Instructions: I think it's safe for us all to a degree ANONYMOUS want to stay when we surf online. There are many curious looks out there looking for our personal information. After the NSA scandal, many of us don't even trust our governments anymore. If you think so simple steps for your anonymity on the Internet Follow, then become yours Regain privacy. Follow my tips to hide your traces and ensure you keep your privacy online!
In this article I will show:
- Why you should hide your online tracks
- Cookies: the way websites track us
- 3 tips for anonymous surfing
- Bonus tips for anonymous search and payment of benefits
Why should you blur your online footprints?
As I have already written, many countries block access to daily websites like YouTube, Facebook and Skype. However, if you want to use these services in one of these countries, you should consider how you can do this without being noticed. You will suspect it and it now applies to all of us: Big Brother is watching you!
Another reason for anonymous surfing is that search engines and advertising networks have already given you a profile. Your preferences are known, your buying habits and also your income situation. Doesn't it bother you that it makes others know more about you than you would tell your neighbor? And that these companies monitor and record all of your online activities? Unfortunately you cannot ask questions there, what they already know about you. You cannot object to this either.
The following graphic shows “Published by Business Insider” what US citizens worry about when you are online and your privacy is an example:
This survey is somewhat frightening, since hardly anyone worries about their anonymity or their data who only moves “normally” on the Internet. But if you spy on your ex-partner!
Online tracking is divided into two areas: local and remote activity logging.
Local activities include your browser search history and cookies that are stored on your computer. While remote activity records when websites and services track you, especially your search activity and online activity. It is important that you have a holistic solution and use tools that hide your traces, both locally and remotely, and thus enable completely anonymous surfing.
But before we get started - a quick note about cookies
A cookie is a package of information that is stored in your web browser when you access a website for the first time, and it also stores data about any website activity on repeated visits. That is the explanation of how you've been looking at what Google Ads can target you lately. Passwords and other personal data are also stored with the help of cookies - and these can be easily intercepted by sniffers if you are on public Wi-Fi (WLAN). Cookies are not a bad thing in themselves, there are advantages to having a personalized online shopping experience. (Here's the full guide: everything you need to know about cookies.)
3 tips for anonymous surfing
1. Use one VPN-Service to hide your IP address and online presence
By using a VPN- Providers enjoy a range of privacy benefits, and they get a new IP address so no one can track your location and identity. Hackers, and even governments and the NSA, are no longer able to monitor your online activity if you have one VPNSurf the tunnel.
Are you already using the anonymity mode of your web browser? This very easily makes your browser and computer anonymous to many companies - but your ISP, government, or employer can still track your activity if you don't encrypt the connection to the Internet. (Read more about the privacy features of a VPN.)
2. Always use your browser's anonymity mode
All internet browsers these days have a privacy mode. It stops your browser from saving your web history in its cache and disables the tracking cookies. This way everyone else who uses your computer at a later time cannot know which pages you have visited. However, your ISP can still track your activities and so can your government. These are the main browsers' privacy modes:
- Mozilla Firefox offers the Private Browsing mode.
- Google Chrome has incognito mode.
- Microsoft's Internet Explorer offers the InPrivate mode
- Apple's Safari with the Private Browsing Mode
Note that using private browsing mode still lets your employers and ISPs (ISPs) monitor your online activities!
3. Log out of search engines and use tools
You may not be aware of this, but every time you use Gmail or Google or other online tools, log in with your profile directly with your web browser. This profile also tracks your online suchanfprotrude and also identify you on external websites as a Google user. Advertisers are even offered to select their advertising for Google users only for certain age groups, gender-specific or even interest-related and much more. The reason why Google and other search engines can offer this is because their users can also be identified when accessing millions of websites.
Many other website operators and search engines collect similar information, including Facebook, Yahoo, eBay, PayPal, Yandex, etc.
Therefore, always leave the applications “consciously” and log out after each use!
Use “No Tracking Tools”
There are also aids / tools (free of charge) that prevent the “trackers” of the websites, and each time that one of these “tracking tools” is integrated on a website. A very well known tool is Ghostery, which I also use myself. These tools very effectively prevent foreign websites from noticing your presence, and at the same time prevent advertisements from appearing on websites. However, this is only 99% effective protection, as long as you are still logged in to one of the services directly in your browser, information can also be transmitted to the operator in another way.
Some bonus tips for additional anonymity online
If you are worried about your payment details e.g. Credit card numbers, then choose anonymous payment methods. E.g. Bitcoin. But since this is not easy for everyone to understand, it is better to use payment providers like Skrill for payment processing to use. Skrill stores your data, but does not pass it on to the website operator. PayPal is connected to eBay and also the US secret services and shares all information about your transactions, so I exclude that. This is definitely safer than entering your data directly on websites.
Clear your cookies manually:
You can also delete the cookies that have been stored on your browser manually, for this purpose all providers have implemented special functions.
The password manager helps: You then have to remember that you will probably no longer be able to automatically log in to online services afterwards, but will always have to provide your user name and password. Since this can be complex if you take password security carefully, I also recommend using a password manager like “LastPass”It is free and you only have to remember one password, the others fill in for you or generate new ones.