Facebook privacy settings revamped: good news and bad news

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

First, the good news.

Facebook has simplified its privacy settings.

The incredibly popular social networking site has kept the promise it made last week and come up with an attractive and seemingly simpler replacement for what was a terrifying labyrinth of privacy options.

And there are some positive changes here. For instance, now you’ll be able to control who can see your friends and pages. That information will no longer have to be public.

You can read more about the new privacy settings interface (it hasn’t yet rolled-out for all users) on Facebook’s website.

Now, the bad news.

In my opinion, Facebook missed a chance to regain the trust of those people who are concerned that it doesn’t take the privacy and safety of its users seriously enough.

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.