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Facebook is Tracking Your Every Move Online! Here is How to Stop It!

Facebook admits to tracking all of your online activity after you have logged out and what you can do about it.

I am not a Facebook Alarmist and I heavily use the site daily for both personal and business purposes. I am aware of the “known privacy risk” that exist and I do my best to be smart about how I use Facebook as most knowledgeable users are. The key here is known risk and there seems to be a steady stream of disclosures and a pattern of apologies coming from Facebook regarding privacy infringements experienced by it’s users.

I advocate for the use of Facebook, I believe it is an important site if your desire is to engage in social media to connect with family and friends or to grow your business and brand. I continue to teach that Facebook continues to be a key component to what I teach about establishing your online presence and cultivating an online community.

I recently read a blog posting by the staff at Global Grind, which addresses the work of Australian blogger Nik Cubrilovic and offered the following steps to ensure that your activities cannot be logged through the use of cookies:

1. Logout of Facebook.

2. Now that you’re logged out, you’ve got to clear cookies. The browser breakdown is below.

—If you’re on Firefox: Go to “Tools” in the top nav and select “Clear Recent History” from the list. A pop-up window will come up, now select “Cookies” and hit clear.

—If you’re on Chrome: Go to “Chrome” in the top nav and select “Clear Recent History” from the list. A pop-up window will come up, now select “Cookies” and clear them.

—If you’re on Safari: Go to “Safari” in the top nav and select “Reset Safari” from the list. A pop-up window will come up, now select “Cookies” and clear them.

—If you’re on Internet Explorer: Go to “Tools” in the right sidebar and select “Delete Browsing History” from the list. A pop-up window will come up, now select “Cookies” and clear them.

3. Once your cookies are cleared, you need to be sure to not click a “Like,” “Share” or “Connect” — really, anything related to Facebook — until you want to be logged back in. If you do this, you’ll be good to go!

Another easy solution is to always use a separate internet browser for Facebook. This can be tough though because saving passwords, auto-filling forms, etc. make using two browsers difficult. It’s up to you however, as it’s you that Facebook is watching!

Reproduced from an article at Global Grind

What is Facebook’s response and the current status?

According to a follow up post titled Logging out of Facebook is not enough… Important Update, Mr. Cubrilovic reports that Facebook has resolved the problem as explained in great detail in his article.

My advice is that you should use an abundance of caution if this is a sensitive issue for you. Please keep in mind that Facebook is likely not the only web-based service that may be doing this and the advice offered by Global Grind would ensure that web-cookies are not collecting data on your activities without your knowledge and consent.

As with any use of the Internet where your privacy is placed at risk, be smart, use the allowable privacy settings at every site you use and as stated an abundance of caution is always the best approach to ensure that the web is a safe and enjoyable place for you to engage with others and fulfill your objectives online.

I  invite your to follow me on my Facebook Page and I would love to read your comments, so feel free to share your thoughts below. I am here to help you succeed online and to do so safely!

Thank you for investing your time by reading my post and have a blessed day!

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