5 Ways to Easily Increase Your Internet Security
December 12th, 2012
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In this age of technology nothing is private. In fact,Ā NSAĀ whistleblowerĀ William Binney recently statedĀ that literally every email sent in the US is recorded by the FBI.
For those living in reality, it has been know that since the 90ā²s under President Clinton, programs such asĀ Echelon monitored nearly every phone call, fax, and emailĀ in the United States.
Sites like Facebook have been known toĀ record users web history even when they are logged out.Ā GoogleĀ has had toĀ pay out millions for its privacy violationsĀ such as disablingĀ privacyĀ settings on Internet browsers to allow them to track you. Google Street View cars used to take pictures for Google Earth wereĀ caught stealing passwords and informationĀ from home computers it drove past. The list of privacy violations by U.S. intelligence groups and their corporate front groups are too many to list.
Good Internet security is not about āhaving something to hide.ā It is simply about protecting your personal information from groups who wish to use it for reasons you may not want. What good are passwords if your information is not truly private? Here are 5 easy steps everyone can take to increase their privacy.
1. CHANGE YOUR SEARCH ENGINE!
UseĀ Startpage!Ā StartpageĀ removes all identifying information from your query and submits it anonymously to Google so you get Google search results without having your information mined. Your IP address is never recorded, your visit is not logged, and no tracking cookies are placed on your browser.
2. DELETE FLASH COOKIES REGULARLY.
Most people are familiar withĀ cookies, small pieces of data sent from a website and stored in a userās web browser while a user is browsing a website. Many are unaware thatĀ FlashĀ also leaves cookies on your computer. BookmarkĀ http://www.macromedia.com/support/Ā to view and delete Flash cookies regularly.
3. USE A NEW BROWSER.
Two preferable browsers for everyday use would beĀ Mozilla FirefoxĀ andĀ Opera. Add-ons or Extensions can be added to these browsers to increase privacy such asĀ Ghostery, to block web bugs, pixels and beacons that are included on web pages, andĀ Facebook Blocker, which blocks Facebook from viewing your browsing history.
4. USE CRYPTOCAT TO CHAT!
Encourage you friends to addĀ CryptocatĀ to their browser.Ā CryptocatĀ instant messaging platform lets you easily have private conversations with friends without it being viewed by any third party.
PeerBlockĀ lets you control who your computer ātalks toā on the Internet. By selecting appropriate lists of āknown badā computers, you can block communication with advertising or spyware oriented servers, computers monitoring your p2p activities, computers which have been āhackedā, even entire countries! Edit the settings to allow your favorite sites and block others!
No one can be totally private on the Internet but with these beginner steps, you can start to stop your information from being sold to the highest bidder.
For more advanced and secure systems make sure to check outĀ The Tor Project. The Tor Browser is one of the best tools used by everyone from media to law enforcement to massively increase privacy when browsing the Internet.
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