Chrome Extension Protects Your Privacy on Facebook, Google

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Maybe you're not keen to share details of your internet activity with advertisers. A Chrome extension called PrivacyFix will walk you through your privacy settings and let you make changes so advertisers cannot track what you do on the web in order to make ad revenue. It also ensures that friends you're connected to through social networks cannot accidentally pass along your information to companies.

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PrivacyFix blocks tracking on more than 1,000 sites, with emphasis on Facebook and Google. The extension will show you your privacy settings on a dashboard, and let you decide what you want to share and what you want to keep private. You can change your settings with the click of a button -- just click "fix" on the site and it explains in plain English what this setting allows. You know those Facebook like buttons you see at the top of unrelated webpages? PrivacyFix will let you disable those. You can also protect your data from Facebook's offline tracking.

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With PrivacyFix you'll be updated if any new sites you sign-up for want to enable cookies. For the sites you can't block, PrivacyFix will send automatically generated messages to the site.

Whether you're worried about the security of your personal data, or just feel a bit creeped out that your web activity is being monitored to generate revenue, PrivacyFix is an easy solution.

Are you concerned about companies tracking you online and showing you targeted ads? Tell us in the comments.

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