Although Facebook is a great resource for in staying contact with friends and family, being a member of the site does potentially expose you to people you might not want to be in contact with. By using a search engine, or the search feature on the Facebook site, virtually anyone can find your Facebook account, unless you take steps to prevent your name from appearing in search results. If you would rather not allow people -- that you do not invite -- to find you on Facebook easily, you can change your privacy settings to prevent the social networking site from displaying your account when people search for your name or e-mail address.
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Browse to the Facebook.com home page, and log in with your username and password.
Click "Account" at the top of your profile page, then the "Privacy Settings" link.
Click the "View Settings" link near the top of the "Choose Your Privacy Settings" page.
Click the drop-down list arrow in the "Search for you on Facebook" section of the "Connecting on Facebook" page. Select the "Friends Only" option.
Click the "Profile" link at the top of the page to update your privacy settings, and return to your main profile page. Wait a few hours for the changes to propagate through the Facebook system and search engines. After the changes take effect, your Facebook username no longer appears in searches. This applies to the Facebook search function or searches made on other Internet search engines.
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