Do you get the feeling you are being watched…online?
If an online commercial service is free, like online newspapers, Facebook, Twitter etc, then you are not the customer…you are the product.
Many online services make money selling who you are and where you go, to third parties and advertisers.
When you are logged in, some services can track almost everything that you do online.
When you ‘like’, ‘share’ , or even access content, you can be tracked, even if you are not logged in.
If that bothers you, then there are a few simple steps that you can take.
Browser extensions like https://Disconnect.me allow you to visualise the amazing number of sites that are tracking you and block them. (Do Not use on Internet Explorer).
A similar extension called https://Ghostery.com can be used on a smartphone.
Look for the HTTPS:// in the address bar as this indicates that you are on a secure site.
You can install a browser extension called https://eff.org/https-everywhere that forces sites to use secure https:// connection.
Do not use the options to use your login from one application to log into another. Keep your logins separate and reduce the tracking links that you make online.