Thursday, June 28, 2012

Facebook changed YOUR email address...what you can do about it

Webnotes created by: Theresa Payton, Fortalice LLC. Content also featured on WBTV's "Protecting Your Cyberturf" segment hosted by Kristen Miranda and Theresa Payton.

Just when you think you understand the Facebook privacy policy and your Facebook settings they throw everyone for a loop.  If you have not noticed lately, 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 +”.  What does all this mean?  

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 cyber expert, Theresa Payton, explains.

1.  Go to your profile and you will see the 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, just make it a crossed out circle.

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


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!


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.  Their website is:

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