How to Make Your Facebook Profile Picture Private

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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.

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Luke

is a Software Developer and the main writer behind Computer Realm.

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Palabuzz - January 25, 2010

I didn’t find this via Googlw. I found this via another blog.

I never bother to use that feature since I don’t like putting my picture online. You don’t know who might use them for wrong doings.
.-= Palabuzz´s last blog ..Pacquiao vs Clotey =-.

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jose - January 29, 2010

I think this post of yours is very deceptive. Of course we know the facebook picture profile is not private. But why should we want to make them private if when we send out friend requests, those to become friends can’t see our faces to approve the request. It doesn’t make sense. That’s why many celebrities complain that they have false profiles everywhere. That’s why there are laws that protect us in case of something like that happens. Thanx.
.-= jose´s last blog ..Conheça a arte macrofotográfica de Joakim Kraemer =-.

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    Luke - January 29, 2010

    Thanks for your feedback, the issue here is privacy, some people just don’t like the idea of their picture being publicly available for anyone to see and (for paranoid people) manipulate. As for fake profiles of celebrities, not giving the option for users to hide their profile picture to non-friends won’t really solve the issue.

    While personally I am not fussing, you have to admit there’s quite a stir with some of the users of the network about this development.

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    lala - April 13, 2011

    @jose… Some people want to make their profile picture private to others because if they didn’t accept their relatives friend request they don’t want them to see their profile picture and get in trouble if the picture was of them for example kissing someone and they dont want other relatives seeing it they could make it private and if they want to send a friend request to their friends they could just send them a message saying who they are so that way the friend can accept the request

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lala - April 13, 2011

I have a question,so can i make my profile picture private to others who aren’t my friends

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    Luke - April 16, 2011

    I’m afraid not. Your best bet would be to remove yourself from search results so if anyone searches for you, you cannot be found. This setting can be found in the privacy settings.

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Jay verma - July 4, 2011

I want to make my profile in net

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