Enhance Your Online Privacy and Security with These Tips
- Written by Remar Sutton
- Category: Articles
There are many threats to your online privacy and security. Some of these threats include advertisers and businesses tracking you and thieves trying to steal your financial and personal information. There are steps you can take to protect yourself starting with these tips.
You can control cookies through your browser settings. The default cookie setting for many browsers is to accept and save all cookies. You can change the setting to not accept cookies, to only accept first-party cookies, and clear cookies when the browser is closed. To locate the cookie settings, look for the privacy and security in the browser's menu under options or preferences.
Tracking of your online activities isn't limited to cookies. Supercookies are small files stored in a browser's local storage.
Tracking of your online activities isn't limited to cookies. Supercookies are small files stored in a browser's local storage that use Flash technology or HTML5 to store settings and preferences. These supercookies are harder to delete because they aren't stored with regular cookies.
Browsers have privacy and security settings that you can adjust to control how much information they can keep, store, and show. If the browser provides it, turn on the Do Not Track setting. This will provide you some protection even though most websites will ignore your preference. There are tools, such as Disconnect, Ghostery, and Privacy Badger, that you can use to help reduce tracking. They are available for various browsers and devices. The free versions work well.
Most browsers offer a private browsing or incognito mode. In this mode, the browser doesn't save the cookies, browsing history, search records, or other information. Check out what the mode can and can't do with the browsers you use.
A VPN or Virtual Private Network encrypts the internet traffic between your browser and the remote server operated by the VPN service. All internet traffic from your device goes through the VPN server. To other devices on the internet, your IP address (internet address) is the IP address of the VPN server which helps to mask your identity and reduce tracking. There are many VPN services so before choosing one, read all privacy policies carefully. Most charge a monthly or annual fee. A VPN can be very useful for protecting your personal and financial information.
Mobile Tracking and Apps
These resources provide many more tips and describe some of the above tips in more detail.