You know that expression? Women (or men), you can't live with them but you can't live without them. The same goes for social media networks.
We've gotten so used to chatting with people anytime, anywhere, it's hard to imagine giving it up. Let's face it, social media is a lot of fun, although you do need to be cautious.
Facebook, of course, is the giant with roughly 2 billion active users each month. There are a lot of things to love about Facebook.
You open the site or app from any internet-connected smartphone, tablet or laptop. Suddenly, you're communicating in real-time, or close to it with billions of people around the world.
You see photos of your kids and grandchildren. You watch live videos of your friend's wedding or breaking news from around the world, and so much more.
But there are downsides to Facebook and other social networking sites, too. A big one is the invasion of your privacy by Facebook.
Facebook tracking everything
To be fair, when you sign up, you're allowing Facebook and other websites to keep tabs on you. You typically agree to this when you register on the site, although it may not always be clear that's what you're doing.
However, you may not realize just how closely Facebook keeps tabs on everything you do. Just think about this: Have you ever gone to a website like Amazon, searched for a specific item like wireless earbuds and then the next time you're on Facebook, you see an ad for wireless earbuds?
That's no accident. Facebook knows that you've visited other sites looking for earbuds (or books on raising teenagers or used cars, or whatever it is that you look at online).
If you like seeing ads that reflect your interests, no worries. Let Facebook continue tracking everything you do.
But if it gives you the creeps that Facebook and other sites are watching your every move, keep reading. We'll tell you how to make them stop invading your privacy!
Bonus: Do you follow Kim Komando on Facebook? Visit Kim's Facebook page here.
Facebook is tracking everything you do, even when you're not on Facebook. The good news is, it's easy to stop them from tracking you.