Nearly everything you do online is trackable if you don’t take the right precautions. The sites you visit, the files you download, your credit card information – even your location and other personally identifiable information can be tracked and compromised.
Without the right protection, you could be revealing your identity with every click – not just to the sites you visit, but also to ISPs, hackers and government agencies.
If you prefer to hide your identity when using the Internet, there are several ways to do it. Let’s look at some of the most common options and what kind of protection each provides.
How to Protect Your Identity on the Web
1) Use a VPN
No surprise here. A Webfully VPN (virtual private network) is arguably the best way to completely hide your identity online.
The VPN hides your IP address and encrypts all of your data, so that nearly every step you take online remains untraceable. On private or public networks, a VPN ensures that no hackers can see your data. And your ISP can’t track your online activity either.
Keep in mind, however, that any information you enter on a website (such as a credit card or password) could still be compromised if the receiving site is hacked – so you need to be careful about the sites you trust.
Additionally, your VPN won’t necessarily block cookies being saved by your browser as you visit different sites. So you’ll want to take some additional steps to stop those cookies from collecting tiny bits of data about you.
2) Go incognito
All the major web browsers now offer some form of “Incognito” or “Private Mode.” This is a simple way to prevent your browsing history from being saved and also block cookies from being stored on your computer.
Cookies enable websites to retain information about you and your device, for the purposes of ad tracking, demographic analysis or convenience (such as retaining your login information). So if you don’t want that stuff tracked, it’s better to go incognito.
Some browsers will also block your IP address from being visible to a website when Incognito Mode is enabled. However, this method will NOT stop your ISP or savvy hackers from seeing your online activity. That’s why a VPN is still strongly recommended.
3) Manually block cookies
If you prefer to block cookies all the time (whether in Incognito Mode or not), your browser likely has a setting.
Google Chrome also allows you to send a “Do Not Track” request with your browsing traffic. You can set your browser to clear all site data and cookies every time you close the browser.
4) Be careful with your personal information!
Safe web practices are essential for protecting your identity online. All it takes is one false step to compromise your financial information or have your identity revealed or stolen.
Here are some basic tips to keep in mind:
- Use a strong and unique password for every site
- Only shop at trusted, reputable online retailers
- Never send financial information or social security numbers over email
- If you don’t have a VPN, never enter personal information or login to any websites over a public network (i.e. at a coffeeshop)
- Be cautious about entering any data into a site that doesn’t use SSL technology to encrypt your information (look for HTTPS in the URL, instead of HTTP)
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