What you need to know about Facebook sneakily swapping users’ default email addresses to @facebook.com

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Have you checked the contact information you list on your Facebook profile?

Chances are that it’s now listing an @facebook.com email contact address for you.

You can thank Facebook for making that change without telling you.

Back in April, Facebook quietly announced that it would be giving users @facebook.com email addresses so that they matched their public username (used as the URL for users’ profile pages).

However, the social network didn’t make clear that it would also be making the @facebook.com email addresses the default address displayed to your online friends.

Clearly this all part of the site’s plan to get more people using the @facebook.com email addresses, thus making the social network even harder to extricate yourself from.

If you don’t want your @facebook.com email address to be displayed on your profile, you should change your…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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