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Recent Facebook privacy surveys prompted the company to launch Facebook privacy checkups. These checks will remind users when they are sharing publicly. It is part of a larger effort to improve Facebook privacy settings and security efforts.
Facebook Privacy Checkup
Facebook is sending out pop-up messages to users who share posts publicly. These messages are meant to prompt users to confirm these settings or change them to more private ones. They are targeted to users who have not recently made changes to their Facebook privacy settings. The company will be sending out 80 trillion messages every day.
The Facebook privacy checkup is intended to encourage users to proactively secure their posts. Facebook surveyed about 4000 users in 27 languages. The Facebook privacy surveys revealed that Facebook privacy is a huge concern among users universally. The company responded with the pop-up messages that remind users to control their privacy settings. Sharing posts publicly means that the information is available to everyone on the site. Sharing profiles and pages publicly opens up personal information to anyone on the Internet who is looking. The Facebook privacy messages also remind users that they are in control of their privacy on the site. They therefore need to take control to secure their data privacy.
How Facebook Privacy Works
The Facebook privacy surveys also showed the company that users don’t know much about how Facebook privacy works. Michael Nowak, privacy manager at Facebook, shared what respondents commented about Facebook privacy. They said that Facebook privacy policies and settings have changed so much over the past few years. They also said that they have not been properly informed about the changes. The Facebook privacy manager owned up to the company’s faults in this area. Now they are trying to make up for it.
The company now details the Facebook privacy mechanism. They explain for instance that sharing with friends can mean that the information gets reshared. Reshares make the information available to mutual friends. This is part of a larger plan to change the perception of Facebook’s attitude towards privacy. CEO Mark Zuckerberg cemented that perception with his many controversial comments about Facebook privacy. The most memorable was his statement in 2010 about Facebook privacy being a non-issue because Internet privacy basically no longer existed.
Facebook privacy is a whole new ball game today. They have two teams that are dedicated to Facebook privacy and security settings. They are making real efforts now to avert data leaks and ensure that posts are shown to only the users that they are meant for. They are also moving Facebook privacy settings around physically to make it easier for users to make important changes. For instance, the Facebook app for iPhones moved the audience settings to the upper left corner for easy access. It will be moved on desktops, too.
VPN Connection Security
Using a VPN provides additional data security for Facebook users. The new Facebook privacy policies and settings secure data on the site. VPNs secure data transmitted to and from the site. Hackers and thieves can attempt to intercept data from users’ connections. The VPN secures this data so that it cannot be stolen as people use Facebook. Online privacy and security for Facebook users is not limited to privacy settings on the Facebook website or in Facebook app. A VPN also secures other data that is transmitted from the user’s computer. This is so that thieves and hackers can’t steal Facebook login codes or other account details. Hackers and thieves will scour a user’s activities to find anything they can use to compromise account security. VPNs protect all of a user’s traffic so all the data is encrypted and stays private.