Who is Watching Me on the Internet and How Can I Browse the Web Anonymously?

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One of the best gifts the Internet has given us is the ability and the freedom to connect to anyone in the world from anywhere in the world and find out anything about anything. But along with that freedom comes the problem of how to keep yourself safe when you’re on the web.

Do you know that most websites you visit track your browsing habits long after you’ve closed those pages? Do you know that Google knows your every movement on the Internet? Were you aware that Facebook keeps track of everything you do online even when you’re not even using Facebook?

Do they have your permission to do this? Yes, of course, otherwise it would be called illegal spying. Legal spying, on the other hand, is what they’re good at. Each time you accept a site’s cookie policy or agree to an app’s terms and conditions, you’re giving it all sorts of permission.

Of course, most of us don’t even bother to read those because we’re not all lawyers. And as consumers of Internet content, we are the most trusting people on the planet! Bad, you say? Unfortunately, that’s the hard truth. Here’s an article I recently wrote about what data Google collects from you:

Internet Privacy in Shreds: What Data Does Google Collect About You and Why?

So who’s watching you on the Internet? And Why?

Practically everyone, as I’ve shown. But the ‘why’ is not as sinister as you might think. For the most part, browsers, websites, mobile apps and web apps (like Facebook or Gmail) collect data so they can deliver a better experience to their users. For example, it will tell them what pages you visit so they can offer page suggestions the next time you’re there. Or in the case of ad tracking, it’s so they can serve you the most relevant ads possible.

However, while most web asset hosts (these are the people that own websites and apps and so on) are only looking for constructive uses for your data, there are unscrupulous ones that will collect and then sell your data to market research companies. While I believe this is highly unethical, it may be legal because you accepted the terms without reading it in the first place.

The most dangerous situations occur when your data is shared with people that have criminal intent on their minds. Of course, personally identifiable information such as full names, addresses, phone numbers, email iDs, credit card information and so on is usually safeguarded with highly secure methods, but any kind of data that gets into the wrong hands can be a nightmare for you. Ask those who have been victims of cybercrime or identity theft and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

You need to be careful about who you are sharing your personal information with on any online platform. This means that the sites which ask you to accept certain cookies to continue the browsing experience can use the same details and access to engineer attacks against you. Most individuals that use torrenting platforms to download everything from movies to software need to be careful about sharing sensitive personal information or storing any passwords on their computers. You never know where the attack will come from. To know about the best and most secure torrenting platforms, please visit https://proxy-rarbg.org/.

How Do You Protect yourself Online?

One of the best ways to protect yourself online is by giving yourself anonymity. It’s a complex process, but you can make it simple by signing up to any one of dozens of reputed Virtual Private Network services. Referred to as VPN for short, these services allow your IP address to be masked by using what’s known as a proxy. There are several ways in which they do this, but suffice it to know that with the best VPN services, you can browse the Internet with total anonymity. Websites won’t even know which country you’re from if you’re using a solid service like StrongVPN.

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A similar option is available for smartphones on the Apple App Store, Android’s Google Play and others.

The best VPN services are those that not only give you anonymity, but also allow you to choose from a wide selection of locations to login from. Because the VPN method takes your Internet connection through a few hoops before it can be masked, your data speed might be affected. Choosing the right location will mitigate that problem to a great degree.

There are also a ton of other things that VPN services do, such as offer free versions for you to try out, multi-device packs with mobile support, ad blocking (although I believe it’s not ethical to do this) and so on.

Never forget that a VPN service cannot control what data you voluntarily share online such as your personal information. When browsing, never give out your personal details to untrusted sources. This is often the easiest way for hackers to get your data and misuse it.

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So whether you’re browsing the Internet on your desktop, smartphone, tablet or any other device, be aware that information is precious and never to be shared with any unauthorized person.

The safety of your data is mostly in your own hands, and if you’re just a little bit careful it can go a long way in protecting you from hackers and cybercriminals.

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