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3 big Facebook privacy changes

Having a Facebook account is great for sharing, but not always good for your privacy. Something you post could end up in the hands of stalkers, hackers or identity thieves if you aren't careful.

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It doesn't help that Facebook's privacy policy changes never seem to end. Just when you think your privacy settings are perfect, Facebook rolls out another change.

That's why I recommend you check your privacy settings every month or so. Click here for a step-by-step guide to locking down your Facebook profile.

The last few months alone, Facebook made three big changes that can hurt your privacy. Keep reading to find what Facebook is up to - and what you can do to protect your profile.

1. Facebook can use your name and face in ads
Last month, Facebook updated its privacy policy to clarify its advertising practices. Here's what you need to know: When you post something on Facebook, you're giving the social network permission to use your name and image in ads. There's no opt-out option, and the policy applies to minors, too.

Let's say you post something like "Enjoying dinner with the family at Applebee's." Facebook can turn your post into an ad for Applebee's and share it with your Facebook friends.

Since there's no opt-out option, the best way to stop Facebook from using your name and face in ads is to clean out your Likes. Click here to stop Facebook from using you in ads.

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