How To Keep Your Web Surfing Anonymous

Posted March 14, 2019 by Beejay Adoghe in Browsers

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How To Keep Your Web Surfing Anonymous

In modern society, we all make use of the Internet on a daily basis, and we become familiar with its useful flexibility. Over time, this falsely lulls us into a sense of anonymity in numbers. Typically, we believe others would never know our true identity in this virtual world. Whereas in reality our constant connection with the Internet, it leaves us unknowingly sharing tons of information about ourselves and details of your computer. It also shows which websites you peruse, your browsing habits as well as your different geographic locations as you travel going about your daily business.

The many entities in the online industry collect this information you distribute. They mostly do so for fairly innocuous reasons such as marketing purposes, as well as the improvement of the web’s various personalized service deliveries to you. The purpose of surfing the web anonymously serves mostly to circumvent those technologies keeping track of your online activities that over time directly or indirectly expose personal information about yourself to those looking to use it for nefarious purposes.

Internet Pitfalls

Should you surf the web anonymously, no one will know who you are, how and where you connect from all which sites you regularly visit. Commonly, people associate anonymous web surfing with malicious hackers, extramarital affairs, illegal distribution of data (cracked versions of copyrighted programs, movies, music & photographs), and other illicit uses. However, considering the personal safety and security anonymous surfing provides, as well the numerous legitimate reasons anyone would wish to preserve their online anonymity, surfing the web anonymously may just be the greatest favour you ever do yourself.

Why Anonymity?

Legitimate reasons for anonymously surfing the Internet includes restrictive web surfing policies by employers, avoiding advertising trackers and accessing streamed video content only available in certain countries. It also includes avoiding that collection of your search queries by search engines and avoiding spam mail from advertisers on the sites you visit. Furthermore, it allows anonymous participation in Internet blogs and forums and allows you to speak to others in complete privacy about sensitive medical conditions.

IP Addresses

Each electronic device connected to the Internet possesses its own completely unique Internet Protocol Addresses (IP). The IP address could remain static or change each time the device connects to the Internet. This way your computer becomes tagged with own unique identifier each time you start surfing the web. IP addresses allow glitch free Internet communications and provides your PC with a unique address identifying it to all computers it connects to. This is similar to a car’s registration plate identifying it while travelling on the highway.

IP addresses, in themselves, contain no personal data that may identify you. However, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) possesses all the necessary information allowing the company to link your name, credit card number, phone number, house address, and email address to your IP. Luckily ISPs remain subject to strict internal as well as governmental policies and laws protecting your privacy and will not reveal any information about yourself to a third party without a court order instructing them to do so.

Cookies

Third-party sources may utilise minuscule text files called cookies to keep track of your web browsing habits. Your web browser saves cookies to your computer whenever you visit any website. These files may contain information such as your login details and your personal user preferences, and data about the contents of your personal e-commerce shopping carts as well as other identifiers. Cookies allow sites to customise, personalise to further improve each of your web browsing experiences, which saves you time with regularly repeated visits to a site. Prime sites such as Betenemy use cookies to identify your preferences and help you remember which links and services you previously preferred and from this, compile advice which links on the site may be of most use to you.

Deducing Your Identity Online

While IP addresses and cookies contain, carry, and offer none of your personal information, it is exceedingly easy for even the least technical of people (scam artists, hackers, and investigators) to deduce and compile an astonishing amount of personal information and other information about you when they combine these simple computer identifiers with other data revealed in your surfing habits and search history.

Remaining Secure and Anonymous

It is recomended that you install and always use a really good VPN. It will protect anyone from identifying your computer’s unique IP address as the VPN serves a purpose quite similar to that of a proxy server connection to the internet. Also, regularly clear the cookies, download, and search history stored by your browser. Refrain from using your Web email account and especially do not use a singular website such as Google to serve as both your search engine as well as your email provider. The combining of the two may leave a trail of leads for cybercriminals to follow.

 

 

About Beejay Adoghe

Beejay Adoghe is basically a computer scientist and a tech geek bent on giving top-notch information.
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