👍 #887 - How Does Facebook Track Me Even If I Don't Have an Account?
View Online: https://newsletter.askleo.com/current-newsletter/
Newsletter FAQ & administration
I hear from many people who don't have Facebook accounts. They're often quite proud of the fact, and consider Facebook (and social media in general) a destructive distraction from real interaction.
Sometimes it's hard to disagree.
But what a lot of people don't realize is that Facebook is still involved in tracking what they do online -- even if they don't have a Facebook account!
This week's featured article goes into the details of how that works.
Also this week: updates that take forever, the System File Checker, and an old favorite in a new package: SysInternals tools.
All the links are down below.
It turned into a bit of a crazy week, so we ended up skipping. Hopefully back next week!
Have a good one!
How Does Facebook Track Me Even If I Don't Have an Account?
You're using it, even when you're not.
Facebook can use standard web protocols to get an idea of what you're doing online, even if you don't have an account.
Also This Week on Ask Leo!
Why Do Updates Sometimes Take Forever in Windows?
|On occasion, Windows Updates can seem to take forever. Here's what to look for and what to do when that happens.|
SFC: the System File Checker - How to Run It and Why
|The System File Checker is a little-known, simple-to-run command-line program. It validates that Window's operating files are undamaged.|
Installing SysInternals Tools
|Microsoft has made these free tools easier to get and keep automatically updated.|
Ask Leo! on YouTube
Subscribe to Ask Leo! on YouTube to get the latest on YouTube.com. Your subscription (and "Likes") help others find Ask Leo!, and the the answers they're looking for.
Should I Switch to Linux?Linux is a viable alternative to extend the life of older machines, or if you're just fed up with Windows. I'll look at some of the issues involved if you switch to Linux.
Installing SysInternals ToolsMicrosoft has made installing and updating free SysInternals tools easier.
Why Do Updates Sometimes Take Forever in Windows?On occasion, Windows Updates can seem to take forever. Here's what to look for and what to do when that happens.
How long to keep backupsHaving a regular backup system in place is critical. But then what? I'll look at how long you might want to keep those backups, why, and how long I keep mine.
Support Ask Leo!
Ask Leo! is supported in part by people just like you! For as little as $2/month you can help, and view askleo.com without ads. For $5/month you'll also get the The Ask Leo! Tip of the Day
Here are examples of tips published this week:
- Tip of the Day: Watch Your CPU Usage for Malware
- Tip of the Day: Restore Trash
- Tip of the Day: Pin Browser Tabs for Quick Access
- Tip of the Day: Get Even More Info From Windows Task Manager
- Tip of the Day: Access Device Manager Quickly
Support Ask Leo! and become a patron for these and other exclusive benefits and discounts!
Other ways to support Ask Leo!.
The Ask Leo! Guide To Staying Safe On The Internet Expanded Edition - Fifth Edition!
Newly updated and revised, with all the latest changes for Windows 10, ransomware, the latest online threats and more.
It's my most important book!
Already own v4? You already own v5! Check your Ask Leo! Account. Already have the FREE edition? That's been updated too! Check your Ask Leo! Account.
Share Confident Computing!
Share the confidence: forward this (without your unsubscribe link at the bottom) to your friends! They'll thank you! (And so will I!)
Did someone forward this to you?
to get your own copy each week. It's FREE!
Become a Patron
Ask Leo! Books
Social & more!
Not All News Is Bad - Each day I look for one story in the current news of the day with a positive bent. Just one. And I share it.
HeroicStories Since 1999, HeroicStories brings diverse, international voices to the world ' reminding us that people are good, that individuals and individual action matter. Stories - new and old - are published twice a week.
7 Takeaways - I've resolved to read something of substance each day and identify one idea to "take away". Once a week I post the takeaways I've collected for the week.
leo.notenboom.org - My personal blog. Part writing exercise, part ranting platform, it's where I write about anything and everything and nothing at all.