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Who Does This?

These are just a few of the websites that tailor results to you and your clicking history:

  • Google
  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Netflix
  • Google News
  • Huffington Post
  • New York Times
  • Washington Post

Beware of Online "Filter Bubbles"

Pop Your Filter Bubble

Get Rid of Your Search History

Your web history provides Google with a lot of information about you and is used to help determine what results Google gives you. To delete your web history:

  1. Go to Google's homepage
  2. Click on your username in the top right corner
  3. Click on "Account Settings"
  4. Click on "edit" next to the "My Products" header
  5. Click "Remove Web History Permanently"

Delete your Cookies

The first thing to do to mitigate the effects of the filter bubble is to "burn" your cookies. Cookies are data that your web browser stores when you are on a web site. If permission is enabled, other sites can then tell what you were looking at and use that information to determine what to show you next.

Click on the links below to learn how to delete your cookies so ad companies can't use them to personalize ads to you:

‚ÄčDisable Tracking Cookies Feature Altogether

You can also disable tracking cookies altogether. Follow the directions below for each browser.

Go Incognito, or better yet, Anonymous

Personalizing your browser gives websites information about you. You can stop this by using default settings. You can also use an incognito/anonymous browser, like the ones below: