Two days ago, Australian blogger Nik Cubrilovic wrote a blog post heavy in technical language that amounted to one important thing: Facebook is watching, recording and tracking you as you browse the internet … when you are logged out.
Ummm, what? What does “watching, recording and tracking as you browse the internet” mean? It means that if you log out of your Facebook profile and then go and look at any other site that has a “Like” button, Facebook knows.
Based on the exchange between Cubrilovic and Facebook (which can be found here), it looks like the internet giant quickly owned up to the fact that they were “accidentally” monitoring user activity across the internet. They are working to implement a solution to kill this privacy crisis before it starts. Not a great way to start the new “frictionless” sharing of what you’re reading, writing, watching, eating and drinking that was announced at f8!
So where does this leave you if you don’t want Facebook monitoring your every move online? Well, luckily for you we’ve got the step-by-step breakdown on how you can stop Facebook from tracking you.
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!