Facebook creates hidden profiles on users who do not even have an account on the platform, thanks to its presence on millions of websites.
Is it even possible to prevent Facebook from following our behaviour on the web?
Yes, by choosing the right web browser.
A web browser shortlist
- Firefox: with strict privacy mechanisms enabled by default, Firefox treats users as a first-class citizen regarding their privacy (along with plenty other features) (website). Firefox is open source software developed by the Mozilla Foundation.
- Brave: this browser takes on issues related to the widespread of advertisements, such as long loading times, online tracking, and the loss of revenue for creators (website). Those familiar with Google Chrome will find themselves at home, since both use the same source code.
- Min: this browser offers a simplified browsing experience through a minimalist interface. It blocks ads by default, which speeds up loading times, reduces cognitive overload, and helps protect online privacy (website).
Extensions to go further
- Facebook Container: this extension allows isolating our online activity from our Facebook identity (website).
- uBlock Origin: a highly effective, low footprint extension that blocks ads and trackers (website).
What about mobile apps?
Facebook apps downloaded to our phone operate like black boxes and offer absolutely no control or visibility over their internal functions. Web browsers allow for certain restrictions on the user’s end and should thus be preferred.