If you’re a Facebook user, your pictures, bio, posts, and other activity make up a treasure trove of data about you. Consumers worried that their personal information is vulnerable, according to a recent report from Pew Research, listed hackers and criminals as their top online-security concern.

“For many people, [the question isn’t] if you’ll get hacked; it’s when,” privacy expert Hayley Kaplan says. “Too many people give up far too much information on Facebook, and too many of them are unfamiliar with their settings.”

Users need to stay on top of what they are sharing with Facebook and others, she says, as the social network’s settings and policies evolve.

Facebook Privacy“Facebook changes [privacy and security settings] a lot. One year, one setting might exist, and the next year, it’s gone,” Kaplan says. “Though they have done more to be open, transparent, and straightforward with their settings, it’s not foolproof. You need to actively take part in your own privacy and security.”

From making yourself harder to find to removing your location and search data, here are seven Facebook settings and features to revisit.

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KRISTIN BURNHAM
CONTRIBUTING WRITER – THE PARALLAX

Kristin BurnhamKristin Burnham, a contributing writer, has covered social media, online privacy, IT careers, and technology news in a variety of positions at CIO magazine and CIO.com. She most recently was a senior editor at InformationWeek. Kristin is based in Massachusetts, which means that she’s been spoiled by a decade of winning sports teams.

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