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How To Keep Your Internet Usage Private?

by DiTesco

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So what’s new about our privacy getting worst every minute that goes by. The internet has given plenty of opportunities and has in a sense made our daily lives a lot easier. Shopping at the comfort of our homes, watching movies, communicating with our friends and family, building a home or small online business, are just among a few of these digital perks that frankly many of us today can not live without.

But all these comes with a price. Snooping our habits, tracking what we do and don’t do, eavesdropping, etc. are all there, and loosing our privacy has gone from a troubling possibility to an uncomfortable reality. Every second, gigabytes of information roams around the internet and of course, all these vast amount of info, is there for grabs.

So, one may ask, what can we do to make our information more private. How can we avoid important and personal issues from getting public? The answer to that question is probably just a simple “stay away from the internet”. But then again, that really is not an option, right?

With that said, there are some ways to keep your internet usage a bit more private. The infographic below, courtesy of whoishostingthis.com, provides some tips to stay safe. Obviously, some of these tips may not be as “realistic” for some of you, like letting go of Google search all together. Nonetheless, the idea is for you to know that being online is letting go of your privacy (some) in one way or another.

As WhoIsHostingThis.com says:

… not all this sharing is funny cat videos or hipster-fied pics of your niece’s lunch. In that same “Internet minute,” twenty people find they’ve become the victims of identity theft. Countless more, however, are victims of a far more insidious sort of theft: data mining. Depending on the browser and services you use, your every click, website visit, and online purchase can be collected, analyzed and used to create a profile that’s readily sold off to advertisers and government agencies. A quick visit to a gardening website could mean ads for heirloom tomato seeds are in your Facebook future; buying a bingo bag for your sweet old aunt Mildred could lead to unlooked-for AARP adverts in your mailbox.

Fortunately, you can take steps to protect your privacy, even in an age of “free” apps and crazily-specific targeted ads. Encrypting your files and emails, switching to a more secure browser, and—if you have the emotional wherewithal—even pulling the social media plug altogether are just some of the ways you can keep your personal information from becoming a public matter…

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1

Olawale Daniel

November 1, 2013 at 8:34 am

The big trackers finally exposed!!!

Google has been doing this for very long time. It is not a new discovery for me, I only search stuffs I want them to log, if not, I’ll use other services.

And why they do that is to personalize searches for adwords customers.

That’s one of the reasons why these companies policies changes on regular basis..

Thanks for exposing them once more…

2 Nhick November 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

Nice one.. thank goodness both of my favorite browsers got this kind of ‘private browsing’ feature but it’s always good to have options though..

3

Arbaz K

November 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Incognito mode helps a lot in staying safe when surfing online. Also it doesn’t record any history of pages visited.
The infographics is great and I came to know about a few things that I didn’t knew. Thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

4 Juan November 7, 2013 at 12:08 am

for data that store at hard drive, I will use encrypt software to encrypt my files and put password. For me it is a good practice if we can do it regularly BUT it just for sensitive files only

5 Ghautham November 17, 2013 at 4:21 pm

In among all the possible armor you could were online to protect your privacy the best one is PureVPN. Purevpn securely tunnel down all the connections from your computer to the secure server of the services you are using.

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