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The One Foolproof Way to Protect Your Facebook Privacy
By: Christine Geraci
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Very soon, Facebook will no longer allow you to stop people from searching for your timeline by name.
 
The rationale, as Facebook explained in a recent message on the homepage, is that the "Who can look up your Timeline by name" setting is no longer relevant. 

"When we created this setting, the only way to find you on Facebook was to search for your specific name," the message states. "Now, people can come across your Timeline in other ways: for example if a friend tags you in a photo, which links to your Timeline, or if people search for phrases like 'People who like The Beatles,' or 'People who live in Seattle,' in Graph Search."
 
Good point, I suppose. 
 
Just one problem: Enabling anyone to look up your timeline by name basically means you can no longer hide your very presence on Facebook. 
 
Even if people who aren't your friends won't be able to see everything on your timeline, they'll know you're there. 
 
And when you think about it, no one really has the right to be angry about this.
 
Remember Zuckerberg's Law? This is just another chapter in the progression toward infinite sharing. 
 
I could start to go into some ways you could protect your privacy in lieu of these changes, but none of them are as effective as this one trick:
 
Just stop using Facebook.
 
Can't do that? Then don't complain. 


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About the Author
Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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