Quick Tips to Avoid Data Tracking

in Software

Google has again come out with its latest set of services that is affecting privacy with its feature-shared endorsements. This new feature is going to use your picture and name in ads that are already on Google property sites. This works on friend’s recommendation related to restaurants and music choices. It seems more like sponsored stores of Facebook. This means that browsers, apps and other third-party websites use your information. It is annoying to realize that all the while you thought you were just clicking through some links it stored and then your choices and the information is being used along with your name on it. This is not only annoying but also seems like privacy infringement. However, if you know how to opt out of it you will be easily able to get out of it for good. Given here are quick tips to avoid data tracking that can be easily applied by you.

Targeted Advertisements

Every website has a set of its own privacy policies, which includes your reviews and likes in their ads. It is hard to remove these advertisements without a tool like AdBlock but it is still possible to opt out of it. You can apply some simple steps that will help you pulling out of it all.

Shared Endorsements

Shared endorsements store your likes that you hit on websites like YouTube and reviews from GooglePlay and Google Maps. Your connections are able to view it as ads. You can easily opt out of it by going to Google+ -> Preferences-> Ads section->Shared Endorsements. This section displays names and profile pictures that are already a part of shared endorsements. Uncheck the box against this option to get rid of it.

Interest-Based Ads

You must have come across term interest-based advertising, this is provided by Google. This too collects your web profile and search history to provide you ads accordingly. It is possible to opt out of this by going to Settings page in Google Ad->opt out settings and follow the automated commands.

Storing information through browsers

Ever wondered when you browse using search engines your browser is actually watching your every move closely. This data is then stored, analyzed and is used for providing better targeted ads to you. This way you will be able to get results based on your personal choices and fine tuned results. However, you still have a choice of turning off tailor-made filtering.


Preferences->Web history is on option, turn it off, you also have a choice to delete all your searches from here.


Settings-> History, turn off, here you have an option to delete your pervious Bing search history.


Go to Preferences-> Keep Search History->Search history off and save.

Cookie Tracking

Whenever you visit a website there are cookies or third-party cookies where your files are created. This stores your information that comes in use when you visit that website again. Even though it is said that these maintain your anonymity but it is always best to turn this option off from your browser.


In Firefox's Privacy panel, click on the area next to Firefox will: and select “Use custom settings for history.” Once selected, remove the checkmark in the Accept Cookies box.


Go to Settings-> Advanced Settings-> Content settings; from the given options choose to check box against Block third-party cookies and site data.

These simple tips will not only save you from data harnessing but also help you get rid of annoying ads. You will be easily able to apply these tips and avoid data tracking. Turning off add suggestions will not only give you de-cluttered look but it is more about a choice to opt out of irrelevant stuff.

Author Box
Polly M Quinton has 34 articles online and 1 fans

 Brooke M. Perry is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve computer support with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. With a strong track record of devising effective ways of internet security and system security, she has so far helped thousands of users across the globe. Her writings on tech issues are the reflection of her in-depth interest and command she carries as a  pc security support technician. Her blogs and articles have been rated high for their lucid style and easy to understand language.

Add New Comment

Quick Tips to Avoid Data Tracking

Log in or Create Account to post a comment.
Security Code: Captcha Image Change Image
This article was published on 2014/03/12