Recent privacy changes in Facebook has caused a stir in the blogosphere and on Facebook as hotties continue to reeive dozens of Facebook requests a day from random perverts. Digging further, you probably discovered that your profile picture was no longer private and available for anyone who searched for you.
Apparently this was one of the few subtle changes to Facebook’s privacy settings made recently, Facebook is looking to make more information public, privacy settings are now highly customizable allowing virtually any information in your profile to be set to be visible to the public. For now, based on the Facebook Help Centre:
A basic set of information is publicly available, meaning it’s visible to anyone that’s able to navigate to your profile, applications you use on Facebook, and websites you connect with via Facebook. This information includes your name, profile picture, gender, current city, networks, friend list, and Pages. Any additional information (eg., photos or videos) will only be exposed if your privacy settings allow it.
Apart from the above information, which you have no control over customizing anymore, note that any comment or status update made is considered in the search results, so you need to proceed with caution when you have something to say.
If you can’t live with the fact that your profile picture can now be accessed by 350 million people, your best bet would be to remove it.