Facebook Timeline and Tagging Privacy Settings

After the Randi Zuckerberg Facebook Photo Sharing incident, it appears that most Facebook Users have not properly set their Facebook Privacy and Timeline and Tagging Setting. Here is InternetRemoval.com’s recommended Privacy and Timeline & Tagging Settings.

Recommended Privacy Settings

1) Privacy Settings – Settings, Privacy Settings

Facebook Recommended Privacy Settings

  • Who can see your future posts? We recommend you limit your audience for your default setting using the Custom Setting. To do this, you will need to organize your Friends into lists since to Facebook, “Friends” really means “Public Friends”. If you haven’t done this, see this Facebook article Organizing Your Friends (We recommend creating groups Close Friends, Family, Business, College/High School – a friend can be a member of multiple groups).
  • Review all your posts and things you’ve tagged in: Use Activity Log 
  • Limit the audience for posts you’ve shared with friends or Public? Limit Past Posts
  • Who can send you friend requests? You can set this to Everyone to accept Friend Requests from those outside your circle of friends. 
  • Whose messages do I want filtered to my inbox? Basic Filtering
  • Who can look you up using the email address or phone number you provided? Friends is recommended vs Everyone or Friends of Friends.
  • Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline? Off (Google and the other Search Engines shouldn’t index your Facebook Timeline)

Facebook Recommended Privacy Settings

2) Timeline and Tagging Settings

Ensure you change the settings below from Friends or Friends of Friends to the settings below “Only Me”.

Recommended Settings

Facebook Timeline Privacy Settings

For your information, the default Facebook Timeline Privacy Settings are below.

Default Settings
Facebook Timeline and Tagging Privacy Settings, Randi Zuckerberg

How to Remove SchoolFeed from Facebook

SchoolFeed owned by Classmates.com acts like a Virus
SchoolFeed Virus Classmates.com

If you get the above screen, do not click Cancel. If you do, it will still act like a virus and post the original SchoolFeed post on your Wall to your Facebook Profile Page.

SchoolFeed, was purchased in 2012 by the owner of Classmates.com. You do not need this application, if you want to see your friends on Classmates.com, go directly to that site. There is no advantage to using SchoolFeed, it is predatory and begins posting your photo on your Friends, their Friends walls. That is horrible unless you want your photo as the poster person for SchoolFeed.

We tried a number of different methods, but the recommended solution is to use the Block apps Facebook feature. After that, you should delete any posting on your Wall or Profile Page. Here are the steps:

1. Go to your Facebook Privacy Settings Page – Use the Down Arrow in the upper right top of your Facebook Profile Page and click Privacy Settings.

2. Under Privacy Settings, click Mange Blocking under Blocked People and Apps.

3. Under Block apps, add schoolFeed to your list of Block apps.

Facebook Settings, Privacy, Block apps

How To Remove Trending Videos from Facebook – Socialcam Trending Videos

Removing Facebook Social Ads

Step-by-Step Instructions – Remove Facebook Trending Videos

In May 2012, Facebook launched a new Trending Videos widget that is automatically posted to your Facebook News Feed. What is intrusive about this feed is that the top videos are from Socialcam or Viddy, and to watch these trending videos you once again must install these Social Media Apps. In addition, the Facebook Privacy settings do not provide a privacy setting to enable or disable Facebook Trending Videos. Here are recommended steps to block Socialcam and Viddy from posting on your Wall.

If you haven’t noticed these videos on your Facebook News Feed, here is an example:

New Facebook Trending Videos Widget
Remove Facebook Trending Videos, Socialcam Trending Videos

1. From your Facebook Timeline, select Privacy Settings

Remove Trending Videos

2. Under Blocked People and Apps, select Manage BlockingFacebook Block Socialcam, Block Viddy

3. Under Block apps, enter Socialcam

Block Viddy

Remove viddy

After blocking these Apps, you should not see Socialcam or Viddy videos on your Facebook News Feed. There may be other videos on the Trending Video Widget, if those videos require you to install an App to view them, you can also block those Apps. It would be nice to see Facebook add a privacy setting to block Video Apps that require App installation.

Facebook Site Governance Vote – Voting Ends Jun 8, 2012 9:00 AM PDT

Facebook Site Governance Vote

Facebook Voting Page
Click Here – To Vote by June 8, 2012 9:00 am PDT

Facebook Voting Information Page

Click Here – Voting Information

Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

Data Use Policy

Our Vote – Here’s what out Voting Screen Looks Like

To cast an “educated” vote, you would need to read the above four documents. You will vote to either keep the old documents or for the new ones.

Facebook Governance Vote

Our Vote – Results as of 6-5-2012, 15:107 pm ET

Facebook Vote Results

How to Block Someone on Facebook in 5 Minutes

How To Block Someone in Facebook in 5 Minutes

Editors Note: Is there someone that you want to block from seeing your Facebook Profile? Someone you don’t want knowing your business? A Former Girl Friend/Boy Friend, Former Spouse, a Family Member, a Stalker, a person from High School or College, a Co-worker or someone who is driving you nuts and is simply being disrespectful in a Facebook Group. Here are instructions for Blocking that Person from Viewing Your Facebook Timeline or Home Page. This will also Block them from seeing your posts in a Facebook Group and you can’t see theirs!

How To Block a Person in Facebook

1. From the Facebook Menu, Click the Down Arrow at the top right of your Facebook Home or Timeline page, select Privacy Settings.

Facebook Privacy Settings

2. Go to the bottom of the page, Blocked People and Apps, click Manage Blocking.

Facebook Manage Blocking Privacy Setting

3. Enter the name or email address of the person you want to block and click Block.

How To Block Users from Facebook

How to Block a Person in Facebook – Alternate Method

1. Go to the person’s profile (Facebook timeline page)

2. Select Report/Block This Person from the dropdown box.

How to Block Mark Zuckerberg from your facebook

3. Under Report and/or Block This Person, select the checkbox, Block Person’s Name, click Confirm.

Confirm Block Facebook

Notes on Blocking

  • Notification – The Facebook user will not be notified that you are blocking them.
  • Blocking – Once you block a Facebook Person, this user will not be able to see your user name or public profile page when logged in to Facebook. If they are not logged into Facebook, they will be able to see your public Facebook page.
  • Facebook Person – You can only block a Facebook Person or User.
  • Facebook Page – You cannot block the Administrator(s) of a Facebook Page. That said, you can block the Administrator if you know his full name and you find him/her in the Facebook  Directory.
  • Facebook Groups – Once you block a Facebook Person or user, they will not be able to see your posts to a Group and you will not be able to see their Facebook posts to the group.
  • Blocking Limitations – If you Unblock someone from Facebook, you won’t be able to Block them again for 48 hours.

Facebook: How to block someone?

How To Remove Facebook Ads – Disable Facebook Social Ads in 5 Minutes

Removing Facebook Social Ads

Step-by-Step Instructions for Removing Facebook Social Ads

Here are instructions for removing yourself from appearing in Facebook Social Ads on your Facebook Friend’s Walls like the one below. In most cases, these ads are served after you use the Facebook “Like” feature.

Remove Facebook Ads

1. Click the Down Arrow next to the Home button and select Account Settings.

Remove Ads from Facebook Step 1

2. In the left Navigation, select Facebook Ads

Account Settings - Facebook Ads

3. Under Ads Shown by third parties, select Edit third party ad settings.

Ads shown by third parties - facebook settings

4. Under Ads shown by third parties, change the selection from “Only my friends” to “No one”. Click Save Changes.

Change from only my friends to no one

5. Under Ads and friends, select Edit social ad setting

Ads and Friends, Social Ads Setting

6. Under Ads and Friends, change the default selection from “Only my friends” to “No one”. Click Save Changes.

Change Only my friends default to Only me

If you would like some further assistance in removing your personal information from the Internet, call our InternetRemoval.com Customer Service Team at 1-888-591-9828 or use our Contact Us form.

Is Facebook Stealing Your iPhone Contacts? Download your Data

Is Facebook stealing mobile contacts, facebook addressbook

Facebook’s Enhanced Data Archive Now Lists Cell Phone Numbers Stored

With Facebook’s May 2012 Enhanced Data Archive Release, there is finally publicly available evidence to consumers that Facebook is copying cell phone numbers and email addresses from your perceived private and confidential iPhone Contacts and storing them. We downloaded our Enhanced Data Archive and noticed a new category “Address Book”. In our Address Book, we found a random and chilling list of business contacts and friends. The individuals that made our list were those that were not our Facebook Friends. It appears that after installing the Facebook App on our iPhone, Facebook is copying our Contact list and storing a random list of personal and business cell phone numbers and email addresses entered into our Apple iPhone Contacts for their “People You May Know”, “Find Friends” or  “Suggested Friends” feature.

Like other Apple iPhone Users with the Facebook Application installed, we don’t remember giving Facebook permission to access and “store” potentially confidential phone numbers and email addresses in our cell phone. In February 2012, Dustin Curtis wrote in his blog, “It’s not really a secret, per se, but there’s a quiet understanding among many iOS app developers that it is acceptable to send a user’s entire address book, without their permission, to remote servers and then store it for future reference.” Curtis reports that iOS Developers admit to having Contact Databases with millions of records, some that include Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Larry Ellison.

We downloaded our Enhanced Data Archive and found the following screen. There was a list of contacts in our address book with a Contact Names. These names were an exact copy of cell phone numbers and email addresses from our iPhone. It was not our complete iPhone address book. The Contact Names and Numbers have been redacted, but you get the point.

Facebook Enhanced Archive Data, Address Book


The Online Privacy Issues

  • Apple iPhone – Apple shouldn’t allow default access to a users’s private and confidential contact list without their opt-in permission. The consumer rightfully thinks and deserves that their cell phone contact list is private and confidential.
  • Facebook Address Book Removal Feature — Sure Facebook is now disclosing in their Enhanced Data Archive your information they are storing. Now they need a feature to remove this “private and confidential” information. Without that, the only consumer option is to delete your Facebook Account? And even if you delete your Facebook account, does that mean that they will be deleting your information from their servers. Twitter currently provides this a feature to remove the contact list from their servers.
  • Cell Phone Number Privacy – Facebook should not be storing copies of their user’s private and confidential phone numbers on their servers. As a industry leader and now public company, even after discovering Apple intentional or unintentional exposing of this personal information, why would they take the next step and save this information.

Finally, it’s apparent that Facebook’s position would be that they are just trying to make make their “People You May Know” feature more relevant. But “downloading” and “storing” the personal cell phone number of say the President of the United States from his doctor or personal friend that happens to have the Facebook App installed on his phone in our opinion is morally and ethically wrong. It’s not only time for Apple to fix this mobile security bug but for Facebook and other companies to re-think their core privacy business practices.

www.dcurtis.is – Dustin Curtis
Huffington Post

How Do I Remove Viddy from your Facebook Wall – Videos I Watched

Viddy Removal Instructions, Viddy Privacy

Quick Removal Settings – How to Remove Videos I Watch

One of the most virus-like settings in Viddy is Videos I Watch. Each time you watch a Viddy Video, the video will be posted to your Facebook Timeline. Furthermore, to watch the Video, your Facebook Friends would have to join Viddy/add the Facebook App. Viddy is the new 15 Second Video Sharing App with 26 million users. Viddy celebrity investors include Shakira (Entertainer) , Jay-Z (Entertainer) , Will Smith (Actor) , Gerald Pique (Athlete), Jeff Kearl (Skill Candy) and Biz Stone (Twitter co-Founder) Here are instructions for Disabling this Setting.

Viddy - Videos I watch Privacy Setting

By default, the feature to Publish Videos I Watch to your Facebook Timeline is selected. Here are instructions to disable or turn off the Videos I Watch setting in Viddy.

  1. From your Facebook Home Screen, Under Apps, select Viddy.
  2. Click Settings
  3. Under Account Settings, select Timeline from the top menu
  4. Under Publish to Timeline, de-select Videos I Watch (You may also want to de-select Videos I Share)
Viddy Sharing Options – Facebook Timline Posts on your behalf
You may also want to check your Viddy  Sharing Options. We selected Only Me, but you can set as Close Friends, Family if you have configured your Facebook Group settings.

Viddy Sharing Settings

Viddy Sharing

  1. From your Facebook Home Screen, Under Apps, just left of the Viddy Icon, select Edit Settings. The Edit button will appear when you position your mouse to the left of the Viddy Icon.
  2. Under Viddy, Posts on your behalf, the Default Option is Everyone. You can select Me, Close Friends, Family, or create a Custom Viddy distribution group for your videos.

Viddy iPhone App – Remove Videos I Watched Settings

Viddy iPhone Remove Viddy

  1. From your iPhone, access the Viddy App
  2. Select the Icon in the right bottom corner of the screen with @
  3. Select the Settings Gear Icon in the right top of the screen
  4. Select Configure Services
  5. Select Facebook
  6. Under Publish to Timelime, de-select Videos I Watch. (We de-selected People I Follow)

Other Information

Social Off Viddy Setting

  • From your computer or desktop interface, Viddy has a Social Off Setting. You can disable Sharing using this setting.
Remove Viddy – Instructions for Removing Viddy

Remove Viddy

  • From your computer or desktop interface, Viddy has a Remove Viddy or uninstall Viddy selection.

Uninstall Viddy

  • From Your Facebook Home Screen, Click Edit Settings, then Remove App

How To Disable Socialcam Videos I Watch in Facebook – Quick Removal

Disable Socialcam, Turn Off Socialcam, Remove Socialcam, Delete Socialcam
Is Facebook Publishing the Socialcam Videos You Watch?

Over  51 Million Facebook User Walls contain Socialcam Videos. Once you Watch the Video and Install the Socialcam App, it’s very possible that every time you watch a Socialcam Video, Socialcam will post a notification to your wall displaying the Video you Watched to all your friends. Is this Viral or a Virus? Is this a Facebook Privacy Breech? A Facebook Virus? That’s debatable but here’s how to check your Socialcam settings:

In the Socialcam Facebook Application Settings, under Auto Sharing, make sure you uncheck the boxes:

  • Publish my Socialcam actions
  • Publish videos I watch to Facebook

Here are other more detailed articles at www.InternetRemoval.com with step-by-step instructions:

How to Remove Socialcam Auto Sharing in Facebook

How Do I Delete My Socialcam Account?

If you need assistance in removing information off the Internet or other online privacy issues, contact or call us at 1-888-591-9828.

How to Download Your Facebook Enhanced Data Archive – 2012


Facebook Privacy Data Download

On May 4, 2012, we were finally able to download our Facebook Enhanced Data Archive. The file was only 44KB but it contained some data and account history that is permanently on the Facebook servers and cannot be removed.

  • Datr Authentication Cookie Info – A copy of Facebook Cookies that are stored under our Facebook Account.
  • Events – A list of all Events we’ve attending.
  • IP Addresses – A list of IP Addresses, some were from 6 years ago when we travelled Internationally.
  • Pending Friend Requests – Both requests you have send and received.
  • Login/Logout Info – For Facebook.com, their Mobile and iPad sties including IP Addresses.
  • Previous Name/Relationship Info – This is history data that is permanently archived by Facebook.

On April 12, 2012, Facebook announced on its Facebook Privacy Page that it began expanding its Archive feature to its 845 million monthly active users. In Europe, 40,000 Facebook users requested a full copy of the data that Facebook has compiled on each of them. Under the European privacy law, Facebook had to comply with these requests.

Below are instructions on how to Download the Enhanced Data Archive.

Step By Step Instructions

1. Click the account menu at the top right of any Facebook page

2. Choose Account Settings

3. Click on “Download a copy of your Facebook data”

Facebook Download Personal Information

4. Under What’s Not in My Archive, Click Expanded Archive

Facebook Enhanced Archive

Facebook Enhanced Archive

Facebook Start My Archive - Enhanced Archive

5. You will receive a notification that your request is pending.

Facebook Enhaned Archive

6. In about 3 hours, we received an email that your download was ready. We logged into Facebook using the steps above and re-entered our password.

FB Download Personal Data

FB Download

7. Our Facebook Download file was 44 KB. It did not include the same data as the main Facebook download file. It included the 1 folder (html):


Index.html – A HTML file allowing you to navigate your Faceboook Enhanced Data

html folder (see item 8 for more info)

  • style.css
  • account_status_changes.html – Dates when your account was reactivated, deactivated, disabled or deleted
  • address.html – Address, City/Town, Neighborhood, Zip, Country, Residence, Room, Mailbox
  • *Addressbook.html – Contacts from your iPhone or Mobile Phone Address book and their Phone/Cell Phone Numbers.
  • *admin_apps.html – Facebook Apps you Admin.
  • *admin_pages.html – Facebook Pages you admin.
  • *alternate_name.html – An Alternate Name, if used.
  • *apps.html – Facebook Apps you have installed on your Computer and Mobile Device(s).
  • birthday.html – Birthday visibility setttings (for example: Show only month & day in my profile).
  • cities.html – City and Hometown info.
  • *currency.html – A currency, if set.
  • datr.html – a list of cookies, and the date they were issued (although the list of cookies doesn’t tell you anything).
  • *deleted_friends.html – Friends that you deleted, their real name.
  • *educations.html – School Name, Graudated, Degree, Concentrations, Classes (if entered).
  • *emails.html – Current Emails, Pending Emails, Previous Emails
  • events.html – Events you accepted, declined, and responded maybe to (Event Name, Location, Event Start Time, Event End Time, RSVP status).
  • family.html – The names of the family members you’ve listed on your account
  • friend_requests.html – Pending Sent and Pending Received Friend Requests.
  • ipaddresses.html (IP addresses that Facebook has stored – we found IP Addresses from our travel abroad)
  • languages.html – Spoken Languages
  • *linked_accounts.html – Provider Name, Account Identifier (examples: MyOpenID)
  • *locale.html – Example: en_US
  • logins.html – IP Address Login (Facebook.com, m.Facebook.com, Facebook for iPad) and IP Address, Date/Time
  • logouts.html – Ip Address, Date/time and Site.
  • names.html – Previous names
  • networks.html – Networks
  • *notifications.html – Facebook Notifications for Facebook Features such as “Adds you as a friend, Pokes you” and Third Party Mobile Apps.
  • phones.html – Phone Number, Type (Mobile), Verified
  • photo.jpg – Current Profile Photo
  • *physical_tokens.html – Name, ID, State
  • pokes.html – Date/Time, Author, Recipient
  • relationship.html – Relationship Info
  • *screennames.html- Service, Screen Name, Is Hidden? (Examples: Twitter, Skype)
  • *subscribers.html – if any.

8.On May 4, 2012, we ran the Facebook Enhanced Archive Data. Since this information was rolled out gradually to the Facebook User Community, this was the first time we were able to request it. Below is more information on the data that is included in the Facebook Enhanced Archive Data.

*On May 25, 2012, we ran the Facebook Enhanced Archive Data again. The entries with an “*” asterisk represent the new entries.  

The Facebook Enhanced Data Archive contained a new Address Book feature that contained Contact Names, Cell Phone Numbers and Email Addresses from our Apple iPhone. Click Here – Is Facebook Stealing Your iPhone Contacts?

Facebook Enhanced Archive

Your enhanced archive contains additional info about your account, along with data that’s logged when you interact with Facebook. This could include:

  • IP addresses: Any IP addresses we have stored (this won’t be all of the IP addresses that have ever accessed your account)
  • Login info: A list of the logins we have stored (this won’t include every login during your account’s history)
  • Log out info: The IP addresses from which you logged out
  • Pending friend requests: Friend requests you sent and friend requests you received but haven’t accepted or denied
  • Account status changes: Dates when your account was reactivated, deactivated, disabled or deleted
  • Poke info: Information about the pokes you’ve exchanged
  • Events info: Events you accepted, declined, and responded maybe to
  • Other profile (timeline) info:

    • The mobile phone numbers you’ve added to your account
    • Your city and hometown (whatever is currently listed)
    • The names of the family members you’ve listed on your account
    • Your relationship info (names and statuses)
    • A list of the languages you’ve added to your profile
    • A history of any changes you’ve made to the name on your account

Sources: NYTimes.com, Facebook.com

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