How To See All The Companies That Are Tracking You On Facebook — And Block Them!

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VIA|  Facebook is a great utility if you want to stay in touch with friends and family, share photos, and see what other people are up to in their lives.

It’s free to use, of course, but that doesn’t mean it comes without a price. If you’re using Facebook, you’re giving the company a ton of information about yourself which it is selling to advertisers in one form or another.

And most people forget that when they download or sign up for an app or website using their Facebook login, that they’re giving those companies a direct look into their Facebook profiles and some of their personal data. That can often include your email address and phone number, but frequently also your current location.

If you’re worried about your privacy, you can do two things: Opt out of ad tracking and — and this is sometimes rather alarming if you haven’t done it in a while — look up the list of app companies that are logged in to your Facebook account.

WE’LL DEAL WITH THE ADS FIRST, AS THAT IS EASIEST.

You can comfort yourself a little bit with the knowledge that the ads being targeted at you are coming anonymously and in bulk, at everyone who is in some way similar to you. They aren’t literally being targeted at you personally, even if it feels that way. If you really don’t like them, you can opt-out of most of them by following the instructions here and here.

If you want to go even further, by limiting the ad cookies that advertisers use to track Facebook users across the rest of the web, follow these instructions here and read this backgrounder here.

NOW FOR THE APPS. THAT REQUIRES A BIT MORE DIGGING.

Here is the summary of where you need to go in Facebook’s settings to see which apps are plugged in to your account: Settings > Apps > Apps you use > Show All Apps > Edit/delete. A more detailed set of instructions follows:

FIRST GO TO THE SETTINGS BUTTON ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

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SCROLL DOWN AND CLICK “SETTINGS.”

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INSIDE THE SETTINGS MENU, CLICK ON APPS.

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THIS LOOKS LIKE A LIST OF APPS THAT ARE SIGNED INTO YOUR ACCOUNT. BUT PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE “SHOW ALL” OPTION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST …

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VOILA! THE LIST OF APPS TRACKING ME IS SO LONG I HAVE TO MAKE THIS SUPER ZOOMED-OUT VIEW TO SEE THEM ALL:

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ON EACH APP, THERE IS AN EDIT FUNCTION AND A DELETE “X” MARK. LET’S LOOK AT WHAT QUIZUP, THE HOT NEW TRIVIA MOBILE GAME APP, KNOWS ABOUT ME.

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QUIZUP KNOWS MY EMAIL, BIRTHDAY, AND CURRENT LOCATION. BECAUSE IT’S A MOBILE APP ON MY PHONE, IT ALSO KNOWS MY PHONE NUMBER. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL …

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CLICK THIS LITTLE “?” SYMBOL ON “BASIC INFO” AND IT TURNS OUT THAT QUIZUP IS GETTING A BUNCH MORE INFO ABOUT ME, TOO, INCLUDING A LIST OF ALL MY FRIENDS AND MY PROFILE PICTURE!

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YOU CAN CONTROL THIS INFORMATION BY CLICKING ON THE “X” SYMBOL TO DELETE THE APP’S ACCESS TO YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT. THAT MIGHT MEAN THE APP WON’T WORK, HOWEVER.

Review each app to either edit its permissions or delete its access to you on Facebook entirely. It’s a bit time-consuming — but otherwise you’re just giving these people free data.

THAT’S IT! YOU’RE DONE.

Source: http://asheepnomore.net/2015/11/02/how-to-see-all-the-companies-that-are-tracking-you-on-facebook-and-block-them/#arvlbdata

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3 Responses to “How To See All The Companies That Are Tracking You On Facebook — And Block Them!”

  1. nick says:

    I would imagine that someone doing this would be flagged up somewhere in some secretive dept.
    Best way of course is to not use facebook ever, or twitter, or any of these websites that are endlessly promoted by the msm.

  2. Dublinmick says:

    Problem already handled, I have never had a facebook acount.

  3. PlayStationReject says:

    Hold on, I thought Gordon was an ex spook.

    There is no privacy on the clearnet, period. You know that. You have to put some effort in to have a lighter print on the web, but if you have any heat on you, forget it. NSA/GCHQ etc will run rings around you, even if you’re an expert.

    Every time you use your computer your IP address is shown which reveals your actual physical address which means you can be traced very easily. You need a VPN (see below).

    If you’re using your real credentials or even fake, with your normal IP address, they’ll be able to cross reference you.

    There are some steps you can take to reduce the tracking, here is a rough guide.

    Stop using google search and google products now, use these search engines.
    https://startpage.com
    https://disconnect.me/search
    https://ahmia.fi/search/
    http://hss3uro2hsxfogfq.onion/ (tor only)
    http://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion/ (tor only)

    Get into the habit of regularly clearing your browser cookies and search history.

    Stop cross tracking (google / Facebook etc) of your internet activity with these Browser plugins on your clearnet activity:
    Ghostery or
    https://disconnect.me/search
    https://www.abine.com/index.html

    But if you really want to be anonymous then you need Tor.

    Tor Browser:
    https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en

    BE WARNED, you’ll be tracked by your ISP for even downloading this and probably put on a list of a potential criminal etc, GET a good VPN before downloading, log in to VPN first, then download.

    Your ISP can see when you use tor too but not what you’re browsing, so you still need a VPN so that your ISP cannot see what you’re up to.

    VPN:

    Your ISP (internet service provider) is spying on you and your IP address is tagged to your identity. If you use Tor browser you’ll be flagged by your ISP. VPN blocks them seeing your Internet traffic. It encrypts your traffic to one server (i.e. your computer connects to one IP address and the traffic is encrypted in a tunnel an from that server you connect to the internet). Your normal IP address is hidden from the websites that you go to. This also means you won’t get hacked in a public place, VPN is really mandatory in todays internet. The key is to fine one, which does not keep ANY LOGS, so even if the NSA knocked on their door, they wouldn’t’ have anything to give. After years of trial and error, I settled with Nord as they are safe and the servers are quick.
    https://nordvpn.com/pricing/?ref=msVBDRB

    Desptie all of this, you need to understand the web especially the clearweb is a public environment, Snowdon showed us that, everything is tracked. FB and Google are not only tracking you when you use it, bu they’re using cookies to track the other websites you go on (the above plugins will help) but its better not to use them at all.

    If you really want to evade attention, you have to stop using Windows/OSX and start using a Linix based OS (you can do this virtually with both Windows and OSx). You still need to use a VPN. And don’t use your clearnet details with darkweb anon.

    See guides:

    https://www.deepdotweb.com/2015/06/15/guide-anonymity-and-privacy-for-advanced-linux-users/

    https://help.riseup.net/en/security

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