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Google+is the new social networking kid on the block, and one of the main reasons so many people are interested in the service over Facebook is Google+’s proclaimed focus on protecting users’ privacy. Whether you’re a new Google+ user or you’re already a pro, understanding how to control your information on the site can make you feel much more at ease on the social network. Here’s the low-down on Google+’s privacy controls, including a few of the more buried settings you’ll want to know about.

This guide will take you through setting up Google+’s circles with an emphasis on how they work from a privacy perspective, how to control what others can see about you on your profile, your options for selectively sharing posts with others, and some miscellaneous settings you’ll want to tweak — like only allowing friends to start Huddles with you. A note on pseudonymity: Google has taken a strong and, I think, awfully mistaken stance on not allowing people to use Google+ with a pseudonym. While this is definitely a privacy issue, it falls outside of this post’s purpose of explaining how to use Google+’s privacy settings. Kee Hinckley, a Consulting CTO for and Lead Architect at, has written a compelling and thorough poston the subject, and hopefully Google is listening and will rectify this issue.Let’s go tackle your main Google+ privacy settings and options:

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Only a few days after its launch, Google’s social networking platform, Google+, has been exploited in a massive spam campaign.

According to a post on the Naked Security blog run by security firm Sophos, scammers are sending out fake Google+ invites that redirect users to a pharmaceutical website.

“The messages look similar to the real emails that users may receive from friends who are already members of Google+,” the security firm said.

Instead of redirecting users to the social networking platform, the spam email takes users to a website that sells Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.

“The spammers are no doubt hoping that the email will be too hard to resist for many people eager to see Google’s new social network, although just how many users will be tempted to buy drugs online is a mystery,” wrote senior technology consultant at Sophos, Graham Cluley.

Google’s new social network, which is currently undergoing a limited public trial, is becoming increasing popular with everyone frantically trying to get access to the platform. Spammers seem to realise that and are exploiting the situation for their nefarious purposes.

Meanwhile, even Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has registered on Google+, and has indeed become the most followed user within the first week.

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