In this day and age, everyone wants a little privacy, the idealistic genre has the mind “if you don’t have anything to hide, then…” kind of attitude, and as you get older you come to have a great appreciation for privacy. There are some steps you can take to help your own privacy along. I was reading Rob Lightner’s article for CNET, “Five Smart Ways to Keep Your Browsing Private”
- One of you biggest concerns is to get rid of all tracking cookies on your computer. There is a free software that does this called CCleaner. It is very good, I have tried it.
- Opting out of tracking by use of third-party software such as PrivacyChoice, which offers several tools to aid in this endeavor (I have never used it).
- Another thing you can do is to prevent the depositing of those tracking cookies and you can do this by making changes to you web-browser. This is something I do and quite simple to set up. Just search for you specific browser the way to browse privately.
- Anonymous browsing. According to the article he uses a TOR set up, which I have never used but may toy with sometime. Apparently TOR protects you via encrypted pathways, thereby protecting the anonymity of your IP address.
- Anonymous browsing using proxies. This is similar to StartPage’s (www.startpage.com) Proxy setting where you use StartPage’s resources to search for something without yielding your IP address.
Of course, there is always the use of a thumb drive being set up with another operating system and setting it in such a way that you save nothing, to be totally private. I tried this with an old version of Linux when I was in college, but my computer kept locking up. Just couldn’t figure out what was going on. Apparently the thumb drive itself was not very compatible with Linux, so I changed the drive and it worked great.
Hope this is useful to you!