We all like browsing the internet. From research, purchasing to sending and receiving messages online, many users are faced with one challenge. How to stay anonymous online!
Every user has his/her own reasons to stay anonymous online. Some would want to avoid those pop-up ads that keep on disturbing you while browsing. Others want to ensure their privacy is not compromised completely. It is worth noting that the more users are on the web, the more hackers and cybercriminals are trying to spy on all the online activities.
Browsing the web anonymously comes with its own benefits. But how can you achieve this in this digital world which is full of mass surveillance? You may decide to turn your browser’s incognito mode or download plugins to clear your tracks but here are some tips on how to surf the web without leaving a trail.
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1.Go the private browsing way
Let’s face it! Many at times you have found yourself going to a cyber to send or read your emails. You will agree with me that most of these computers we use are not completely protected and they are more likely to make hackers spy your online activities. So what do you do?
If you are to use such services, or you are using a shared computer or a laptop, ensure to turn on private mode to prevent your browser history from being stored on that cyber café or shared computer.
2. Hide your IP address
An IP address is a must for you to browse the internet and without it becomes difficult for sites to know where to send your requests which break your internet connection. However, you can mask your IP address using a VPN service.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) will substitute your real IP address with a strange IP address making it hard for anyone to trace your online activities since you will be using an IP address for your VPN. It is important to note that not all VPN services are the same, so choose wisely while you are shopping for your VPN service.
3.Restrict your browser from sending location data
Most of the browser we use today features the ability to send your location data to sites you browse. This is said to help you get relevant information. This can be an easy way for hackers to know where you are at any given time.
So what do you do?
Stop browsers from sending your location data where it is not necessary.
If you are a Google Chrome user, head to Preferences, then hit Settings, go to Advanced zufangSettings then Click Content Settings and either restrict any website to track your geographical location or ask when a site wants to track your location.
In short, On matters concerning browsing the web without leaving a trail, there are a lot of forums out there discuss on ways to anonymously surfing. The most important things are advised users to use VPN services, switch off cookies, or using the private browsing mode within your preferred browser.
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