Facebook has made headlines over the years, much more than just once or twice, for its “confusing, complex and shifting privacy policies and “bewildering tangle of options.” These sites will help you (not guarantee you) to stay private and secure.
This website provides an independent and open tool for scanning your Facebook privacy settings. I took it for a test run and it is actually amazing (easy and effective).
This one is a bit on the raunchy side although very effective for learning more about what others can see in public from your Facebook account.
Similar to open book, this site helps you discover what is made available to the public in Facebook.
Leo Laporte Deletes His Facebook Account (Youtube)
Leo deletes his personal Facebook account live on This Week In Google (TWiG) on May 12, 2010. Co-hosts Gina Trapani and Jeff Jarvis and guest Doc Searls cheer him on.
This project is poised to replace Facebook. They (Maxwell, Daniel, Raphael and Ilya) define the project as: “the privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all distributed open source social network.”