Stop using Facebook’s targeted advertising by changing the settings of your account

FILE – In this March 29, 2018, file photo of the logo for social media giant Facebook, will appear on the screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York’s Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Let me be honest: I only keep a Facebook account to engage with the listeners of my radio show. I don’t use my personal account. I stepped away from the social media platform, and I never looked back.

I think everyone should have a social media break from time to time. It is good for your mind and well-being. Tap or click here for the research that says that taking a break from Facebook can actually make you feel happier about your life.

That said, I understand why people still use Facebook. They want to feel connected. They can be lonely. If they are not Facebook, they would most likely be involved in other forms of social media such as Twitter or Instagram. I do not judge people who continue.

The key is to maintain real-world connections. Here are some tried and tested ways to promoting your flesh-and-blood social network.

I want to make sure that your privacy is protected. Like many tech giants, Facebook actively collects information about you and uses this information for targeted advertising.” You have seen this before: an ad closely mirrors your recent searches, even on different websites. By using cookies, information is shared, and it gives you the impression that the internet is reading your mind, look at the screen and listening to the conversations.

Those are not the only ones stalking you through social media. Cyber criminals love Facebook, and here are the many reasons why.

How do you stop the targeted ads? By digging in your settings – the settings that you have full access to, but Facebook would rather you not know about.

Set your Facebook ad preferences

You can do the following on the Facebook desktop website and you also have access to ad-preferences by means of your Facebook app. Of the site, click on the down arrow in the upper right hand corner and click on Settings. Click on the Ads on the left side. This will open the “Your ad preferences page.”

Let’s start with Your Interests and share. Click here to see a list of topics Facebook thinks you are interested in based on your activity. For example, my interests included everything from

Colorado nurseries. You can hide ads that are coupled with an interest by mousing over it and clicking on the X in the box.

Once you have verified your interests, check out the Advertisers section. This works just as interests. You can choose to hide ads from specific advertisers, which is useful if you’re annoyed by a specific ad popping up all the time in your feed.

Tweak the information that Facebook uses to target ads

The following section of the tap is called Your information. This is the data that Facebook uses to help advertisers ads on your. The categories are relationship status, employer, function and education. The switches on the side lets you choose whether or not to allow advertisers to use it. Feel free to get them all off. Also take a look in “Your categories” in this chapter. You can nix as well by clicking on the X.

Adjust your Facebook ad settings

The previous sections of your ad preferences are interesting, but now we get the big guns. Click on the Ad settings section to expand it. Here is where we make substantial changes to throw targeted advertising from your tracks.

Ads based on details of its partners: If you already see that the words “Not allowed” here, then you are good to go. Otherwise, the extend of this setting, that determines the “ads on the basis of data we received from partners about your offline activities.” Yes, that sounds a little creepy. In the drop-down box, select Not allowed.

Ads based on your activity on Facebook Products of the Company, that you see elsewhere: This section is applicable to websites, apps, and device that use Facebook’s services to serve up ads outside of Facebook. This is the reason why you might see the same ads on the alert on both Facebook and seemingly unrelated websites. Look for the drop-down menu at the bottom and select “not allowed”.

Ads that the social actions: with This setting you can determine whether Facebook can use of your activity in ads aimed at other people. For example, a Facebook friend might see an ad for a page that you like on the service. The two options in the drop-down menu here, “Only my friends” or “No.” Then choose “no one” to protect yourself from these types of ads.

There is one last chapter to your ad preferences. Hide ad topics you can block ads in connection with the potentially sensitive issue of alcohol, parenting or pets. You can choose to hide this for six months, a year or permanently.

While some people choose to ditch Facebook, there are also a number of compelling reasons to stay. If you are in the stay camp, then you can make it more comfortable by adjusting your advertising preferences.

The following steps will not stop ads, but at least you will not see the same pair of shoes to keep your every move, begging you to buy them.

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