This week, we've been discussing Facebook's new "open graph," and how many users are increasingly concerned about their privacy on the site. We discussed a couple of days ago that it is important NOT to upload your e-mail addresses to the site, and if you already have, you can ask Facebook to remove them from the friend suggestion feature, here (sign in to Facebook, first).
Another important step to protect your web-surfing privacy is to uncheck the "instant personalization" box here (sign into Facebook, first).
You will also need to review your privacy settings and your application settings, and set them to a desirable level. Delete any applications you are no longer using. Also, remember, there is no need to publish your full birthdate on your profile, and doing so will make things that much easier for would-be identity theives.
Finally, the folks at ReclaimPrivacy.org have developed an open-source bookmark which can help you scan your privacy settings to alert you to any holes you may have left open. Duct Tape Marketing has more info about how to use this tool, and Mashable and Forbes have good commentary. As with any third-party app, use at your own risk. I ran the tool, and was pleased with the results - it alerted me to a couple of settings I'd left unedited that I was able to fix.
(Hat-Tip for this tip to Tom Whitcomb, via Google Reader)
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is a trainer and tech writer in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. Her weakness is the mocha frappuccino.