If you’re wondering why you should bother trying to hide your online activities, we have a few reasons you just might want to consider.
It is well known that many countries block or limit access to everyday websites. If the country you’re in restricts these services, you can be fairly confident that Big Brother has access to watching you and your online activities.
Several democratic countries, primarily in reaction to the expansion of terrorist organisations and major corporate cybersecurity hacks, have passed new regulations authorising widespread internet surveillance.
Have you ever noticed that advertisements always seem to know exactly what you’ve been searching for online? Cookies are tiny plain text files used to personalise your browsing experience by tracking and storing your activities. This can include your ID number, credit card details, email addresses and more. If this information isn’t encrypted and is sent over an unsecured network, it’s 100% readable by anyone who’d like to steal your sensitive data.
Remote Activity Logging
Remote activities include when websites and services are tracking you, your search activity and your online activities. Webmasters can even track all of your Internet activities, even after clearing your browsing history and saved cookies.
So here are 3 suggestions to improve your anonymous browsing
1. Log out from search engines and their tools
You might not be aware of it, but every time you log into Gmail or Google’s other free online tools, your searches are monitored, and a profile is built specifically for you. This Google the opportunity to target ads directly related to your browsing experiences. For example, we’ll never forget Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s controversial quotes about privacy:
“With your permission, you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches. We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.”
Sure, we believe Google are ultimately the good guys (after all, their corporate slogan for years was Don’t Be Evil), but it can be somewhat alarming to realise that they know absolutely everything you’re up to.
2. Use your browser’s privacy mode
All major internet browsers feature optional privacy modes. These restrict your browser from saving your web history in its cache while disabling tracking cookies. Although this is a minor improvement, your Internet Service Provider (or ISP) along with governments, can still track your online activity – to be more specific, every single website you’re visiting.
3. Use a VPN to hide your IP address and online presence
When using a VPN, you benefit from a range of privacy benefits. You can change IP address, route your Internet activity through a remote third-party server, conceal your search activity, and make your traffic completely anonymous so hackers and governments who’d like to snoop into your online activities can’t know your identity. If you’re searching for truly anonymous browsing, a VPN is the way to go. You can read more here about the privacy features available when using a VPN.