Firefox: Facebook tracks your activity across the web, thanks to a network of “Like” buttons and embedded ads. If that creeps you out Facebook Container can help.

This Firefox extension stores your Facebook cookies separately from the other cookies in your browser, and only provides access to them when you’re actually browsing Facebook. This means Facebook can’t easily track you while you’re browsing other sites. To quote the Mozilla blog:

When you install this extension it will delete your Facebook cookies and log you out of Facebook. The next time you visit Facebook it will open in a new blue-colored browser tab (aka “container tab”). In that tab you can login to Facebook and use it like you normally would. If you click on a non-Facebook link or navigate to a non-Facebook website in the URL bar, these pages will load outside of the container.

Of course there are many ways sites can track you online, and cookies are just one of them. Facebook might have a way to watch you even with this extension installed, but this is going to make it harder. Be sure to look into how much Facebook knows about you; maybe you’ll see a difference after using this for a while.

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Justin Pot has been writing about technology for over a decade, with work appearing in Digital Trends, The Next Web, Lifehacker, MakeUseOf, and the Zapier Blog. He also runs the Hillsboro Signal, a volunteer-driven local news outlet he founded.
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