How To: Disable Facebook’s Social Plugins

It is already pretty ubiquitous on the web; your Facebook profile seems to pop up everywhere! If you go to CNN, you find yourself already logged in with your Facebook profile and able to comment with it. If you go to Pandora, your music preferences are automatically shared with the site.

Logged in everywhere!

This form of “instant personalization” of sites using your Facebook profile is a privacy slippery slope. Therefore, if you are interested in protecting your privacy, you have a few options to do so…

Opting Out of Specific Sites

Instant Personalization on Yelp

Most decent sites that partner with Facebook, like Docs, Yelp, Pandora and others, allow you to turn off the personalization option upon visiting the site for the first time.

On the other hand, some other sites, such as CNN Money, don’t really provide you with any options to turn it off so you’ll have to look for other ways to do it. Turning it off on a case to case bases is a tedious and annoying endeavor.

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