Do not let Facebook follow every one of your footsteps

Do not let Facebook follow every one of your footsteps

Did you know that once you have logged onto Facebook, Facebook knows of every website you visit?

This is not exactly true. In order to know on which web sites you go, Facebook needs a spy on each of these web sites. You have no doubt these spies many times, they always wear the same disguise:

I Like

I Like

The “I like” button!

But how can they do that?

The Facebook Plateform provides many ways of implementing the “I Like” Button. All of them embed some program that is hosted on Facebook web sites. This is how they are able to track you down. Almost everywhere you go.

Basically, here is what Facebook is tracking, as explained on Mashable.com: Facebook Reveals its User-Tracking Secrets

  • Facebook tracks you even if you haven’t logged on Facebook.
  • Facebook tracks you even if you have logged out of Facebook.
  • And of course, Facebook tracks you when you have logged on Facebook.
  • Everytime you go on a page that displays the “I Like” button, Facebook knows it. Even if you do not click on it.
  • They keep track of this for 90 days.
  • “If you are logged into a Facebook account, your name, email address, friends and all of the other data in your Facebook profile is also recorded.”

And where is all of this going?

Check The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook and see for yourself…

The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook - 2005

The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook – 2005

The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook - 2010

The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook – 2010

“People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information of different kind, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.” Mark Zuckerberg.

Can we go back to some form of privacy? Yes we can.

Of course you could commit a virtual suicide or just quit Facebook. But we still like these guys don’t we? It’s not that we want to get rid of them. We just want some privacy.
The solution is technical: prevent the Facebook cookies from being able to jump from one website to another.
As the “I Like” button will not be able to recognize you it will disappear. You’ll never see it, ever again.

How do I do that?

There are many plugins (or extensions depending on how your favorite browser calls them) that will do the job for you. Here are the two I use (there are many others):

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