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2. Remove Yourself from Searches

One of the main privacy settings that generates a lot of controversy is basic directory information which is available to Internet search engines, such as Google. Basic information includes your name, profile picture, gender, and associated networks. To prevent your Facebook profile from appearing in search engine listings, you must deselect the public search option:

  1. Click the Account menu and click Privacy Settings.
  2. Click the Edit Your Settings link under the area labeled Applications and Websites (look for it at the bottom of the Choose Your Privacy Settings page).
  3. Under the area labeled Public Search, click the Edit Settings button. This opens the page shown in Figure 2 where you can opt out of public searches on the Internet.
  4. Simply deselect the Enable Public Search check box.

You can also control Facebook searches; that is searches done within the Facebook site. Back on the Choose Your Privacy Settings Page, click the View settings link under the heading Basic Directory Information. Look for the Search for me on Facebook heading and click the drop-down menu to change the setting.

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