Sometimes we want to remain anonymous. It is plain harrowing to think that someone behind some digital data warehouses can access files that contain our search habits, sites we visit, celebrities we follow, buying preference, and the list goes on. It has reached a point where advertising companies know what we want; even before we start searching for that.
How do we regain our online privacy back in an age where online privacy scandals and personal data leaks are becoming the order of the day? To hid there are a few tools at your disposal that can make your browsing sessions invisible to hackers, advertisers, government players, or anybody else who might want to snoop on your undertaking.
It is prudent to note that even if you use these tools, the computer forensic FBI-type spy experts can still find you if they make extra efforts as they do, so do not engage in anything illegal, never, as the online sensation Antoine Dodson once said, “We are going to find you.” That stated; some of the best and quickest ways for anonymous browsing include:
Using a Proxy/VPN service
Using a VPN, Virtual Private Network or even a free web proxy is one of the best ways of staying safe and anonymous on the internet.
It is particularly beneficial when you are on an open Wi-Fi, because it hides your IP address, encrypts your data that’s coming and going from your computer.
For this, you’ll need to download and install a quality VPN program like IPVanish, set it up and start using it by clicking on the “connect” button whenever you go online.
It’s your IP address that assists hackers to attack you, online predators in finding you, and advertisers in targeting you.
How a VPN program works in avoiding this is by routing your online traffic through its secure servers, scrambling data and assigning you a new IP address granting you full anonymity. It’s possible to download a Virtual Private Network like IPVanish for free, installing it on all your online devices costing you just a few bucks a month.
Delete your Cookies
We are not referring to the tasty cookies we all love and crave. These cookies are small text files generated by websites to save, among other things, including your history and preferences on sites.
They are used to personalize your browsing experience by tracking and storing your details that in some cases may include credit card particulars, email addresses, your ID number and more.
In any event, this information isn’t encrypted and is transferred over an unsecured network, chances of it being available to anyone who knows and would like to steal your sensitive data are 100%.
To avoid this, you would want to download and install a third-party cleaning program like CCLEANER to clear both flash and regular cookies that are on your computer.
Deleting cookies on popular browser automatically
After eliminating these cookies, it’s advisable to set up your browser to automatically remove them going forward. You can do this by:
Safari – For Safari, the settings for accepting third-party cookies are off by default.
Chrome – Under settings, click on “Show advanced settings,” then navigate to the “Privacy” section. Under “Content Settings”, click on “Block third-party cookies” then press on “Done.”
Firefox – Click on the “Privacy” label under “Options” if you are using Windows and “Preference” if you have a Mac. Click on “Firefox will use custom settings for history.” Then choose “Never”, and you are good to go.
That’s it; if you are concerned about your online privacy there you have it a couple of quick fixes to apply! Go and enjoy anonymous web browsing and the freedom to surf online without any fear of being tracked now.
And if you have any questions as to how you can hide your tracks more diligently over the world wide web, just let us know (we’ll publish a detailed post on anonymous web surfing soon, anyway, for your information).