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How do I protect my privacy on Boxee?

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posted this on Jun 22, 2009 17:59

First off, Boxee does not show your files to others. What it will do (according to your privacy settings) is show that you've been watching or listening to those files if you choose to Share.

We, here at Boxee, care a lot about your privacy, so here goes the explanation on what's being reported, and what isn't.

You can actively set privacy settings in two different locations (with two different meanings):

  1. When pointing Boxee to your media files (or editing a media source), you can tell Boxee that a specific source is "Private", and Boxee will not report anything you watched or listened to from that source. You do that by going to Settings > Media  - this is the WHAT gets out and what doesn't.
  2. On your account page at the Boxee website, you can set whether you share your activity with the entire world, your followers only or nobody - this is the WHO sees whatever gets out. Note that you can block specific users following you, without having to select nobody. To read more about the following concept, click here.

Apart from that, note that Boxee will NOT be able to report media that wasn't recognized. That means that if you're playing a media file from a location on your hard drive or network which isn't defined as a source (through the "browse" option), then it won't be reported. The same goes for local pictures (Boxee doesn't "know" what your pictures are, and therefore can't report your watching them) or home videos - anything which doesn't appear on a public pictures or movies database Boxee can compare to. If you watch a picture from picasa or flickr, or a public video you've uploaded to youtube it WILL show on your feed, since those are public anyway.

Also note that the default media folders of your operating system (for example Windows' "My Pictures", "My Music" and "My Videos") are automatically added as sources on Boxee, and Boxee starts scanning them.

Again, home videos and photos will not be "recognized" since they do not appear in any database that allows Boxee to actually "know" what these files are, so Boxee will have nothing to report.

If you want to make sure how others view your activity, you can log into the website and click on Home > My Activity to see your activity feed, which is what's being published to whomever you let see your activity.

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