Facebook Container, put Facebook in a cage

 Facebook Container, put Facebook in a cage

Facebook, as well as Google and other websites, can track you even when using other websites. This means that Facebook is taking more than just your browsing data. It makes your profile, which is then used for targeted ads.

Facebook Container is an extension for the Mozilla Firefox browser that stops tracking outside Facebook’s website.

How does it work?

When you first run the extension, it’ll log you out of Facebook, delete any Facebook cookies, the text files browsers save and that websites use to keep tabs on you. The next time you load Facebook, Firefox will house it in a separate container labeled with the word “Facebook” in blue in the address bar.

The Firefox Container effort is an extension of Mozilla’s work to isolate different browsing profiles to different compartments of the browser, something that makes it harder for website-tracking technology to piece together your interests, political leanings, spending patterns and other details.

“There’s enormous value in tying this data to your social profile, and Facebook has a network of trackers on various websites. This code tracks you invisibly, and it is often impossible to determine when this data is being shared,” said Nick Nguyen, Mozilla’s vice president of Firefox, “Facebook Container isolates your Facebook identity from the rest of your web activity. When you install it, you will continue to be able to use Facebook normally. Facebook can continue to deliver their service to you and send you advertising,” Mozilla said. “The difference is that it will be much harder for Facebook to use your activity collected off Facebook to send you ads and other targeted messages.”

Should you use it?

Facebook Container is a convenient and useful gadget with few negative sides (other than it slows down your system a bit), so we do think that you should use it, if for nothing else, then just to mess with Facebook.

Platform:
Windows, Mozilla Firefox

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