Think your social media account is ‘safe’? Even if you don’t have one, they could be tracking you anyway… unless you…
…wait, what? Those friendly thumbs-up people can do that? Even if you don’t HAVE an account? Yup. That’s what we said.
Little scraps of code are enough for them to build a digital profile of you, even if you’ve never signed up for an account.
So, obviously simply ‘removing permissions’ may not be enough.
Your data is advertising GOLD. The heartbeat that drives the internet.
An obvious step people concerned about their security have been doing is to manually change the permissions settings for their apps.
It’s a start, but that may not be enough. Especially for apps that already have your information.
That’s where your device comes into play.
Your settings can change that.
If you own an iPhone or iPad, the steps to block targeted adverts are relatively simple.
Go to Settings, tap Privacy and then scroll down to click on Advertising.
From there, swipe the ‘Limit Ad Tracking’ button.
If you choose to leave the ‘Limit Ad Tracking’ feature off, that means that advertisers can track your browsing behaviour by assigning your device a unique ID number, or a Identifier For Advertising.
When you the option on, your device will be represented as ‘00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000.’
In turn, it will be harder for ad technology companies to track your browsing behaviour.
If you own an Android phone or tablet, the process is very similar.
Open up Settings, navigate to Accounts and Sync, select Google, then Ads and finally, select ‘Opt Out of Interest Based Ads.’
And in case you missed how you can take back your news feed, rather than only getting the news ‘they’ think you should be reading, we’ve got that covered, too.
Because, after all… it’s ‘YOUR’ Social media, isn’t it?
Does your grandpa go off on paltry politicians, whether they be Democrats or Republicans? Does he get misty eyed when he talks about God and Country and America’s future? And have you ever heard him scream, ‘Awww … Hell no!’ when Rosie O’Donnell starts yapping on television? If you answered yes to one, or all of the above, then your gramps will love Doug Giles’ latest book, My Grandpa Is A Patriotic Badass.
Don’t be fooled by the title — this ain’t just for Grandpa.
The Snowflake Generation — and the rest of America — needs a good ol’ dose of ‘Grandpa wisdom’.
Especially if that Grandpa is Doug Giles.
You’ll love My Grandpa Is A Patriotic Badass just as much as Grandpa will.
What makes America so different from other nations? Other nations are built around regimes or systems. But America was built from on ideas. From a blank slate.
Built on ideas that are DANGEROUS to tyrants.
That we have God-Given Rights, like Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Dangerous ideas. Like this one: the people, when threatened, have a God-Given right to stand up in defiance of any government that dares threaten any of those rights.
There’s a men’s version…
And a women’s version, too…
Because in America, the bros AND the ladies BOTH have a rich history of badass rowdiness.