Does Amazon Know What I Just Googled?

By FPL_Adam

It is true. Amazon just might know what you were just Googling. There are ad networks that cross many websites. When you visit each of these sites, these ad networks can start to build a profile about you.

If you have a Frisco Public Library card, watch the video by the experts on LinkedIn Learning that explain just how this happens and what you can do about it: Tech Simplified – Everyday Questions, opens a new window.

Some users appreciate some of the conveniences of this information sharing. Others find it a little creepy. The good news is that there are ways you can prevent this from happening. One of the easiest ways to control this is to switch over to private browsing in your web-browser. This can block some websites from tracking your search behavior.

Safari (mobile device):

  1. Tap the pages button:
  2. Select Private and tap

Safari (laptop/desktop):

  1. Click on the File menu
  2. Select New Private Window

Chrome (mobile device):

  1. Tap the three dot menu icon
  2. Select New Incognito Tab

Chrome (laptop/desktop):

  1. Tap the three dot menu icon at the top right of the screen.
  2. Select New Incognito Window

Microsoft Edge:

  1. Tap the three dot menu icon at the top right of the screen.
  2. Select option New InPrivate Window

In addition to using the private mode of your favorite web browser, there are additional steps you can take to control the information sharing. Use your Frisco Public Library card to hear the experts on explain how to: