Sunday, November 6, 2016

Stop Amazon Ads from Stalking You on Facebook

Does it feel like Amazon is stalking you?

It can when you search for an item on Amazon and then see ads for that very same item when you next log on to Facebook.

I always feel like somebody's watching me
And I have no privacy (oh oh oh)
I always feel like somebody's watching me
Tell me, is it just a dream

Michael Jackson's "Somebody's Watching Me"

This creepy collaboration between Amazon and Facebook is not uncommon or unique.

But if you know where to look, you can minimize it from happening to you.

Here's how.

Facebook Mobile App
Go to Settings and then tap Ads
Tap "Can you see online interest-based ads from Facebook?"
Tap "Off"

This will stop interest-based ads across all of your devices.

Facebook Website
To change the option on your PC, visit

While logged on to Facebook on your PC, be sure also to click "No" to the option, "Can your Facebook ad preferences be used to show you ads on apps and websites off of the Facebook Companies?”  

This will stop Facebook from sharing your interests on other websites that collaborate with Facebook.
Other Sites
Facebook is not alone in showing interest-based ads.  Other major websites also default to creepy, stalking ad preferences.  You can change your ad preferences on GoogleAmazon and Microsoft
Change Your Preferences on iPhone and Android
You can also change your preferences on your iPhone or Android mobile devices.  Here's how.
Settings > Privacy > Advertising, and turn on “Limit Ad Tracking.”  Learn more at Apple's support site.
Settings > Google > Ads. Tap “Opt out of Interest-based Ads.” This setting is just for Google-based ads, however.  Learn more at Google's support site.
That's it.  Enjoy.

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