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Old 03-11-2018, 11:22 AM
 
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I recently bought a new computer and thought I would take the opportunity to open a Facebook account strictly for the purpose of business reasons, for example a company that uses Facebook rather than having their own webpage.

I signed up with a completely anonymous name and email address. I made sure that nothing was input that would indicate my name or where I work or who I was. The reason I did this was because I have no desire to "be on Facebook".

Even though I did all these things, as soon as my Facebook was created under all these criteria, my mother's picture and Facebook account came up as a recommendation to me, along with a few others. I thought maybe this was just by chance. But then yet for several days, here's my mom's picture coming up for several days. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate my Mom. But I have no desire to communicate with people on Facebook.

What the heck is going on here? How is Facebook determining who my mother is and other people when I don't put anything into the profile to indicate these things???? It makes me feel as if their software is data mining my computer and determining who owns the computer to identify me? Is this what is going on?
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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First of all, in order to be anonymous, before getting your facebook account, you need to sign up for a new email account using a different name and DOB than your own and never use that email account to contact anyone you do not wish to be in anyway connected to you, then what you search using facebook and any friends you have searched for on your facebook account, will then show other people somehow related, so if you searched out a friend who is also friends with your mother or has friends somehow connected to your mother, then there is a good chance your mother will show up on yours as a suggestion.
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:43 PM
 
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First of all, in order to be anonymous, before getting your facebook account, you need to sign up for a new email account using a different name and DOB than your own and never use that email account to contact anyone you do not wish to be in anyway connected to you, then what you search using facebook and any friends you have searched for on your facebook account, will then show other people somehow related, so if you searched out a friend who is also friends with your mother or has friends somehow connected to your mother, then there is a good chance your mother will show up on yours as a suggestion.
I did exactly what you said. Never searched any friend or relative just signed up using an email that had no DOB or anything like this at all. Right off the bat, without me doing anything, it brought up my mother's Facebook and friends of hers and it was obviously going to be nonstop. No way it could have done this without data mining into my computer and perhaps accessing some other account. And why my mother's account would be up front and center is beyond me. Nothing on my computer or any account is connected to my Mom.
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:46 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Some tips here
https://www.techlicious.com/tip/how-...b-anonymously/
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Germany
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I did exactly what you said. Never searched any friend or relative just signed up using an email that had no DOB or anything like this at all. Right off the bat, without me doing anything, it brought up my mother's Facebook and friends of hers and it was obviously going to be nonstop. No way it could have done this without data mining into my computer and perhaps accessing some other account. And why my mother's account would be up front and center is beyond me. Nothing on my computer or any account is connected to my Mom.
Perhaps your IP address links your two accounts, and Facebook has worked out the two accounts are somehow related.
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:36 AM
 
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Perhaps your IP address links your two accounts, and Facebook has worked out the two accounts are somehow related.
I don't live with my mother.
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:40 AM
 
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it's the cookies...
did you delete them before signing up?

they track your email/other logins as well

but yes, facebook is invasive... people complain about NSA spying on them when they run off to facebook and share the information willingly
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:41 AM
 
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Thank you for this link. That's a lot to go through just to avoid this Facebook trying to link you to everyone you have ever known and people they know.

Meaning, going to a business Facebook page is much less important to me than having to go through all that just to have Facebook sending me 100s of messages daily about who I might know. I'll just keep avoiding businesses that only have their information on Facebook like I've been doing.
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Old 03-12-2018, 03:30 PM
 
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it's the cookies...
did you delete them before signing up?

they track your email/other logins as well

but yes, facebook is invasive... people complain about NSA spying on them when they run off to facebook and share the information willingly
It was a brand new computer. That's why I couldn't believe it. Somehow Facebook got in and found out my actual name from some other website or email and then did it's work. And I have a firewall too. So, yes, this is really unbelievable.
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Old 03-12-2018, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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It was a brand new computer. That's why I couldn't believe it. Somehow Facebook got in and found out my actual name from some other website or email and then did it's work. And I have a firewall too. So, yes, this is really unbelievable.
Having a firewall is not relevant- *you* initiated the contact with FB and invited it in. Your firewall is just keeping the uninvited out.
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