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Online Marketing Blog: Facebook’s Facial Recognition Software Breeches Privacy

You just got caught uncompromising picture on Facebook. Although you’re a bit irritated, you think to yourself, “It’s not a big deal.” After all, all you have to do is use the magical button called untag. Sure, the picture is still out there but, unless someone deliberately goes searching for it, it’s not connected to you.

Unfortunately, people are finding out the hard way that Facebook’s new gadget may surface embarrassing photos unintentionally. The program, called facial recognition technology, is supposed to help users tag their friends in photos. What it does is it constantly analyzes your friends’ Facebook albums and determines if any of the pictures look like you.

This is pretty impressive when you think about it… and also pretty creepy. While your friends will still be the ones doing the tagging, Facebook is pointing, specifically, you out. The problem with this is that some people are saying this makes Facebook the one sharing personal information by default.

Naturally, not everyone is ecstatic— especially the people who still don’t know how to manage their Facebook privacy settings properly. And, it certainly doesn’t help that Facebook didn’t extend any prior notice about the matter.

My suggestion? If you are feeling a bit weary about the consequences of this new program, it might be a good idea to disable it. Disabling on Facebook is rather easy, once you know what you are looking for. For this particular program all you have to do is follow these steps:

1. Go to your Facebook’s privacy settings.
2. Click on “Customize settings.”
3. Look for “Things to Share.” Under which, you will see “Suggest photos of me to friends. When photos look like me, suggest my name.”
4. Click on “Edit settings.”
5. Changed the “Enabled” to “Disable” and press “OK”

And, volia! You have successfully blocked it. Just keep in mind that technology is always changing, and it might be a good idea to check out your Facebook privacy settings more then every once and awhile.

You know, just for old pictures’ sake.

Social Media Blog: Have you checked your Facebook privacy settings recently?

Is your birth date on your Facebook or another social network profile? How about your school or hometown information? And are you one of those individuals who also uses private/personal information as an answer to security questions for online banking and online accounts? Are you getting where I'm going with this?
 
Cyber criminals can harvest all this information from your profiles if you are not hiding these private details from strangers. Also note that you face risk even if you are sharing this information only with friend if the friend's account gets compromised.

So how can you protect yourself?
 
Check your privacy settings. Determine who is allowed to view what information. Hide details from everyone who doesn't need to know personalized information. Be careful about adding people whom you don't know as friends. Think before you share any private information online including vacation plans, dinner out plans, and anything that compromise your security.

When was the last time you checked your Facebook privacy settings? I checked mine settings again today. Make this a recurring task on your calendar to make sure that any new additions to your friends or followers are thoroughly checked and your information remains as private as possible.

Identity threat is real. Cyber criminals are combing online websites to find their next victim. Don't become one.