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.
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!
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