebook's new 'malware checkpoint' where you can ensure your system is clean and virus-free.

Facebook Timeline Scams Prey on Wishful Thinking

If you're not a fan of the new Facebook Timeline design, beware of bogus Facebook groups and pages promising a return to the old design.

Facebook's New Timeline: Important Privacy Settings to Adjust Now

Facebook's new Timeline has the potential to expose status updates and wall posts from years ago. Here's how you need to update your privacy settings before you or Facebook publishes your Timeline.

4 Facebook Security Tips to Stay Safe in 2012

As Facebook hackers execute more sophisticated attacks, you need to be sure you're protected. Here are four tips from a security expert to keep your Facebook account -- and your personal information -- safe in the coming year.

Facebook Privacy: Creepy Website a Reminder to Know Your Settings

What could happen if your Facebook photos, location information and more get into the wrong hands? This website uses a personalized movie trailer to explore that question, and will undoubtedly leave you with goose bumps.

Facebook Privacy: How the FTC Settlement Affects You

Facebook's settlement with the FTC bars the social network from making false claims about its privacy practices and requires Facebook to, among other measures, obtain users' express consent before sharing their information beyond their existing privacy settings.

Facebook Privacy Tip: How to Disable Sharing in Social Reader Apps

Some Facebook users are unintentionally broadcasting their reading habits to their network. Here's how to find out if you've added one of these social reading apps and how to adjust your privacy settings.

Facebook Privacy: 11 Settings to Revisit Now

With Facebook's constant stream of changes, keeping up with your privacy settings can be daunting. Here's a rundown of the newest features, what the changes mean to your privacy and how to update your settings.

Facebook Subscriptions: 5 Warnings

Curious about Facebook's new Subscribe button? Beware these five pitfalls before jumping in.

Facebook Privacy: Uncovering 5 Important Settings

Three weeks after Facebook launched new privacy controls, these supposedly simpler settings have some users stumped. Here's where you can find five important settings that you need to revisit today.

Facebook Video Calling: How to Get Started and Adjust Privacy Settings

Facebook has some new features, including a partnership with Skype that will bring video calling to users. Here's what you need to know about the new video feature and how to adjust your privacy settings.

Facebook Combats Spam, Clickjacking, With Four New Security Features

Facebook beefs up its security measures to ward off spammers, clickjackers and malware. Here's what you need to know about Facebook's latest efforts to protect users from malicious software.

Facebook Privacy: How to Block Facial Recognition

Facebook now automatically recommends that your friends tag you in photos when it recognizes your face. Here's how to opt-out of this feature.

Facebook Quick Tip: Enable Encryption to Avoid New Privacy Glitch

Some Facebook traffic this week took a misguided trip from AT&T servers through China and South Korea, exposing some user data. To protect yourself against such glitches, here's how to enable Facebook's HTTPS feature.

Slideshow: 10 Must-Know Security Settings

Facebook's seemingly endless tweaks to privacy and security settings leave many people wondering: How secure is my Facebook account? We've rounded up the 10 most important settings for you to check.

Facebook Privacy: Zuckerberg Hack Spurs Two New Security Features

Facebook follows up a breach by rolling out new security measures that target hackers. Here's what you need to know.

Facebook Privacy: 4 Valuable Yet Hard to Find Settings

Facebook has released a lot of updates, changes and additions to its privacy and account settings in the past several months, making it tricky to locate specific settings you might be looking for. Here are four important Facebook privacy settings you should update now, along with instructions on where to find them.

Facebook Quick Tip: 3 More Ways to Shore Up Security

Facebook has made a concerted effort to prioritize security and privacy lately. Here are three new ways you can ensure your account is safe from hackers.

How to Handle the Newest Facebook Privacy "Breach": Relax

Another Facebook privacy snafu, another uproar -- this time including congressmen. But here's why it's much ado about nothing.

Facebook Privacy Settings: Recommended vs. Custom

Facebook's latest privacy revamp streamlined and simplified settings by introducing a new one -- "recommended settings" -- but it's not for everyone. Here's what you need to know about it and how to decide if it's right for you.

Facebook Privacy Fixes: Your Guide to the Newest Changes

After weeks of feeling the heat from disgruntled users, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced three new privacy settings that will roll out gradually to the public. Here's what you need to know.

Facebook Privacy Fix: New Tool Finds Trouble Spots

If Facebook's ever-more-complex privacy settings leave you scratching your head, try this new tool that simplifies it with one click.

Facebook Privacy Changes:5 Can't-Miss Facts

Keeping track of Facebook's updates -- and what they mean to your privacy -- can be daunting. We've demystified this week's changes and created step-by-step instructions for tweaking five privacy settings that need updating now.

Facebook Tips: How to Stay Safe While Using Games and Apps

The maker of the popular FarmVille game has agreed to change its practices that subjected Facebook users to some scammy offers. But the more games and apps that you use on Facebook, the higher your risk for malware, phishing scams and hacking. Here are four tips for staying secure.

Facebook's Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Needs of Users with the Business of Social Networks

Facebook has built out some of the most sophisticated privacy settings for any social network. But CIO asked Chris Kelly, Facebook's chief privacy officer, are people actually using them? And if they are, what effect does that have on Facebook's business model?

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