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How your new Facebook email impacts your privacy

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -  Just when you think you understand the Facebook privacy policy and your Facebook settings they throw everyone for a loop.  You may have noticed there is something new about you on Facebook. 

You have an email address that you never asked for showing up on your profile and its "your name + @Facebook.com".  Many of you might have signed up for Facebook's service when they tried to launch a mail program a while back but most of you probably didn't.  We're not surprised that we're hearing from many of you asking if there is anything you can do about this.  The answer is yes and no and WBTV's cyber expert, Theresa Payton, explains.

TIPS:

1.  Go to your profile and you will see the @facebook.com address

2.  Go to Timeline and click on "about" under your contact info

3.  Select "edit" within your contact info

4.  You will see several crossed out circle symbols - change them to a full circle for each inbox you want visible on your profile.  If you don't want @facebook.com, just make it a crossed out circle.

This is important to do, especially for young kids, because if someone emails a message to their name@facebook.com it will show up on their wall.

WEB RESOURCES:

To keep up with the latest information about security and privacy issues on social media, an organization called EPIC does a great job keeping the public informed.  Click here for more information. 

WORD OF THE WEEK:

FRIENDSHAKE:  this was going to be an app that located other people on Facebook near you and created a way to meet other people.  When they launched it and it caught the attention of security and privacy experts that were concerned it would become a stalking app, Facebook shelved it...for now.  Speak up now because it'll probably come back to the site in some form or another.

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