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Facebook search feature should be a "wakeup call"

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

If you have listened to recent warnings regarding cleaning up your profile on Facebook, you might get through this new Facebook search feature unscathed.

However, everyone needs to pay attention to this new feature.

The new Facebook search called "Graph Search" has started to roll out.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this could evolve into a "dating service" of sorts but not to worry because this new feature was built to be "privacy aware". 

In Facebook terms, what does that really mean?  WBTV's cyber expert, Theresa Payton, is concerned and issues a warning: 

I CAN SEE YOU!  CHECK OUT WHAT THIS NEW SEARCH TOOL CAN DO:

Go to the following blog site:  http://actualfacebookgraphsearches.tumblr.com/

This site shows actual Facebook graph searches and posts them on this page.  You will be astounded at what the tool finds.

WANT TO BE CONSIDERED TO BE PART OF THE BETA PROGRAM?

Go to:  https://www.facebook.com/about/graphsearch

WANT TO READ HOW THE PRIVACY SETTINGS WILL WORK (OR NOT)?

Go to:  https://www.facebook.com/about/graphsearch/privacy

HOW IT WORKS:

1.  Very fast, inclusive search:

Graph Search will find things that you like and search across your network of friends, friends of friends and more. 

2.  No "Opt Out" features

There Is No Way to Opt "Out" of Graph Search

3.  Private Information Is Kind of Private

Just remember that Facebook can always access data you post, even marked private or "just friends"

4.  Key to Remember:  You are for sale

Expect Graph Search Searches to be Stored / Sold / Mined for data

Just as Google search or Amazon searches help marketing departments anticipate what people are looking for, expect Facebook to capitalize on this functionality.

5 TIPS TO DO NOW - MOST TAKE 5 MIN OR LESS!

1.  Check your privacy settings and use privacy settings for EVERY post

2.  Clean up your profile and timeline

The only way to protect yourself from this is to go through your profile and find out what groups you're in.

See something you might not want the whole world to know about? Delete it!

The same goes for photos, videos, and any other aspect of your profile.

3.  Delete from the Activity Log not just Timeline

4.  Going forward:  Limit what you share! 

By limiting what you share, that will help limit what Graph Search will find.  If you mark a post as share with "just friends" then only your "friends" will find it using a Graph Search.

5.  Tell your friends to limit what they share about you!

A photo of you in someone else's Timeline will show up in a Graph Search

You can "untag photos" or ask your friend to take the photo down

WORD OF THE WEEK:

GOZI

The virus, Gozi.  According to experts, this virus infected at least 1 million computers worldwide & stole tens of millions of dollars by stealing log in credentials.  The virus was found in the banking industry and was even spotted on some NASA computers.

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