I know, most Chrome users will not like this, but Firefox has been advocating a better, more open and safer web. It has various built-in tools that increase your online privacy and security. I’ve been using the Fox for many years and I’m a big fan.
A number of these tips will also work on other browsers, though.
1. Browser privacy settings
Make good use of the built-in possibilities. Some of these are also available in Chrome, possibly by installing plugins.
Prevent sending every character you type into your address or search bars to Google by disabling “Provide search suggestions”. (you can leave the search bar on, if you want, but you don’t need it, you can search from the address bar).
Set a master password to prevent people having access to your computer from simply firing up your browser and being able to log in anywhere.
Speeds up your browser and helps prevent your data from being aggregated.
Here’s the catch: you will be logged out of all services.
So yes, you need to log in again every time. But Firefox’ password manager makes this quite fast to do.
In this example, when I close my browser I clear all:
- Browsing and download history (my address bar suggestions are only bookmarks, speeds things up)
- Form & Search history
- Cookies (all of them, to prevent tracking, it will also log you out everywhere)
- Offline website data
Enable tracking protection
Always enable tracking protection, and always send website a Do Not Track signal. Easy peasy.
Disconnect actively blocks activity trackers as you are browsing away. It has been named New York Times’ favorite online privacy tool in 2016 and 2017, and currently has an install base of over 60 million.
They have a Pro and a Premium version that cover entire devices and offer VPN connections.
3. HTTPS Everywhere
HTTPS Everywhere by the Electronic Frontier Foundation is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that enforces use of the HTTPS versions of as many sites as it can, making sure your more of your traffic is encrypted.
4. Facebook Container
Freshly released yesterday, Facebook Container by Mozilla helps you control more of your web activity from Facebook by isolating your identity into a separate container. This makes it harder for Facebook to track your activity on other websites via third-party cookies.
If you really want to up your data privacy, go for a proper VPN connection, preferably on all your devices. Don’t use a cheap or a free one.
This is a quick list, but can make a big difference.
Do you have things to add or tips to share?