Just how much are we worth to these companies? And is there anything we can do about how they get and use our info?
Fixing your privacy settings
The answer to both questions might come from a relatively new tool (released last month) called Privacyfix. It’s a browser plug-in for Firefox and Chrome that analyzes your privacy settings across data-rich social networking sites like Google and Facebook, and any other websites you’ve visited.
When you first install it, you’ll be greeted with a page that tells you what percentage of sites you’ve visited Facebook tracks (for me, 86 percent) and an estimate of how much you’re worth to Facebook per year (just $3.32 here – sorry, Zuckerberg).
Along the right side, you’ll see a number of settings you can “fix,” and each will be explained as you move your cursor over it. These include excluding your Facebook profile from search engine results, blocking your friends from inadvertently sharing your personal information, making your postings private (visible only to friends) by default, and so on. Clicking on any of these will take you step-by-step through the process, explaining why you would want to change the setting and what the potential downside is. You don’t have to “fix” anything you don’t want to, and you can always undo the changes....
I'm not that paranoid. I'm just annoyed when other websites track where I go. I'm a sane, rational person noticing this. I'm not a conspiracy theorist.
Originally posted by Ex_CT2
I believe Facebook uses a type of cookie that ordinary cookie-blockers and privacy-enablers aren't able to deal with. As far as I know, and from what I've read and heard, Facebook even tracks you when you're logged out.
If your cookie is set to “log in automatically”, and you visit a page that has a “Like” or “Share” button, and you *DON’T* click any of those buttons…. Facebook still knows “Joe likes comic books and movies, and visited the website bleedingcool.com on date/time” and saves it into its database. It does this because once that “Like” or “Share” button is *LOADED* when you visit the page, your cookie gets activated, essentially logging you into Facebook, and it sends the message to Facebook along with what website you’re on.