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Internet Privacy: Facebook, Google, Windows 10, Bing
« on: March 29, 2018, 06:15:22 PM »
There has been a lot of discussion in the news lately about the all the data Facebook has on members.  As a result, a new system will be rolled out which will allow people to change their privacy and security settings from one place.  See Facebook Introduces Central Page for Privacy and Security Settings - The New York Times.  In the meantime, let's take a look at how to find out what is being stored and how to change the settings.

Facebook and Google:

Facebook isn't the only Internet privacy concern.  People are (or should be) concerned about Google, Bing and Microsoft as well.  Starting with Facebook and Google, from Twitter:

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Want to freak yourself out? I'm gonna show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it

was followed up with an article in The Guardian, Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran | Opinion | The Guardian.  If you use Facebook, Google (including an Android phone) and are concerned about the information stored about you, follow the links in that article.

Although settings for changing what Google stores is included, what is neglected in the above article is how to reduce the amount of data stored by Facebook.  The first step is an ad-blocker extension.  However, that isn't all.  I see friends, people I have personally known for many years whose posts are "Public", meaning anyone can see them.  The suggestions in this older article are still relevant, although I personally wouldn't use "Everyone" in the "Privacy Settings and Tools section:  How to Lock Down Your Facebook Account For Maximum Privacy and Security |.

Another tool is F.B. Purity which helps to clean up and customize Facebook:

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F.B. (Fluff Busting) Purity is a Facebook customizing browser extension. It alters your view of Facebook to show only relevant information to you. It lets you remove the annoying and irrelevant stories from your newsfeed such as game and application spam, ads and sponsored stories. It can also hide the boxes you don't want to see on each side of the newsfeed.

F.B. Purity is compatible with Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge, Safari, Opera and Maxthon, running on Windows, Mac, Linux etc.  For Microsoft Edge, there is an extension in the Microsoft Store.  To use with Pale Moon, it is necessary to install the Greasemonkey script version but it works great.

Widows 10 and Bing:

Privacy settings for Windows 10 are being enhanced with version 1803, due to be released in April, likely on or shortly after April 10, 2018.  The changes were introduced in Windows Insider Preview Build 17115 and are described here:  Windows Insiders get first look at new privacy screen settings layout coming to Windows 10 - Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog.

Bing:  Click on the "hamburger icon" in the upper right corner.  Select Settings > Search History.  From there you  can show/clear search history and also disable it. 


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Re: Internet Privacy: Facebook, Google, Windows 10, Bing
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2018, 08:11:31 PM »
There is a new FireFox extension:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/facebook-container/

That lets you stop Facebook from tracking your web activity.

Something to check out as well.

This kind of tracking is how Facebook can show you an ad for a product you looked at or searched recently.

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Re: Internet Privacy: Facebook, Google, Windows 10, Bing
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2018, 09:34:53 PM »
With F.B. Purity, I don't ever see any of Facebook's ads, trending topics, polls, pokes, events, shops, marketplace, etc.  I also don't click on the links for the nonsense stuff.  For example, when the publicity started, I saw where someone had clicked on one of those "see what you would look like as a model" type things. I searched the website and looked at the TOS out of curiosity.  Essentially, it said using the site gives them permission to access all your and your friends' information and use it as they wished. 


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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2018, 10:08:32 PM »
With F.B. Purity, I don't ever see any of Facebook's ads, trending topics, polls, pokes, events, shops, marketplace, etc.  I also don't click on the links for the nonsense stuff.  For example, when the publicity started, I saw where someone had clicked on one of those "see what you would look like as a model" type things. I searched the website and looked at the TOS out of curiosity.  Essentially, it said using the site gives them permission to access all your and your friends' information and use it as they wished.
I've been experimenting with uBlock Origin with AdBlock Plus disabled. I can see Facebook "Suggested Groups" but the ads are gone. Adblock Plus got mixed results on Facebook ads. Weekly SuperAntiSpyware scans tell me that I'm not picking up any tracking cookies.

Sometime in the near future, I'm probably going to decide that (for my purposes)  Adblock Plus is superfluous.

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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2018, 12:26:26 AM »
Another thing that I like about F.B. Purity is the entire right-hand column is gone and the news feed is sorted by "most recent" and not random.


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Re: Internet Privacy: Facebook, Google, Windows 10, Bing
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2018, 08:29:05 PM »
There has been a lot of discussion in the news lately about the all the data Facebook has on members.  As a result, a new system will be rolled out which will allow people to change their privacy and security settings from one place.  See Facebook Introduces Central Page for Privacy and Security Settings - The New York Times.  In the meantime, let's take a look at how to find out what is being stored and how to change the settings.

Facebook and Google:

Facebook isn't the only Internet privacy concern.  People are (or should be) concerned about Google, Bing and Microsoft as well.  Starting with Facebook and Google, from Twitter:

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Want to freak yourself out? I'm gonna show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it

was followed up with an article in The Guardian, Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran | Opinion | The Guardian.  If you use Facebook, Google (including an Android phone) and are concerned about the information stored about you, follow the links in that article.

Although settings for changing what Google stores is included, what is neglected in the above article is how to reduce the amount of data stored by Facebook.  The first step is an ad-blocker extension.  However, that isn't all.  I see friends, people I have personally known for many years whose posts are "Public", meaning anyone can see them.  The suggestions in this older article are still relevant, although I personally wouldn't use "Everyone" in the "Privacy Settings and Tools section:  How to Lock Down Your Facebook Account For Maximum Privacy and Security |.

Another tool is F.B. Purity which helps to clean up and customize Facebook:

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F.B. (Fluff Busting) Purity is a Facebook customizing browser extension. It alters your view of Facebook to show only relevant information to you. It lets you remove the annoying and irrelevant stories from your newsfeed such as game and application spam, ads and sponsored stories. It can also hide the boxes you don't want to see on each side of the newsfeed.

F.B. Purity is compatible with Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge, Safari, Opera and Maxthon, running on Windows, Mac, Linux etc.  For Microsoft Edge, there is an extension in the Microsoft Store.  To use with Pale Moon, it is necessary to install the Greasemonkey script version but it works great.

Widows 10 and Bing:

Privacy settings for Windows 10 are being enhanced with version 1803, due to be released in April, likely on or shortly after April 10, 2018.  The changes were introduced in Windows Insider Preview Build 17115 and are described here:  Windows Insiders get first look at new privacy screen settings layout coming to Windows 10 - Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog.

Bing:  Click on the "hamburger icon" in the upper right corner.  Select Settings > Search History.  From there you  can show/clear search history and also disable it.

Well we knew their were privacy concerns with all of them, but I have always stood by my position that Facebook is a total invasion of privacy. I have never used it and will never use it. How can anyone actually trust a company that has a address of 1 Hack Way. Think about it, no need to hack, their giving them everything for free and Facebook is making money. They as well own all that personal information now.

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Re: Internet Privacy: Facebook, Google, Windows 10, Bing
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2018, 10:39:24 AM »
For those who do use Facebook, here is the link you can use to check your own status relating to the FB and the Cambridge Analytica data issue:  How can I tell if my information was shared with Cambridge Analytica? | Facebook Help Center


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Re: Internet Privacy: Facebook, Google, Windows 10, Bing
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2018, 08:00:37 PM »
Fortunately, I don't use Facebook. I tried MySpace ( remember them?) I use only one social media site and use that one very carefully (privacy settings, etc.) No problem, hopefully, I will have any. ;)

When you use sites like Facebook, you take your  chances, especially when one thrusts their private info. out there--pictures, videos, sounds, music, etc.

As I said so may times, although we are "one under the Internet Sun," it is a jungle out there.

Take care. 8)

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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2018, 08:49:53 PM »
Fortunately, I don't use Facebook. I tried MySpace ( remember them?) I use only one social media site and use that one very carefully (privacy settings, etc.) No problem, hopefully, I will have any. ;)

When you use sites like Facebook, you take your  chances, especially when one thrusts their private info. out there--pictures, videos, sounds, music, etc.

As I said so may times, although we are "one under the Internet Sun," it is a jungle out there.

Take care. 8)
I've been taken to task about it, but I just use a screen name like FB was any other website. People who've met me know my real name. To any other legitimate user it would be meaningless.

Based on the link Corrine posted above. So far it's working.

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Re: Internet Privacy: Facebook, Google, Windows 10, Bing
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2018, 05:17:29 PM »


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