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Top 5 Facebook Privacy Settings You Need To Know (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/03/10 10:36 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:40 PM ET

Facebook responded to user outcry over the site's more permissive and complex privacy settings by announcing new, simplified privacy controls that aim to give users more ownership over their personal information.

Providing these more straightforward and easy-to-use privacy settings is a good first step--but for these changes to be effective, Facebook users need to know what the new controls are, and how to use them.

We've put together a guide to five crucial new privacy settings every Facebook user needs to know and check, with instructions on how to access them and why they matter.

Check them out in the slideshow below, then tell us: What do you think of Facebook's new privacy controls? Are they enough or do they still fall short?

Public Search Visibility
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Do you want people to be able to locate and view a preview of your Facebook profile when they search for your name on a search engine? If not, it's crucial you disable your visibility on Public Search. As Facebook explains, "Public search controls whether things you've specifically chosen to share with everyone show up in searches on and off Facebook. It also controls whether people who enter your name in a search engine will see a preview of your Facebook profile."
To access: Click Account-->Privacy Settings--> Applications and Websites --> Public Search
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