Network 5 More New Tips to Browse the Internet Safely and Privately

5 More New Tips to Browse the Internet Safely and Privately

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How to browse online safely

Did you ever really stop to consider how dangerous it is to browse the internet, even with your VPN on?

Your history of logging into a website may be logged elsewhere (such as with the server from which the website is hosted). Private browsing may not prevent all forms of logging but it makes it difficult for others to see it when they use your internet connection.

Tip 1: Consider using Tor

Tor browser

Tor is a complex VPN option that goes another level to keep you anonymous when online. The software was created with good intentions in mind, even though it has been in the news being related to illegal actions some users have completes such as sharing sensitive information on the ‘dark’ web.

Tor lets people gain internet access without detection. The software lets users access websites that may be blocked from being accessed. Dissidents and whistleblowers have been able to connect with the media and share information without being detected. Law enforcement agencies also use it to prevent their IP address from being tracked.

Tor is known to slow down internet browsing speed but it is free to download. Your computer remains undetected and unknown as you surf the web with safety components bouncing off details from your computer so they cannot be traced. The software is easy to use. You can choose to volunteer with the maker of the software to let your computer be used to ‘bounce’ for other users.

Tip 2: Saved files should be cleared

How to clear your personal files

Saved files help your computer remember things about your web history. Delete this information. The cache saves the computer from downloading unchanged content on a web page.

The cookies save details related to logging into accounts. The web history saves time by not having to completely type something in the search; data is autocompleted and pops up easily.

You can remove this information from your browser to prevent someone else from trying to access personal information if they use your computer.

If you use Internet Explorer, in the top right of your window click cog and choose Internet options. Select General-Browsing History, then click Delete. You can choose data you want to remove.

Tip 3: Check privacy settings for Facebook

Facebook privacy settings

Facebook is known for making changes to their privacy settings without letting users know about it. This means you need to check privacy settings more often to stay on top of any changes. Doing so keeps you informed of options to keep your account safe.

Facebook will walk you through the settings so you know what to do. Look for the lock icon at the top right of the page after you log in. Select Privacy check-up option and go through the steps provided.

As you go you can choose to make changes. The process is interactive and offers more insight on activity associated with your account. You can also click See More Settings when you click the lock icon.

Tip 4: Use private browsing when using your mobile browser

Mobile private browsing

The same privacy browsing actions on a computer can be applied to your mobile device. You may not realize tracking software can also be installed on mobile devices without your knowledge.

Location services on your mobile device pose a safety threat because it details your current location to others tracking your web use.

Tip 5: Monitor your network

Monitoring network

Private browsing is implemented on your computer only. Meaning, your information can still be shared with routers, servers, and other computers. The website’s server gets information from your computer as you travel the internet.

A router can collect this information which allows educational or corporate networks to be accessed by the administrator. Your internet service provider can access your internet activity if you have a router at home.

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