Browse internet anonymously
For most of the internet users, privacy has become a big concern. We don’t know when and where we are tracked. It also been seen that we don’t know how safe is our information.
Most of the time we think we might be in a serious problem if we browse as per our interest.
We keep on hearing how governments have set up surveillance and we might be tracked by the government agencies or even sometimes by the ISPs (Internet Service Providers) at the request of government agencies.
Well, this can be really creepy, and we might simply want to surf the internet without revealing our identity. This will include your IP Address and your private data.
The big question is, is it possible to surf the internet as no one?
Yes, it is possible, and in this article, we will discuss how we can do that. This article is meant to address your concerns, related your privacy.
With this article, you will learn:
How you can surf the internet anonymously.
How to do private browsing?
what are the steps you should take to surf the internet safely.
It is a common practice for the websites to track your IP address along with the basic configuration details of your PC, like OS version, web browser version etc.
It also keeps a track of your activities, like any product you are searching or any place you are searching to travel. Suddenly, you find that ads related you are searching are being displayed on the websites you visit, in form of a banner.
For example, you might have been searching iPhone 6S. You open Yahoo to check your email, and you find ad banners related to iPhone 6S is displayed on the Yahoo page. This is because your search has been tracked, to serve you with Ads according to your preference.
If you don’t want this, then there is a simple solution. Just go to the settings of the Chrome browser and go to the cookies section. Select the option, “Keep the local data only until you quit your browser”. Restart the browser. This should stop the tracking.
Alternately, you can opt for search engines which don’t track your search history or doesn’t save cookies on your PC.
One such search engine is “DuckDuckGo”, which allows you to search anonymously without being tracked. You can also use chrome in Incognito mode, which ensures that no traces of your web activities will be left behind, once you quit the browser.
However, few reports suggest that while no history of web activity is left behind, it definitely tracks the searches executed by the user.
You can also opt for VPN service, which will ensure safe as well as anonymous surfing without being detected.
Some of the free VPN service for chrome is Hola, Nord VPN. These VPNs can also open those sites which are blocked by your ISP. You can open these block site without the risk of being detected. If you are surfing on mobile, then you can opt for “Betternet” free VPN service.
Apart from tracking through user executed searches on the search engine, it has been found that social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook are also capable of tracking user activities on the web.
This is not harmful, as they track just to serve you with Ads as per your activities on the web. Most of these tracking is location-based tracking. However, it definitely compromises your privacy. So, how do we stop it?
The solution is simple just use any of free VPN as suggested in the previous section, that will automatically stop tracking.
These free VPNs automatically turns off the location service. Alternatively, you can log out of the accounts once you are done and then log in to the other websites.
As a precautionary measure, always clear your browsing history once you are done for the day. Make sure you log out of your social media profile once you are done. Do not visit any untrusted site, which can compromise the privacy as well as security.