Everyone has their own comfort-levels when it comes to sharing their information on the internet. The truth is that we could all probably be a bit more cautious when it comes to internet privacy.
These steps will help you avoid any of the negative impacts that can come from losing control of your information online.
1. Use Private Browsing or Incognito Mode (But It’s Not Perfect)
If you’re trying to keep your browsing private from other people on your computer, private browsing modes are an effective way to do so.
Incognito mode is useful for avoiding cookies, hiding activities from others on your device, and protecting yourself from some malicious websites. However, it’s not effective in keeping your identity hidden from the websites you visit or keeping your browsing hidden from your ISP.
2. Clear Your Cookies
If you’ve noticed that the ads you see on websites are creepily related to your recent browsing or internet searches, a lot of this can be attributed to cookies. Cookies store small bits of information to let websites know who you are.
Read More: How to Clear Cookies – Norton by Symantec
3. Use a Private Search Engine
Private search engines help keep your search terms from leaking, whether to sites you visit, other users on your computer or to advertisers. Hide My Searches uses encryption to keep your search terms hidden from these groups of people. After you’re done searching, your encryption key expires so your searches are gone forever.
Private search engines also don’t collect data about who you are and what sorts of websites you like to visit. This allows them to deliver more objective search results.
4. Minimize Tracking from Social Media Sites
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social networking sites are in the business of tracking. They want your data so they can serve you very specifically targeted ads. You should take measures to limit the data that these services can collect about you, by changing your settings.
5. Block Ads and Trackers
Ads and trackers create privacy issues. Ads may seem to just be an annoying part of websites, but they often contain scripts that collect your information. For example, if you’re signed in to your Google account and view a Google ad, the company could know that you specifically viewed an ad. If you block those ads from loading, the tracking scripts won’t run either.
Trackers let websites follow your browsing activity even after you’ve navigated away from their page. There is no reason to give anyone additional information about your browsing. Tracker blockers can help prevent these from affecting you.