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Facebook Search is universal now, so you better double check your privacy settings

Facebook Search is universal now, so you better double check your privacy settings
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Back in early 2013, Facebook launched Facebook Graph Search to give users an easier way to find people and past posts. Fast forward to 2015 and Facebook says it has more than 2 trillion posts in its search index users and its users make more than 1.5 billion searches a day . And it isn't hard to see why.

Need to look up someone's profile? Simply go to the search bar at the top of your Facebook profile and type their name (ex. "Kim Komando"). Trying to find a friend's post about something from a few years back? Instead of visiting their page and scrolling for hours, simply type "photos of Kim Komando on vacation" and it will narrow things down considerably. Of course, this convenience does come with a cost.

We warned you back when Facebook search launched that anyone could use it to see your public photos, and friends could easily dig up embarrassing past posts you forgot you made. On the other side, Facebook stores your searches forever, so anyone who gets into your Facebook account can see them. Learn how to wipe your Facebook search history.

Now Facebook is expanding search even more to make it easier to join in on discussions of trending topics. However, this new expansion is even more of a privacy nightmare if you aren't prepared.

Next page: The risks of Facebook's new search and how to keep your information private
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