Facebook Tracking: How to Protect Yourself
This article is a follow-up to our recent interview on LEX 18, the NBC affiliate in Lexington KY.
We were recently interviewed by LEX 18′s Leigh Searcy about internet companies tracking your activity across the web. We chose to look at Facebook since so many people use it. The interview covers how Apps and sites you use might be tracking your progress around the web: what you see, sites you visit, what you do there, etc.. and share it with a social media network or just keep it logged in their system.
How can you minimize what is shared/tracked?
- Review the permissions you give to an App prior to allowing it to use Facebook to login.
- You should regularly review the Apps inside Facebook’s App Setting’s section to understand what’s being shared. Here’s a video we made to help you review the Apps understand how to do this.
- Review who is subscribed to you on Facebook. This is different than being “friends”.
- Clear your browser’s cookies regularly. Here’s another video showing you how to clear your cache and cookies.
- Log out of a site when you are finished using it.
These six items will help you manage your social sharing on Facebook and how Facebook tracks you around the web.
If you have questions or comments about this or other sites, leave them in the comments and we’ll help you.