If you haven't seen it yet, Facebook's new facial-recognition software is a crafty feature. Pass a cursor over a photo that you just uploaded to Facebook and, voila, the person's name pops up like magic.
But what if you're in the photo and you don't want Facebook to automatically identify you? As with many of the social network's features, users have to opt out, and that means navigating a complex web of settings.
If you're worried about revealing too much, here are some ways to shield yourself.
Facebook says the facial-recognition technology makes suggestions only when people upload new photos and it suggests identities only from among their friends. Friends are notified when they are tagged and can remove the tag. Some people have found this feature useful, but if you want to turn it off, here's how.
1) Under the "Account" drop-down menu at the top right, click "Privacy Settings."
2) In the "Sharing on Facebook" section, click on "Customize Settings."
3) Scroll down to "Suggest Photos of Me to Friends" and click "Edit Settings."
4) In the drop-down on the right, click "Disable."
Once you have done that, it might be a good idea to double-check your other privacy settings. If you want to make your selections as private as possible, go item by item through the "Things I Share" and "Things Others Share" sections and choose "friends only."