Privacy concerns have always dogged Facebook. Recently, after admitting that they are using tracking cookies to store a member's online browsing activities, the issue of privacy rears its head once again.
Internet cookies aren't harmful to your computer. It is simply a code used by websites to communicate with your web browser. Cookies allow your computer to store passwords, save your preferences, and keep track of online purchases. Supercookies do the same thing, but unlike traditional cookies, supercookies are not as easy to remove from an individual’s web browsing history.
Facebook has long admitted that they are using tracking cookies to ensure that the site's advertisements are tailored to the preferences of its 800 million members. However Facebook actually uses supercookies to keep tabs on member browsing activity for up to 90 days after a visit.
So what do you have to be concerned about? Privacy advocates look at this breach as a glaring intrusion on Facebook users' private lives. Given that supercookies are better equipped to collect data, there is always the concern that the site can acquire personal information and later sell it to third party parties which may use it such information in ways not authorized to users.
Congress and the World Wide Web Consortium are currently discussing guidelines to govern online privacy because of this recent development. PCWorld recommends open source applications like SlimCleaner for the Windows OS, and BetterPrivacy and NoScript for the Firefox browser. All three are free for download and versions for Mac are also available.
Regular cookies can be manually removed from your computer. Removal of Facebook cookies, as well as those from other websites you don't wish to store, should be stripped after each visit. Remember that deleting cookies means that you lose all the saved information pertaining to these sites, such as log-in information.
Learn how to remove cookies from the web browser you use by using the process described below.
Regular cookies can be removed from Firefox or IE by accessing the Tools menu on top of the Internet window.
Online privacy is a sensitive issue which, if breached, carries the potential to cause tremendous harm to any web user. Take the proper precautions and stay updated about it. This is the only one way to keep your browsing history more protected.