Many websites, including Facebook and Google, store and sell your personal information. That’s how they make money, and we sacrificed it for a connected world. Let’s try to prevent them from using your data.
Turn off cookies
Regardless of whether you use Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer, you can disable the cookie setting using options. For example, in Chrome, you can click Settings, View advanced settings, and then Content settings. You can disable cookies here.
Use a browser plug-in
You can use a browser plug-in to limit data tracking. For example, Mozilla launched a Firefox browser plug-in, called a Facebook Container, that helps control how much data the social media company can access.
The extension helps isolate your Facebook identity from the rest of the web, meaning the company will not be able to use web activity to send you targeted ads. But the extension does not prevent Facebook advertisers from looking into your activity on the platform.
Turn off targeted Facebook ads
To opt out of Facebook showing you targeted ads from other sites, or from seeing Facebook’s ads on other sites, open your Facebook page and click “settings,” and then “ads.”
Then click on the “ads based on my use of websites and apps” setting and press the “choose setting” button and select “off.” Once you turn this feature off, Facebook says you will still see the same number of ads, but they may be less relevant to you. It also won’t stop Facebook (and other companies) from tracking you. It simply means that information won’t be used to show ads targeted to you.
Use A VPN
Unfortunately, fine-tuning your Facebook privacy settings and choosing the browser that respects your privacy the most are not enough. To perfectly hide from the company’s spying eyes, you better enable a VPN too. This special software, which can be installed on your computer or mobile device, will scramble and encrypt your data, plus attributes a different IP address to you. This way it becomes pretty much impossible for anyone to pinpoint your real location and link your online behavior to your personal Facebook profile. Furthermore, one of the best features many VPNs offer is ad-blockers which prevent you from getting the aforementioned targeted advertisements or being bombarded by pop-ups carrying all sorts of malware. These ad-blockers often act as extra add-ons in your browser or they can also work from the VPN client itself, protecting your entire computer.