How to Stop Facebook Tracking

To stop Facebook and other websites tracking you could use special programs or alternative browsers

It's not a mystery that Facebook, just like most websites, tracks us, that is it acquires information (and there is a lot of it) about our online habits. It is able to understand, for example, which sites we visit and how many times we do it, obtaining in this way important data.

For some reason? The answer is very simple. The large amount of recorded information is transformed by the social giant into advertisements. Or rather, thanks to the data accumulated by tracking users, Facebook can refine the advertisements published on its pages. To be clear, if we often surf video game or sports sites, it is very likely that content based on our interests will appear on our profile. It's the logic with which the Internet works, where services are free only in part: we don't pay for them, but we give in exchange every day, sometimes unconsciously, thousands of sensitive information.

Facebook has several ways to track its members. In the algorithms of the social, which are responsible for "cutting" tailored advertisements, end up our "Like" or the   "Share". The company of Menlo Park obtains information also thanks to the "like" that we put on internet sites external to Facebook. And not only that. The social network follows us even when we are out of our account and can track us even if we don't have a profile.

Methods to block Facebook's tracking are available. There are a few programs available, mostly in the form of extensions, or you can use different browsers.

Block Scripts

Scripts are pieces of code that are used by sites to initiate user tracking.

One of the most used and effective software to stop scripts is uBlock Origin. The program is lightweight and easy to use. The extension offers numerous anti-tracking and ad-blocking services and can be installed on numerous browsers, including Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Other good solutions to block tracking of Facebook and other websites are Privacy Badger and NoScript extensions.

Use Different Browsers

Most browsers track or allow third parties to track users' online behaviors. To prevent Facebook from acquiring sensitive information you could try to hide your presence on the internet and there are some alternative browsers to the classic ones that promise to preserve your online privacy. In particular, the most well-known and valid browsers are: Tor, Epic and Brave. All three work by blocking online tracking.

Controlling Cookies

Users can control all data acquired by Facebook with cookies through the "Ad Preferences" page dedicated to members. What about those who don't have an account? In these cases you can use the European site "Youronlinechoices" that allows you to manage behavioral advertising, that is the system on which the advertising tracking is based.