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    Default Facebook Privacy Scanner - Scan your Facebook privacy settings

    I heard about the ReclaimPrivacy.org Facebook Privacy Scanner from Merijn Bellekom (the creator of HijackThis and other applications). He tested it and found that it does not work in Opera but works great in Firefox.

    ReclaimPrivacy.org | Facebook Privacy Scanner
    This website provides an independent and open tool for scanning your Facebook privacy settings. The source code and its development will always remain open and transparent.



    1. Drag this link to your web browser bookmarks bar: Scan for Privacy
    2. Log in to facebook.com and then click that bookmark
    3. You will see a series of privacy scans that inspect your privacy settings and warn you about settings that might be unexpectedly public.
    My results are shown in the attached image.
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    Thanks for this, I had a few problems but quickly sorted them out. Yet if I wouldn't have even known scary thought!

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    This is one way to cool tool.

    Trivia:

    When Facebook started you had to have a .edu email address to join and the security settings were all defaulted to the most secure settings.
    Last edited by roraniel; 17th May 2010 at 22:14.

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    Looks like I have to pay attention to my FB settings!



    Tweaking then right away.

    Thanks Corrine, this was much needed!

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    It doesn't work .
    After logging into my facebook account i am pressing that link from the bookmark menu, and all i get is the content of that script.
    http://tinypic.com/r/xn9sft/5

    I've disabled NoScript and i still have that problem.
    I have Mozilla 3.6.3.

    L.E.
    Solved it.
    If i follow your link i am going on thos page: reclaimprivacy.org/facebook
    After doing what i am reading there, i get the above error.
    But if i go to reclaimprivacy.org and i bookmark the link from that page, it's all Ok.
    Last edited by AlexandruD; 18th May 2010 at 08:42. Reason: Found the solution.

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    Great tool, thanks for sharing.

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    Thank you so much for this Corrine. It even fixes them for you. this is awesome.

    Andy, don't feel bad, I had the same thing.

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    Thank you for this tool. I had an insecure "Prevent friends from sharing your data".

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    good job...nice.. bdw,guys,Facebook has recently been caught discreetly adding and changing various privacy settings with little to no notification to users. Did you know that a few weeks ago a new privacy update was implemented giving outside businesses access to your personal Facebook info? That... See More’s right – your very own posts, photos, friends, and activities will now become available to an array of websites and corporations, unless, that is, you choose to opt-out from this option. But you have to do it yourself and you have to do it manually.

    Facebook Tip 1 - Applications and Websites Privacy Settings
    To block outside businesses and websites from accessing your personal info on Facebook you must opt-out. Here are step by step instructions:

    1. Click on the Account button in the upper right corner of the Facebook interface
    2. Select ‘Privacy Settings’
    3. Select ‘Applications and Websites’
    4. Go to ‘Instant Personalization Pilot Program’ and click ‘Edit Setting’
    5. At the bottom of the screen, uncheck the box to opt-out from allowing these outside sources to access your personal Facebook info

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