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Facebook Privacy Scanner

By Isabel Kallman

Have you been following the backlash to Facebook’s new privacy settings?  See Facebook launched new privacy measures and in doing so effectively unlocked many features that users previously set as private.  Ooh the irony.

Conspiracy theories aside, the fact is that Facebook users need to now physically go into their Facebook account and update (and reset) their privacy settings.  Easier said than done, with lots of consumer complaints about not understanding what exactly is visible (photo albums need to be locked individually?!?!) and not.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a program that could scan for your privacy weaknesses and then with just one click take you to your Facebook settings to make the changes tout suite?

Well, now there now is.


This website provides an independent tool for scanning your Facebook privacy settings. It’s simple. Just drag the bookmarklet into your toolbar. Login to Facebook. Launch the scanner and see where your privacy stands on Facebook. The scanner operates entirely within your own browser so they never see your Facebook data; also, they never share your personal information.

Here’s a screenshot of my Facebook profile pre-cleanup. On the “insecure” line, clicking on the underlined “accidentally share” took me directly to those specific account settings in the maze that is Facebook’s privacy section. From there I was able to go into lockdown mode. If I had a tween or teen, I’d be there before I could….

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Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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  • Hi, I'm Natalie.

    May 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Thank you. Done!

  • Boston Mamas

    May 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I manually checked my settings a couple of weeks ago but I’m totally going to use this and rescan periodically because — as much as I find Facebook handy — I don’t trust them not to reset the settings randomly without telling anyone.

  • Jaymee

    May 19, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I can’t get it to work. When I clicked on your link it took me to the page that had the directions and it said, “Drag this link to your web browser bookmarks bar: Scan for Privacy.” Well for starters I don’t know what a bookmark bar is, and I don’t think I have one. I have my “favorites” and I’ve always called them bookmarks, but it’s not a bar. Plus when I tried to drag it anywhere nothing “dragged” Maybe I’m doing something wrong, or maybe it only works with Macs (I’m a PC). Either way, it doesn’t work.

    Isabel: I’m sorry you couldn’t get it work for you. But it’s unfair to write “it doesn’t work,” because it does. I tried it myself. They also have close to 40k fans on Facebook, which most likely means that those people most likely got it to work too.

    BUT, I understand your frustration and apparently you are not alone. On’s Facebook page there are requests for simplified instructions. It includes video walkthroughs. Hope this helps!

  • Jaymee

    May 20, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Ok, I got it now!! YAY!! If you are using Internet Explorer this is how it is done:

    1. Click on the “Tools” tab at the top right hand corner of your screen. Go to “toolbars” and make sure there is a check next to the “Links” option.

    2. Then go the the ‘Reclaim Privacy’ website and instead of “dragging” the shortcut right click on it and add to favorites.

    3. Go to you favorites and make sure that the “Scan for Privacy” shortcut is in the “Links” folder.

    4. At this point you go to your Facebook and click on the link in your Links toolbar just like the directions on the website say.

    I hope this helps anyone else that is having problems and is using Internet Explorer!

    Isabel: Yay, Jaymee. Thanks for coming back and helping us out on IE!