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Now’s a good time to lock down your Facebook profile − ‘View as Public’ is back

Facebook’s resurrection of an old privacy feature makes this as good a time as any to lock down your profile.

The social media site has announced that it is bringing its ‘View as Public’ feature back, so you can (once again) easily see what your Facebook profile looks like to anyone you’re not Facebook friends with.

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The feature was ditched in September 2018 after cybercriminals exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code.

“This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app,” Facebook explained at the time.

Nearly 50 million accounts were affected.

The company’s investigation is now over, and it has decided to bring the feature back.

“We have completed our security review and are re-enabling the version of the ‘View As’ feature that lets people see what their profile looks like to people they aren’t friends with on Facebook. This version was unaffected by the security incident and was significantly more popular than ‘View as Specific Person’”, Facebook says.

If you see something you don’t like, the new ‘Edit Public Details’ option will allow you to make a quick fix.

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It isn’t clear when View as Public will roll out to users, but it’s good to know it’s returning. It’s a really convenient tool that shows how many of your personal details you’ve been sharing with the world through your Facebook account − whether you realised it or not.

Check out our breakdown of 18 Facebook privacy features you can use to ensure your profile is as locked down as you want it to be.