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Jill Olkoski

Jill has a MA in Clinical Psychology, a BS in Computer Science, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

She currently owns Aldebaran Web Design in Edmonds (near Seattle WA) and enjoys educating her clients on topics related to small business website design.

In Jill's previous life, she spent 17 years in the engineering and quality organizations of a Fortune 100 tech company.


Hide Your Browsing From Facebook

October 21st, 2010

Are you a member of Facebook and have noticed that when you’re logged in, it seems that on many major websites, the site seems to know that you’re on it? Are you concerned about privacy and don’t want Facebook following you around? An engineer who works for Google has created “Facebook Disconnect”.

Here’s the original article: Facebook Disconnect Built By Google Engineer Brian Kennish

An excerpt:

“Google engineer Brian Kennish has created Facebook Disconnect, an extension for Google Chrome that covers your tracks while you surf the Web and, according to Kennish’s description, “blocks all traffic from third-party sites to Facebook servers,” while still allowing you access to”

I recently joined Facebook and after being on for a few weeks, decided to terminate my account over concerns regarding privacy. I must admit, it was a little creepy to be visiting websites that I visited before I joined Facebook, and suddenly it was as if my familiar websites were connected to my Facebook account. Apparently this is called “Facebook Connect”.

If this kind of thing has been bugging you, and you’re a Chrome user (Chrome is a web browser made by Google), then maybe Facebook Disconnect will help. The article doesn’t state whether it’s available for Firefox or Safari.

J. Olkoski
Aldebaran Web Design, Seattle
Jill Olkoski has a BS in Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She delights in using her advanced technical and psychological skills to help small business owners develop cost-effective and successful websites.

2 Responses to “Hide Your Browsing From Facebook”

  1. Stephen Crippen Says:

    Hi Jill, this is great! Thanks. The install was quick and easy. I love Facebook – I’m an extravert, and I work alone a lot so I like connecting with people – but it did feel like Big Brother knew everything about me. It’s gratifying to go to my favorite sites and *not* see Facebook looking back at me with information about myself! Thanks again.

  2. Jill Olkoski Says:

    Hi Stephen,
    So glad this worked for you!

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