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Here’s how to stop Facebook from tracking your browsing data once and for all

How To Stop Facebook Tracking

Facebook always seems to be taking heat for something, and its most recent slip up involved conducting a massive psychological experiment on its users without their knowledge or permission. Mere weeks before this latest uproar, however, Facebook found itself the target of user complaints for another reason: The company announced that it would begin tracking users’ web browsing history and using it to serve targeted advertisements.

But thankfully, there is now a way to stop it once and for all.

In an earlier post, we told you how to stop Facebook from using your browsing history to serve targeted ads. The method described in that post involved adjusting your privacy settings and filling out and online form, but according to AdBlock, those solutions aren’t permanent.

“The issue has been predictably contentious, not the least of which because Facebook decided to stop honoring Do Not Track,” AdBlock wrote in a recent blog post. “To their credit, however, the social media giant provided users with instructions on how to opt out of tracking. But that approach relies on a cookie, which means: you’d have to apply it to every browser on every device you own; it may expire when you least expect it; and if you clear out your cookies you have to reapply.”

As you might have guessed, AdBlock has you covered.

The company has added a new feature to its ad-blocking browser plugin that allows you to disable all social media buttons. This stops Facebook and other social networks from running any code that might track you, thus preventing any data from being used to serve you targeted ads.

Instructions on how to enable the feature can be found by following the link below in our source section.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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