The Daily Star went for a click-bait headline but, they do show you how to disable the Facebook ad tracking that’s the most nasty (Disable “Ads based on my use of websites and apps”).
But to bring you “better ads” Facebook has begun watching what you’re up to online, including tracking the websites you regularly visit.
Clearly, not everyone is going to be too impressed at the thought of Facebook monitoring their online life and luckily there is a simple way to stop it.
Earlier this week, security researchers at Checkpoint discovered a vulnerability that would have allowed attackers to change messages and links sent through Facebook messenger. Facebook quickly patched the bug … but did you know links sent privately through messenger can be read by anyone? Moreover, Facebook knows about this and has no plans to fix the issue.
Five days later, another email was sent — this one addressed to NSA director Mike Rogers and copied to 31 other people and one listserv. In it, a senior NSA official apologized to Rogers for not providing him and others with all the details about Snowden’s communications with NSA officials regarding his concerns over surveillance.
Facebook ‘s latest announcement has left many confused and worried about their privacy – if you’re one of them here’s what you should do.
The social media site said this week it is going to start pushing ads to every single person who uses third-party sites signed up to its advertising scheme.
Warning: Extremely geeky post follows:
Today, most people have their digital life stored on online servers from various companies. Think Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Instagram and many others. You uploaded your pictures, your music, your daily ramblings, happy and sad thoughts. You use these services to share with others, to send and receive emails, store address books, play music and video, have your files available on any device you want. All great features, no doubt! When your phone breaks, just having to log in to the new one to find all your pictures, contacts and other settings is an amazing and reassuring capability brought by these services, often (perhaps incorrectly) called ‘the cloud’.
But you might wonder: “Where is this data? Who has access to it?“
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Everything you look at, click, like and so on is recorded by Facebook and tied to your user profile. As a result, the site learns more and more about you in order to serve you ads that you’re most likely to click. Your profile also plays a big role as well, and there’s a great deal of personal information Facebook asks for in order to learn more about you. This info often does little or nothing to enhance your user experience though, so you might be better off omitting it.
5 private details Facebook asks for that you shouldn’t share