First we had to deal with the enormous amount of email spam that lands in our inbox. Now, we can’t even browse in peace without having a whole bunch of retargeting ads following us everywhere after we visited some sites. Call it being trailed or tagged by the paparrazi cookies but if you are as fed up as I am, there are a few ways to avoid having these pesky ads follow you everywhere.. every day!
Clear Your Browser Cache
Whether you’re using IE, Mozilla, Chrome, Safari or Opera, just find the settings and have your browser cache or browser history cleared. Depending on how severely you’ve been cookied, you may also want to set your browser settings to never remember your browsing history when you re-start your browser. Bear in mind that there’s a trade off for this especially if you’re a bit lazy and want your browser to remember the sites that you’ve visited without having to type out the whole URL. But it’s always good to do some house cleaning. Just favorite some of those sites that you normally frequent if you have trouble remembering the website address.
Clear The Cookies
These little bits of code allow sites to track you when you visit them. While it’s meant to be good but if you’re feeling overwhelmed with ads following you all over social media to normal surfing time, then just clear the cookies or tweak your browser settings to prompt you whenever a site wants to cookie you.
The last method would be use private browsing or VPN (Virtual Private Network). Of course normal folks may not go to that extreme but at least you know that the option is there for you. So in the event that you wish to surf online with your phone, tablet or laptop securely, you won’t have to deal with all these retargeting ads hounding you.