Facebook now has over 170 privacy options to choose from, Mashable's Stan Schroeder explains in a new post that goes through what he considers the ten essential ones. If you're worried about privacy online, start here: Schroeder details everything from how to lock up your photos so that outsiders can't access them to making your profile invisible to search engines.

Facebook's privacy settings are extremely detailed, giving you the ability to fine-tune the privacy aspects of almost every little part of your Facebook account. Unfortunately, for most users, this level of micromanagement makes Facebook's privacy settings a convoluted mess.

Even worse, these settings change often; you may think you know everything there is about them, only to be greeted with a completely different layout and a bunch of new options the next time you visit the dreaded Facebook Privacy Settings page.

So, what do you do when you've got over 170 options to choose from? You focus on the most important ones. We've entered Facebook's maze of privacy options and came out on the other side bruised, battered, but with 10 essential settings in our hands. Disregard them at your own peril!

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