Last week we learned the difference between
first party cookies and third party cookies. The
reality is, we all need to be careful about who
we grant access to our browsing activity. Even
if we feel like we don’t have anything to hide,
there is no guarantee of what entities will do
with that information so it’s best to share as
little as possible with strangers. The following
tips help keep your information private online.
Great ways to block online tracking
One of the simplest things you can do to block
third-party cookies is download an anti-tracking
browser extension. The Electronic Frontier
Foundation’s Privacy Badger uses algorithms
to learn which third-party requests to block
while Disconnect uses user-generated lists.
Ghostery allows users to choose whether or
not to grant permission to third-party trackers.
All three of these browser add-ons are
available for Chrome and Firefox.
Clearing and blocking third-party cookies
Most browsers also have options that help limit
the ability of third parties to give your device
cookies, although they are generally less
effective than the browser extensions listed
Search engines that will not track you
Search engines such as DuckDuckGo or
Qwant do not track your IP address or log your
search history, letting you access information
with privacy. While using different search
engines will help, remember that Google can
also access your data via Android devices,
YouTube, and Gmail.
Email services that will not track you
The best option to keep your emails secure
and private are end-to-end encrypted services
such as ProtonMail.
Use a VPN
To avoid being tracked by your device’s IP
address, you can use aVPN (Virtual PrivateNetwork).
This will route your Internet traffic
through a VPN server of your choosing and
replaces your IP address with the IP address of
that VPN server. Be sure to only use
trustworthy VPN services because the
company you choose can access and record
your online activity while you are connected to
There is no such thing as absolute privacy on
the Internet, but you can take positive steps to
limit your exposure. As there are many ways to
track you online, for maximum protection, you
should use a combination of the methods
outlined above. However, even if you only use
a couple of these tools, it will dramatically limit
the amount of information online trackers can
collect from you and help you take back control
of your personal data.
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