in line with mh's excellent suggestions above, the EFF Privacy Badger extension is free and simple to install; on most websites I see zero targeted ads when it's active
for those who haven't already done so, it pays to dig around in the privacy and security settings for each of your social media accounts and turn off everything you can that helps the platform sell your data to advertisers
― Brad C., Wednesday, 2 November 2022 22:59 (four months ago) link
I don’t mind getting ads for things I’m interested in. I’d rather get those than things I’m not interested in. But I agree the tech behind it is often creepy.
― Position Position, Thursday, 3 November 2022 00:00 (four months ago) link
As people have pointed out upthread, it's bizarre how once you've bought something, the algorithm seems to think you want to buy the same thing all over again. For weeks after I bought a plane ticket to Thailand, I was getting ads for special deals on flights to Thailand. But I've already booked the flight, why would I need another one? They're literally targeting the one person who would have absolutely zero interest in booking a flight to Thailand!
― Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 3 November 2022 00:08 (four months ago) link
Target sends me an email advertising cat food about an hour after I get home from buying cat food
― mh, Thursday, 3 November 2022 00:41 (four months ago) link
oh no i lingered over a photo of a christmas sweater with the stranger things logo on it except it was "manger things" and a nativity scene and now i'm detecting a rapid influx of christmas ads being served to me. this post probably isn't helping me out here.
― ꙮ (map), Thursday, 17 November 2022 18:35 (four months ago) link
maybe google "hajj 2023" "how to convert to judaism" and "diwali candles" ?
― rob, Thursday, 17 November 2022 18:45 (four months ago) link
not a bad idea
― ꙮ (map), Thursday, 17 November 2022 18:46 (four months ago) link
there was a web privacy app I read about years ago that instead of engaging in the arms race of protecting you from profilers, it silently did lots of random searches to make your data meaningless
― rob, Thursday, 17 November 2022 18:49 (four months ago) link
It's still out there: https://github.com/essandess/isp-data-pollution
― Elvis Telecom, Monday, 12 December 2022 07:39 (three months ago) link