As the tech world is becoming more advanced in every field, there is a wide impact on technology in every single aspect of our life. Especially, the internet and mobile phones have become the two essential things in our life and now we can’t even imagine our existence without these things. But, with all the perks we are getting, there are also some serious cons which we have to face in our life while using all these things. The main concern of using the internet for online users is related to his data privacy breach and how to stay safe from any kind of online identity theft.
As we talk about the recent real-life example, the tech titan company likes Facebook was playing fast and loose with their online user’s data, when it reveals the connection of Facebook with Cambridge Analytic. With this online scam, the integrity of the company we trust is now in doubt. This is a fact that the tech giant companies like Facebook and Google treat their users like their products. Now, after this online scam, most of the online users have become more conscious about their online data and started using the internet anonymously, just to provide the less access of their personal data to the tech companies. Even, to secure their personal and sensitive data, many netizens seek for the ways that how to stay safe online, but there is no bulletproof way to be a complete anonymous.
In this anonymous browsing guide, the online users will get to know some effective methods through which he can be more secure online. However, it is impossible to remain completely anonymous, as most of the online users have numerous online accounts containing their personal information that is susceptible to being hacked, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reduce our digital footprints.
The main purpose of this article is to guide online users on how to stay safe online and what kinds of precautions to take while using the internet to keep their online information safe and private.
Guide for How to be More Anonymous and Stay Safe online
Here are the following ways through which every online user ensures his data is more secure and less traceable to be fall in the hand of any online hackers.
Safely Browsing the Web
Usually, most of the online user use common browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox Mozilla, Safari, etc. for surfing the internet, which keep on storing the important data like history, cookies, downloads, and many more important things related to the user’s internet surfing habits. Well, some alternative search engine and browser are much safer to use but if you are in a habit of using the common browsers, then take the following precautions: –
While using the internet, just block the third-party cookies on the common browsers. By this, it won’t allow third parties like online advertisers to get access to track your online habits of surfing the internet.
If you are using Chrome browser, then go to setting > Advanced > Content Setting > Cookies > Block Third-Party Cookies.
Try to use incognito mode in your browsers
If you want to do any kind of important work over the internet, always try to use private browsing mode like Incognito, which will not store any cookies and your internet history. However, it will still record your IP address.
Try to turn off location tracking
Though, the IP address will be still traceable while using the private browsing mode, just turn off location tracking that will make it more difficult to find the exact location of the user easily.
In Google Chrome: – Setting > Advanced > Content Setting > Location > Ask Before Accessing (On)
Note: the user must separately turn off notifications if the user doesn’t want any sites to ask to view your location.
Use the following browser extensions for your online safety: –
Disconnect third-party data tracker
Always take precautions while using sensitive information over the internet. Try to detect and block the third-party data trackers which you find suspicious unless you personally opt to whitelist them.
The acronym of HTTPS is Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure, which is an advanced and more secure version of HTTP. Always try to use HTTPS (secure) sites over HTTP (unsecure) sites, which have a more protected connection and keeps the user’s data safer.
Set up a VPN
A VPN routes your connection through a VPN server, which masks your all web activities from outsiders. VPNs are valuable because of they:
- Hide your IP address
- Allow the user to browse the internet anonymously
- Mask your location
- Provide a secure connection even on public Wi-Fi
Alternate Search Engine and Browsers
There are some alternate search engines and browsers that don’t track your internet surfing habits and other important data of the online users.
The Tor browser effectively hides the location and all activities of the online users by routing the browsing through thousands of servers.
This search engine is known for refusing to track personal information and all searches and even block the advertising trackers.