“You can continue to use Facebook as normal, but Zuckerberg can no longer track you around the web.” – PC Mag’s Matthew Humphries stated on March 27th, 2018
With the recent issues with Facebook security and releasing user information, Matthew Humphries suggests adding a Foxfire Add-On through Mozilla to protect users from their personal information spreading around the web.
Regardless of what action (if any) ends up being taken on Facebook in light of the Cambridge Analytica debacle, people are waking up to just how much tracking happens on the social network. Choosing to delete your Facebook account is a little too drastic for most users, so Mozilla came up with an alternative. If you use the Firefox browser, it’s now easy to stop Facebook tracking you around the web.
Announced on The Mozilla Blog today, a new add-on for the Firefox browser has been launched called Facebook Container. When installed, it stops Facebook from tracking you around the web, but importantly, allows Facebook to function as normal when you’re actually using the social network.
Mozilla achieved this by isolating your Facebook identity and placing it in a separate container for the rest of your browsing experience. By doing so, it’s much harder for Facebook to track any visits to other websites through third-party cookies.
As Nick Nguyen, VP of Firefox Product explains, the aim here was to offer, “A solution that doesn’t tell users to simply stop using a service that they get value from. Instead, it gives users tools that help them protect themselves from the unexpected side effects of their usage.”
If you are worried about the data being collected about you but don’t want to stop using the social network, Facebook Container is a great solution for protecting yourself. It’s also a good reason to install and start using the Firefox browser if you haven’t already.
Once installed, you’ll know the add-on is working on the blue Facebook and lock symbol that appears in the address bar when visiting Facebook, just like in the image above.
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