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Browsing Sensitive Data Sensibly

The internet is like a room without any walls. There are people out there who can see and track what you are doing online, and sometimes even obtain your IP and location details. This is not what you would want, especially when you are accessing sensitive content on the web. But in the present scenario, with a number of companies resorting to behavioral tracking, browsing sensitive subjects can be difficult. So how do you prevent others from tracking you, when you search for information about a hereditary or any other medical condition that you do not want others to know about? What if you want to watch adult content in private, without being tracked?

Here are a few ways how you can ensure anonymous browsing of sensitive subjects on the internet.

Masking your IP

This is the best way to prevent website advertisers and social media ad networks from tracking you around on the internet. IP masking is to prevent the trackers from getting your actual IP address or your location. There are many ways to do this, one of which is to use proxy servers. In addition to that, you can also use VPNs or virtual private networks that allow you to browse the net anonymously. There a many more tools that can be used for ghosting your IP and anonymous browsing.

Using the ‘private mode’

When you don’t want anybody to see the history of websites that you have visited, you can use what is called the “private browsing mode” in your browser. In Mozilla Firefox, the option is simply known as “Private Browsing”, in Internet Explorer it is “InPrivate Browsing” and in Google Chrome, it is the “incognito” mode. Apple’s Safari browser also has an option called “private browsing”. These options are used to prevent storing of web pages that you do not want others to see. However, they are not enough to stop others on the internet from tracking you.

‘Do not track’ plug-in

The ‘private browsing’ feature in web browsers did prevent tracking for a while, but hackers found a way around it. Private browsing does not save cookies and offers limited protection. For one, it cannot prevent online ads and social media sharing buttons from tracking and following you on every site you go. This gave birth to the ‘do not track’ plug-in for web browsers. This plug-in is better than the private browsing option as it can stop online advertisers from tracking you. Not only that, this plug-in also lets you see who is tracking you online.

Although all the popular web browsers including Mozilla Firefox and IE have this option, this won’t work unless the website supports the technology. All it does is inform the site that the user does not want to be tracked. Hopefully, this should change with Microsoft’s idea of making the ‘do not track’ mode into the default browsing mode. While the idea is being appreciated by online privacy advocates, it is, as expected, facing opposition by online advertisers.

Truly anonymous browsing

While these options may or may not make you anonymous on the net, there are a few tools that allow web access through encrypted channels. With such tools, neither website ads nor any other government agencies will be able to track you. However, if all you need is to prevent behavioral tracking by online advertising networks, these tools may seem a little too much.

In any case, the internet is not a very secure place and it pays to take precautions to protect your privacy. For all you know, you could be risking the security of sensitive information by neglecting the dangers of being tracked online.

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  1. AlexsB
    October 3, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I use encrypted connections with http://pirateray.com/proxy to browse anonymously and hide my IP. No issues so far.

    • March 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      It all depends on where you are going, what information they are collecting about you, etc… Remember that every ISP in the world uses a proxy through which they send your information to the world. These are public proxies and they are used to monitor your online activity. By passing all of your activity through a single source such as Pirate Ray, how is that any different? In fact ISP providers are heavily regulated on what and how they store information about you and no such restrictions are enforced against proxy providers so you are probably worse off using a single source…

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