Internet query from a Luddite. Please help.

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by slowmotion, 9 Feb 2018.

  1. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    We have a broadband account with BT, and a wi-fi router at home that the three of us use. Today, using Google, Lady Slowmo was looking up restaurants in Pollensa on her tablet. Tonight, random adverts for restaurants in Pollensa started popping up on my laptop, a completely separate machine.

    How does that happen? If somebody could explain it in simple terms, I would be very grateful.

    Thank you.
  2. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    They Know EVERYTHING.
  3. Trickedem

    Trickedem Veteran

    if they are both logged on to the same account. I use google chrome on my laptop, then when I go on my phone I get adverts for stuff I was looking out on the laptop. is very bad for this.
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  4. OP

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    Sorry, which same account?
  5. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    Presumably a Google account?

    I noticed this sort of behaviour on some of my devices a couple of weeks ago. There is something creepy about it ...

    I was just searching for information on this and found some young man complaining that his porn searches were popping up on his mum's phone! :laugh:
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  6. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Even if the same account is not being used, the advertising could be targeted based on the router IP address.
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  7. OP

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    That was my suspicion. If it's true, it is a bit creepy. How do you thwart them by hiding your IP address?

    Edit: Is it Google I should be trying to thwart or some other monolith?
    Last edited: 10 Feb 2018
  8. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    From your router it is a bit tougher than from an individual device. I think there is not a lot you can do as IP renewing will be done by your ISP. You could try frequent rebooting of your router, or just block the adverts and scripts in your browsers.
  9. Google isn’t a public service. If something is free to use, you are the product.

    Google uses your IP address to target advertisers. There are anonymises you can use else you’ll need to switch search engines.
  10. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Or go incognito to search? Incognito searches do not cause this annoying phenomenon - so I'm told.

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  11. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    Two tips.

    1. Install an ad blocker on the laptop.
    2. Learn to ignore ads.

    Internet advertising is a little bit crap. Despite the wild claims of the people selling the stuff it seems to be only a little more nuanced than press advertising. If you've recently visited a website or searched for something moderately specific an ad will follow you around the web for a while - I'm currently being enticed with adverts for post-grad courses in social work at Liverpool and for director of housing jobs in Manchester. I can see how both appeared, but they aren't right.

    One additional tip, to ensure peace of mind for the discerning Mrs. Slomo. If you must browse for things you think she'd be upset by (that was the subtext, wasn't it?) either use the incognito function or set her up with her own accounts.
  12. PaulSB

    PaulSB Guru

    I’m not 100% sure of this but I have a vague memory that if you obtain a static IP address it is simpler to hide. Without teaching you to suck eggs a static IP is yours and doesn’t change.

    I use Google and as with others I get the same ads popping up across three different devices. While I find it ever so slightly irritating this is far outweighed by the satisfaction I get in knowing these people who spend money harvesting my activities are wasting that money.

    Why? I’m able to zone out of ads completely, I hardly even notice their position on a page let alone content. Secondly I tend to notice when an ad offers a product I have searched - 99/100 times I’ve purchased the product before the ads appear. If I haven’t purchased I’ve lost interest.
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  13. Dave7

    Dave7 Guru

    There is (seriously) a simple way to stop it........but(seriously) i cant recall it.
    On iether your laptop or lady slowmos tablet there is a symbol which you click on and cancel.
    It happened to me and mrsDave 12 months ago....someone told me what to do and it was really simple. Alas I am a technophobe and cannot remember but there is a simple solution.
  14. Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member
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  15. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    They can still track your address. Browser fingerprint too.

    Install a script filter ( for Firefox) and stop using Google, Bing or Yahoo. (Duck duck go seems OK and fairly friendly.) That'll stop 80% of the shoot.
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