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ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Online marketing and advertising seem to be getting smarter with age. From social networks to microblogging or even photo sharing, targeted ads have seem to have taken over. But how irritating is it when you search for a product online, then close the browser and suddenly that product is following you from site to site?

What online advertisements irritate you the most?

Tracking technologies now use things like web cookies to collect our browsing information from site to site. Marketing and tech companies then compile that data to bombard us with ads for similar products. So as the ad industry steps up their game, it’s time for you to do the same. Here’s a few ways:

Regularly clear your cookies across all devices. Ad trackers will then have a hard time following you. Certain phones like apple and android also provide advertising i-d information. Found inside your phone settings, you can hit a reset button to clear your tracked marketing information. Google also offers a tool called my-activity-dot-google-dot-com, which you can use to take a look at the deep data stored about you and delete information like your ad history. Some more intense steps you can take include installing ad blockers and/or tracker blockers, as well as using a private web browser.

You can also take the time to opt out of internet-based advertising with certain sites. Companies like google, twitter, and apple offer instructions on opting out of receiving ads based on your interests.

Contributor(s) to this news report include: Gabriella Battistiol, Producer; Angela Clooney, Videographer and Editor.

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