Facebook use a service they call "Pixel", and that allows any website (could be a clothing store, or a news agency, or a garage door company) to sign up for Facebook pixel. Then on their own website pages, they add Facebook Pixel code. When a visitor views that page, the facebook code executes and facebook will then look to see if that visitors data (ie do you have a facebook cookie on your computer) is in their database. If yes, they will sell *ALL* your personal data to that company who's website you just visited.
Now I have to re-iterate this. It means that any website you visit on the internet could be paying Facebook for your personal information. This also allows Facebook to track every website (that Pixel is running on) that you visit too.
The Australian show 4 Corners dedicated a complete episode to how Facebook Pixel operates, so if you have not seen it then you might still find it on iView.
Summary. The mere fact that if you have a facebook account and have used your computer to login to that account at some stage, then Facebook will either use the cookie stored on your computer, or your computer and IP meta information, to uniquely identify you and build a profile of your internet usage and sell your personal information to any website that you visit which is paying for "Pixel" services! What a disgusting company, but once again You did read all the Facebook terms and conditions before you signed up.. RIGHT?.
As a test I set my firewall to deny all requests from my browser and log. With the browser loaded (and not a single website visited), the browser (Firefox) attempted to make 60 connections to the internet over the course of a few hours. These connection attempts were primarily being made to Google / AmazonAWS and Akamai IP ranges. The only question is WHY. What is even more ironic is I have a computer with Firefox and Chrome installed, but the computer is not connected to the internet at all and each time I use one of those browsers on that computer they complain that my copy is damaged because they can't check for updates? They are not even smart enough to see if there is an internet connection available before they attempt to connect. They really must be working under the assumption that every computer is on the internet at all times!
Now the instant you turn on your computer, if there is an internet connection, Windows connects to Microsoft. Once again we have to ask the question, who is paying for all this bandwidth. With the number of instances of windows running around the world and the number of internet connections each instance makes, that equates to a huge amount of bandwidth. Yet you only pay for Windows once, how can they justify the cost of running all the update servers? What data is your computer transmitting back to Microsoft every time it connects? If we are not paying with money, what are we paying with?
When you install Windows 10 now, it wants to force you to create an online account, which then also logs you onto your computer. That's absurd and it means that each time you log into your computer, you are also logging into microsoft and the store. That is just another level of tracking that you should be aware of and the fact that once you have your computer logged into microsoft that in effect is giving permission for your computer to transmit whatever it wants to your microsoft account online. That is just absurd. You should only log into a service IF and WHEN you need to use it, not be forced to make it mandatory to be *always* logged into that service!
Nothing is done to benefit the consumer, it's done to exploit the consumer. Remember that the next time you let your computer connect to the internet, or you sign up for a so called "FREE" service or cloud storage.
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