Did you know that online social networks such as Facebook and Twitter can track what you do on the Web? Yes, they keep an eye on exactly which websites you opened, the online videos you saw, or the games that you played. You would be surprised to know that the social networks can track your Internet activities even if you aren’t logged into your accounts. So, how do they manage to invade your online privacy? Well, it’s all done with the help of social widgets – the small buttons of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc., on various websites, which allow you to share stuff. However, you need not worry as there are many ways to block social networks from tracking you on the Internet.
1. Do Not Track Plus (DNT+)
Just install this nifty browser extension and keep a tab on social networks, advertisers, and other websites that are trying to track you. Do Not Track Plus is free to download. It works with the browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Internet Explorer and can be used on PCs as well as Macs. Whenever you open a website, the browser extension alerts you about the trackers that have been blocked. It also prevents the display of advertisements targeted at you based on your browsing habits.
Well, in case you want to block specific social networks, the Disconnect tool is what you need. There are separate browser extensions for blocking Facebook, Google, and Twitter from following you on the Internet. You also have the option to install just one extension for all of them. This free tool is compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari.
Ghostery is another browser extension for blocking website cookies and plug-ins which track you. It works with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer. You have the option to stop particular trackers and get detailed information about the data they collect and how they further share it with other companies.
This is a free tool for Google Chrome which allows you to configure appropriate privacy settings for your social networking profiles. Privacyfix is quite useful if you don’t know from where the privacy settings can be changed. This browser extension guides you to protect your online privacy with just a few clicks.
This browser add-on stops social sharing widgets from tracking you if you don’t click on them or you aren’t logged in to your respective accounts. ShareMeNot replaces the sharing buttons with local stand-in buttons so that you can still share stuff without compromising on your online privacy. The tool is available as a free download for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
6. Adblock Plus
Want to get rid of advertisements that pop up as you browse the Internet? The Adblock Plus browser extension removes ads that are targeted at you based on your online activities. This utility also prevents social networking sites and widgets from sharing your browsing data with advertisers. Adblock Plus is presently available only for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
This browser extension blocks third party social networking features that are meant to follow your online activities. However, if you want to interact with a social sharing widget on a website, Priv3 allows you share a page, like it, or send a tweet. You can download Priv3 and install it as an add-on for the Mozilla Firefox browser.