This article contains information on how to block Facebook on a single device, we recomend you use a Network Level Blocking Strategy with something like a PiHole if possible.If you're using a laptop, or desktop computer the best way to block Facebook tracking is edit your hosts file(Windows or Mac). The reason you want to use your hosts file is it blocks all network activity, in cluding background processes, programs and apps. Using a browser extension or plugin, only blocks network activity from your web browser.
If you want to just block Facebook tracking, add the following to your hosts file:
If you want to block Facebook entirely, add this below the information above:
Save the file and you're done. The lines that begin with a "#" are comments, you don't need them, but it helps you keep things organized. The "127.0.0.1" tells the computer to redirect any traffic to that domain, back to the local computer, preventing it from getting out.
If you're not comfortable editing your hosts file, here are some browser extensions, that will block Facebook tracking:
- Privacy Badger Extention- A customizable tracking blocker that can be used to block multiple services including Facebook.
- Disconnect Extension - Blocks multiple social media tracking services.
- Disconnect FaceBook Tracking Pixel Extension - Only Blocks Facebook tracking.
You should NEVER have the Facebook App installed on any phone you actually use, it tracks every call you make, every place you visit, every person you are near, and every website you visit. Additionally the amount of personal information that can captured using your phone's accelerometer is terrifying.
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