You don’t need to be a cyber-criminal to hide your online identity. The level of criminal activities in online world is so higher that you might need to think about hiding your identity to avoid being a victim of hacking and other scams.
There are some basic precautionary measures that you can follow in order to ensure your online safety. To help you understand those precautionary measures, here are some tips.
Understanding Basics of Anonymity
- Keep in mind that there is a log of everything created and associated with your IP address when you open a website. This log mainly includes information about website you are coming from, your browser, links you click, time you spend on the website and your operating system.
- Search engines are advanced. In order to remember your preferences for future reference, they store your search history.
- Social networks also track your browsing data as almost all of the websites, now days, contain social media plugins.
- ISP is the immediate and definite checkpoint of incoming and outgoing internet traffic you deal with.
How to Protect Personal Info
- For registering to different sites, use email address that wouldn’t contain your personal information. The purpose is not about faking things, but it’s about being safe.
- Apart from using major search engines that track your search preferences, you can habituate yourself to using other search engines that wouldn’t interfere in your privacy; e.g. DuckDuckGo.com.
- Never use the same password to create login of every site just because it would save you from hectic task of remembering multiple passwords. Instead, you can use password manager that will remember login information of your every account. Now you are all set to create complex passwords without worrying about forgetting login information.
- For immediate anonymity of your browsing, you can use web-based proxies. These proxies are the servers which collect your requests, readdress them and send to sites you seek information from. While using these proxies, make sure that you are not using the websites which require your login information.
- You can virtually tether your computer with a proxy server that would be out of your network. This process requires you to enter proxy server’s IP in the network setting of your browser. The pitfall of this step is that your incoming and outgoing traffic would be at proxy server’s disposal.
- To increase your privacy online, you can subscribe to the VPN, Virtual Private Network. VPN works almost in the same way as that of proxy server but it ensures better security by consistently switching your outgoing and incoming traffic to multiple IP addresses. However, a VPN server keeps the record of your traffic which it can reveal on government’s request.
- Another Anonymous browsing way is to use the Tor browser. Tor browser sends and receives your internet traffic to and from several proxies that interact with the sites you seek information from. These broken bits of traffic make it difficult for hackers track you. The major pitfall of using Tor browser is significantly slower browsing.