Why let companies track you online when you can protect yourself quickly and easily with the free (and extremely powerful) tool Adblock Plus? The best part is that all you really need to do is click a few things and your done. Super easy! And then most things will not be able to track you! So let’s get you protected.
First and foremost, why do this:
Why you need to protect your privacy online:
Simply put, if you’re not paying for the product (ie: if you’re getting it free) then you are the product being sold … as in your details: name, phone, e-mail, browsing habits, purchase history, favourite sites and more. Companies will do almost anything to get as much information on you as possible. Why? Because the more they know about you, the more information they can sell and it’s then easier to sell you products you’re more likely to buy. It’s all science really. But many of us do not like have a ‘profile’ online without our permission and worse yet: without us being able to see what it is nor control that information about us.
Step to take to protect yourself online with Adblock Plus:
- Install Adblock Plus. (Firefox install link, Google Chrome/Chromium install link)
- Configure Adblock Plus according to the on-screen instructions. Don’t worry, it’ll guide you through the basics.
- Go to adblock plus’s website link feature page, specifically, this link: https://adblockplus.org/en/features#socialmedia
- Scroll down to the headline: Disable Tracking.
- Under the following three headlines, click the link that says open this dialogue on the last paragraph (the paragraph starts with “To enable this feature now“): Disable Tracking, Disable Malware Domains, Disable Social Media Buttons.
- Once you click that, it will pop-up a small screen that allows you to auto-magically add a new “filter” to adblock plus. A filter is simply that, a filter. It will filter, once enabled, that specific set of stuff. In this case, it will filter out bad domains, tracking and social media buttons (and tracking).
That’s it. Once you’ve enabled all three extra filters you will be well along your path to preserve your online privacy!
Speaking of privacy tools: what other tools do you use to protect your privacy online?