How to protect your Facebook privacy

HOUSTON - Facebook has unveiled a new way for people to search for other people, but the new feature has raised privacy concerns.

The new graph search is in beta testing, which means there are some bugs to be worked out. The new search will allow users to search by employer, hometown, likes, relationship status and more.

What if you don't want to share your information? You need to update your privacy settings.

The first thing you need to do is limit who can search for you. To stop friends of friends from seeking you out, take these steps:

  • Click on the lock icon on the top right of your profile page
  • Click "edit" next to "who can look up your timeline by name"
  • Select "friends" from the drop-down menu that appears
  • Click "close"

After you've done that, check your activity log. You'll need to remove photos your friends have tagged you in.

  • Click the lock icon on the top right of your profile page
  • Click "use activity log" to review all your posts and things you're tagged in
  • Click "report/remove tag"
  • Select "I want this photo removed from Facebook"
  • Click "continue"

A message will be sent to the person who posted that item, assuming it's not you, requesting that they remove it.

You can also limit who can see older status updates, likes and check-ins. Once you take that step, it's difficult to undo it.

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