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How to disable emails from Facebook
Sometimes the emails piling up from Facebook can be very irritating. Don't get me wrong, I love Facebook, but it is not fun reading the same notifications twice. Once on the FB page and another time in your email account.
So if you are fairly active on FB and have friends who are active as well, you can end up with literally 100s of emails notifying you about all kinds of things happening on your wall.
The usual culprits include who commented on your status, who commented after you on a friend's status, who posted on your wall, who commented on a photo of yours, whose birthday it is this week and of course who all sent you requests in Farmville, Fishville, Cafe World, Words with Friends, and God knows how many other games.
Even if you don't want to play these games you can end up with a multitude of invites for them. This can be quite irritating. If you do want to play the games and are an active member then you have to keep deleting the notifications from various applications in your email. Again it can be a major time waster.
How do you stop the deluge without stopping the fun?
Stepwise guide to disabling emails from Facebook
Sign in to your Facebook account. (Duh!)
On the right hand top after Home, you will see a little triangle pointing downwards. Click on it and you will get the options "Account Settings", "Privacy Settings", "Log out", and "Help". Click on Account Settings.
When the above screen shows up click on "Notifications". This will take you to a page that shows you the recent notifications. Skim down to the bottom of this page.
Click on the edit button next to each application and decide what all you wish to be notified about by email. This alone will cut down your daily doze of Facebook emails by at least 75%.
You can also check out the applications that you have been using and delete any old ones that you are no longer using. This also prevents your information from going into the wrong hands.
Of course it is advisable to keep receiving emails from the Facebook crew to keep abreast of any new changes that they make to their policies.
Be Safe on Facebook
Using Facebook is fun but many times you can give away data which can cause you harm. You may not even realize it.
For instance your status says "Hit 30 today!" You get a ton of people wishing you. Then you put up photos of your party in an album entitled "Party at home". Again people recall what a great time they had and wasn't it fun when so and so fell into the pool.
Another month down the line you post, "Off for a camping trip." People wish you a good time and ask when you'll be back. You say in a couple of days.
Guess what? A stranger on your friend list glances over you wall and sees your name, your age, your house address and the fact that you will be out of town for two days starting Friday evening. Its the perfect time to burgle your house! And he didn't have to lift a finger in surveillance as you did it all for him.
Control your privacy
On the right hand top after Home, you will see a little triangle pointing downwards. Click on it and you will get the options "Account Settings", "Privacy Settings", "Log out", and "Help". Click on Privacy Settings.
You will reach a page titled that offers you the option of controlling your privacy per post, or by default. In the default privacy setting click on the custom option and then go lower to the five options given here.
Click on "How you connect". Now limit the interaction to people who you know and trust. That way when you share data unwittingly the whole wide world will not get to know.
Facebook is a great social networking site. It allows you to keep in touch with your friends and make news one with ease. However basic common sense rules apply to such online friendships just as they do in the real world.
Don't give your personal information to any old stranger who happens along!