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Facebook stalking you? Stop it now

Facebook has tied up with several retail stores to share shopping habits, demographic data and contact information for targeted ad campaigns

By Surit Doss in Calcutta
  • Published 6.01.20, 12:00 AM
  • Updated 6.01.20, 12:00 AM
  • 2 mins read
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Facebook stopped photo syncing several years ago. If your photos are still being uploaded to Facebook, it is because you have not updated the app on your phone. Shutterstock

Q Facebook seems to know whenever I buy something and is actually learning my shopping habits. Is there a way to stop this?

Diya Malhotra

You probably became aware of this because of the advertisements being shown on your timeline. Facebook has tied up with several retail stores to share shopping habits, demographic data and contact information for targeted ad campaigns. Luckily, you can stop this by tweaking Facebook’s settings. However, this is buried quite deep inside.

Open the app on your phone and tap on the hamburger menu on the top right. Go to Settings & Privacy—Privacy Shortcuts. Under Ad Preferences tap on “See your ad settings”. Press on “Ads based on data from partners”. On the next page, tap on Continue at the bottom. Look for “See ads based on data from partners” and change it to “Not allowed”.

Old updates

Q I find that Windows does not remove old updates files while updating the operating system. These files have consumed almost 2GB of storage on my Acer Tablet Iconia W3 with Windows 8.1. How do I get rid of these without any adverse consequences?

K. Jain

Windows 8 requires about 16GB of hard disk space for the 32-bit version. The update files occupy around 3GB. This version of Windows is pretty bad at deleting old files on its own.

To delete old files, press the Windows key+Q to open the Search screen in Windows. You could also place the cursor near the top-right corner of the screen and click on Search in the charm bar. Type cleanmgr.exe and press Enter. When the Windows Disk Cleanup utility shows up, right-click on it and select “Run as administrator”.

You now have to choose the partition on which Windows is installed. For most of us, it is C:\.

The Disk Cleanup utility will scan your system for junk files before its main window is displayed. Put a tick mark next to Windows Update Cleanup. You could also select the other options to clear out junk files such as temporary Internet files, system error memory dump files, Recycle Bin, log files and other temporary files. Click on OK and the selected files will be deleted. This is the safest way of making space on your hard drive.

Battery bane

Q I switch off my three-year-old Samsung On 5 Pro every night at 11pm and reboot it at 7am. Even though the phone is off, the battery drains from 60 per cent to around 20 per cent. Is this due to a weak battery or something else?

A.K. Agarwal

The first thing you should do is update the phone’s software if you haven’t already. Also, make sure to update the apps regularly. Next, you should check in Settings which apps are draining your phone’s battery. Usually, these can be found under Device Care—Battery, depending on the software version of the phone. You could also not shut down the phone to check how much the battery discharges through the night.

If a software update does not solve your problem, you probably have to replace the battery. However, I would suggest that you get a new phone instead of wasting money on a new battery since your phone is already three years old. Newer phones run the latest version of Android and are much better at optimising battery usage.

Facebook photo

Q My photos and videos automatically get stored in my Facebook account. How do I stop this?

Pradip Datta

Facebook stopped photo syncing several years ago. If your photos are still being uploaded to Facebook, it is because you have not updated the app on your phone. To turn off photo sync, open the app and go to Account—App Settings—Sync Photos and tap on “Don’t sync my photos”. Then, update the Facebook app.