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1 ..How to Stop Facebook from Tracking You on Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:28 am


..How to Stop Facebook from Tracking You

By Samantha Felix | Business Insider – 22 hours ago
......Most people don't realize that Facebook (FB) can continue to monitor their internet activity, even if they are no longer logged into the site.

Using "Facebook Connect," and other social plug-ins, Facebook is able to set up a cookie on any site that has a "Like" or "share" button, giving Facebook access to a startling amount of user information. Technically, the purpose of these plug-ins is to authenticate users, but it still has the ability to collect personal information such as the IP address of your computer, browsing data, outside login information, phone numbers, etc.

The cookie, known as the "datr" cookie, has been a controversial topic for the past year. Using this cookie, among other things, Facebook knows what you have read on a web page even if you did not click the "like" button. As the Wall Street Journal reported, "for this to work, a person only needs to have logged into Facebook or Twitter once in the past month. The sites will continue to collect browsing data, even if the person closes their browser or turns off their computers."

To help users control how and when their information is tracked and distributed, companies such as Abine and Ghostery have developed tools that allow users to block Facebook social plug-ins, cookies, and other trackers.

We identified five practical options for consideration, including an option for web site publishers that will help protect their customers from trackers while keeping their websites running smoothly.

Do Not Track Plus — A browser add-on that will identify and block trackers.

(DNT+ website)As Business Insider previously reported, Abine's DNT+ tool is a FREE add-on that monitors, tracks, and allows users to block any trackers and requests that may be following their internet activity. It is compatible with MAC or PC for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. It is currently able to block more than 600 trackers, and automatically updates to catch new trackers.

Ghostery — similar to DNT+ but this add-on is also available for Opera.

(Ghostery)Similar to DNT+, Ghostery is a browser add-on, owned by Evidon, that protects consumer privacy while online. By giving the consumer visibility into who is tracking their online activity and allowing them to block all or specific trackers, it empowers users with the ability to stop third parties from collecting their personal information without permission. It currently has more than 16 million monthly users and pulls data from over 26 million web domains via an opt-in service of 7 million users.

Ghostery is free to download, free to use, and does not contain any adware or spyware. It is available for all major browsers: Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer.

Disconnect and Collusion for Chrome — A robust tool that will identify and block trackers, but is only available for Chrome.

(Collusion for Chrome)Chrome Disconnect Website
Similar to DNT+ and Ghostery, Chrome Disconnect allows you to stop third parties and search engines from tracking your web activity. Specifically, this tool focuses on allowing users to disconnect from sites such as Facebook, Digg, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo without risking the performance of the sites. The tool blocks identifiable cookies while allowing you stay logged into various sites.

Collusion for Chrome
This site allows users to then see which third parties are tracking them by graphing the spread of the data from sites to tracks, exposing them, and giving users the ability to block the trackers.

Consider adjusting browser settings to control trackers.

(Business Insider)Before downloading yet another piece of software on your computer, consider simply adjusting the settings on your browser.

Firefox: Firefox> Tools> Options> Privacy> click the box that says, "Tell websites I do not want to be tracked." Then you should set it to "never save your history" and remove cookies frequently.

Chrome: Chrome> Preferences> Settings> Advanced Settings> Privacy> Content Settings> Click, "Block Third Party Cookies and Site Data."

Safari: Safari> Preferences> Security> Accept Cookies> select "never." You might also want to consider browsing privately so your history and passwords are not stored, and thus accessible.

Internet Explorer 10: Microsoft's latest version of Internet Explorer 10 will default to a "Do Not Track" position. The browser will send a signal to advertisers altering them that users do not want to be tracked.

Evidon — A blocking and tracking tool for web publishers.

(Evidon)Evidon Encompass Revenue Protection: This product is designed for website owners who want to keep the intentional tracking code on their sites from spawning additional code from third parties. It allows websites to see all trackers and how they are affecting the site's performance, while securing the site's customer data.

Evidon Encompass Privacy: This is a tool designed specifically for web publishers to help them both comply with privacy regulations, ePrivacy Directive and “AdChoices” self-regulatory programs, and protect the private information of their customers. In addition to showing all of the trackers on a site, and where they are originating from, this tool also alerts web site owners of everything that needs to be disclosed to consumers about how their information is being used.


2 Re: ..How to Stop Facebook from Tracking You on Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:51 am


That's of course popularly known as a tracking cookie. Many site have them, and most programs regard them as a mild threats or harmless unless you tell the program to block them. When my programs find them in a scan I always let the program delete them anyway. You can get a tracking cookie at a Bank, or a porn site, and everything in-between.

AVG anti virus program has a browser extension that if enabled will supposedly block tracking cookies, they call it "Do Not Track", when enabled is supposed to work.

I don't think facebook's tracking cookie is anything to be concerned about, at least with facebooks tracking cookie you feel better knowing it came from a reputable site that has a high profile, so the chances of them abusing any information they might get from the cookie as less likely than from, lets say a "Porn" site.

Those program in the article are probably good at targeting facebooks tracking cookie in particular, and I'm suggesting that facebooks is probably one of the safer ones you will get on the internet. So if you want facebooks tracking off your computer, then I'm sure those programs do a good job.

3 Re: ..How to Stop Facebook from Tracking You on Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:38 am

Candy Cottingham

I was recently told about a small program that was added to Incredimail.

I found it in My Programs
It was called Web Assisitant

I deleted it

It tracked what sites you visited.

THEN (Bloody Cheek) sent you adverts pertaining to the sites.

My 3 Spyware progs did not pick it up.

Superanti I have.

I assume I tick the box in A.V.G. that says SCAN FOR COOKIES ?

This old lady is on the war path I tell yer.

Last edited by Candy Cottingham on Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:51 am; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : Correcting spelling mistake)

4 Re: ..How to Stop Facebook from Tracking You on Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:26 pm


No I don't have AVG set to scan for tracking cookies. I think super anti-spyware finds some sometimes and deletes them. I do however have AVG "Do not track" firefox extension enabled. The extension came with the AVG download and it added it automatically to firefox. I can disable or enable it with one click, but I keep it enabled all the time. I think its for firefox and chrome. You might have it on chrome, you'd have to check your chrome extensions and see if its there. I think for chrome it would be in the "Tools" tab on your browser, and then find extensions.

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