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May 28 2010   12:35AM GMT

Software for Secure Computing: Privacy Settings Scanner for Facebook

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Well, I had already had this queued for publication before Facebook decided to change their privacy policy in the wake of significant user feedback. That will be the subject of my next post. Just to be sure the new policy didn’t break anything, I tested this scanner again and it still works. So what is it?

The tool is called “Reclaim Privacy” and I want to acknowledge Gizmo’s Best-ever Freeware for sending me the alert. Here’s the scoop:

Reclaim Privacy is written in Javascript.  It’s free and open source, so anyone who has concerns over its motives can easily check to see that it isn’t doing anything that it shouldn’t.

To use it, go to and add the utility to your browser favorites.  Then log into Facebook and go to your security settings page (there’s a link on the reclaimprivacy site to help you).  Then run the Reclaim Privacy script by selecting it from your bookmarked favorites, and the analysis of your security exposure will be ready in just a second or 2.

Here’s what it looks like:

This reminds me of Secunia’s PSI vulnerability scanner that I’ve written about on numerous occasions; the difference is that Reclaim Privacy is application-specific.

I never did arrive a perfect “secure” score on all things, but the “caution” items don’t bother me – I’ve set my Facebook account privacy settings to a level that I’m comfortable with.

If you use Facebook, give this tool a try and let me know what you think.

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