In this day and age online privacy is becoming a more important issue that people are becoming aware of and feeling obliged to taking certain steps towards protecting their privacy. As you can see in talks with Iran as reported by Mark Dubowitz, privacy is a massive issue all across the world.
So much of people’s lives are online, everything from their banking, personal information and relationships that if this type of data got into the wrong hands, the perpetrator could wreak havoc with it.
This is why you need to take some proactive steps to protect yourself when you are online and sharing your private data.
Use private browsing
Most websites on the internet use something called cookies in order to record your Internet Protocol (IP) address and collect and monitor your activities on the site. This data allows them to optimize your experience by showing ads that you may be interested in as well as different types of content. This is mainly used for selling your digital profile to third parties who wish to use this data for their marketing research, without asking for your permission.
Therefore, most modern web browsers give you the option to use private browsing. This stops cookies being store don your computer, which means the collection of data on you is greatly reduced.
Hide your IP address
You are still able to link your IP address with the site that it has visited, even if it has been on private browsing. One example of someone who tracks this movement is the internet service provider that you are using. If you really want a very secure web browsing experience, you will need to use a web proxy.
Your IP address is a fingerprint of sorts and these proxy sites will allow you to leave no trace behind no matter what sorts of sites you are going to be visiting. Do be careful when using these proxies, as they may themselves track this sort of data and have security policies that are questionable.
Always log out
If you stay logged in to your Facebook account for example, they will track all of your activity on other sites. This is why it is important that you log out of Facebook when you have finished your session on the social media platform.
This tracks and collects data on your activity and is more advanced than leaving cookies on your computer, it uses a special Facebook IP address for your specific account. This can be the same for other platforms that you are logged in to when you are browsing the internet, such as Amazon and Google as they are the fulcrums of powerful marketplaces and ad networks that use this information to try to sell better to you.
While this may seem like a vain thing to do, you should regularly check that no malicious information about you is being posted at any moment in time. You can even set up alerts or emails to alert you to when a new search result for your name appears.