How do I remove links to websites visited on Facebook feed?

DJT75

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Hi

Probably an easy fix but I don't know how. Whenever I view a website, be it an online retailer, travel agent, restaurant, etc, they appear on my wife's Facebook feed (on the App) showing exactly what I've been looking at.

For example yesterday I was looking at a new pair of trainers, and she knows the exact pair I'm looking at. I've logged her out of Facebook on the PC I'm using to view these items, but they're still appearing on feed on her phone. It makes booking secret golf trips and surprise presents very difficult to do.

I don't use Facebook, but hers has been logged on, on my work laptop and phone for years. She uses them when we're away (free data), and we use her account to sell stuff etc. So can understand if I shop for trainers on my phone, it may appear in her Facebook feed, but seeing as she's not logged on, on this laptop, I can't figure out where the link it coming from?

thanks
 

BT Bob

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I'd be delighted to be proved wrong (and shown how to do it), but I don't think it's possible.
You can change your (her) FB Ad settings from "targeted" to "not-targeted" which will just get you even more random ones.
This is why FB is "free" to you, the user....

I commented on this the other day in the Coffee Fanatics thread on here - replied to a query about coffee grinders available on Amazon (no links provided), logged into the FB and found loads of Amazon ads for coffee grinders!!
 

Bl4ckGryph0n

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So do like the rest of us when we go on jobserve(tinder)...Use an anonymous non-logging VPN provider...
 

alphaomega16

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Chrome Incognito Mode?

You could try clearing cookies before and after your browsing since that is one place targeted ads can get info like that from.
 

imightbewrong

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She should have her own user account on your laptop
 

Bubblin

Well-known Member
Does this help

Facebook exchange or FBX is the platform used, a website logs a cookie even when not logged in Facebook looks at whether the ip address has been used by a user on the machine/router and correlates the two together.
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imightbewrong

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DJT75

Distinguished Member
Does this help

Facebook exchange or FBX is the platform used, a website logs a cookie even when not logged in Facebook looks at whether the ip address has been used by a user on the machine/router and correlates the two together. View attachment 1009295
But can it be switched off? [emoji3]

Nothing major just a bit annoying, especially when buying presents online
 

imightbewrong

Distinguished Member
She can’t
Oh well - adverts time then :) SWMBO uses my PC under her own account - we never get crossed advert streams.
 

DJT75

Distinguished Member
I am actually due a new laptop from work soon. So if I never log onto Facebook from that, ever, I assume it’ll remove the problem.

We all have separate accounts on our home PC, so I guess any sneaky shopping needs to be done from that machine.
 

SteveCritten

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I was looking on my laptop to book a table and the link was a website called Quandoo that I had never heard of(I don’t usually book online) so I ask my wife “what is quandoo have you heard of it”. Within minutes an ad was on her Facebook link.
 

Sniper Ash6

Distinguished Member
An adblocker + Disconnect (or equivalent) are musts.

As a demonstration, on my network in the last 24 hours more than a third of requests have been to known ad, tracking or adware/malware domains (and blocked). It's a sad visualisation of how sites and web connected devices operate.
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nheather

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Just through the new Facebook T&Cs that you have to sign up to within the next few days.

Suspect it is triggered by the introduction of GDPR.

Anyway it asked two questions (1) are you prepared to receive targeted adverts and (2) are you prepared to be recognised by face recognition in photos.

Cheers,

Nigel
 

ChrisKz

Active Member
I installed FBP on facebook ... no more crap and you can customise all your page . Been using it for couple of years and cannot recommend it highly enough
 

andsaw

Active Member
Good spot ChrisKz, i didn't know about Facebook purity, got it installed and its quite good, thanks for that, i also use uBock Origin for ads elsewhere as well, better than adblockplus.
 

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