How To Stay Anonymous Online
Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Web
We are all aware that our online data is at the mercy of big companies, but that doesn’t mean that to keep your privacy you have to shut down the internet and go live in a cave.
Last week, we learned how to bypass online censorship and today we will share some simple tips that you can follow to guarantee a completely anonymous browsing experience.
Tip #1: Improve Your Browser’s Protection
The first thing that we choose to access the internet is our browser. That is our door to all the wonders of the World Wide Web. And that’s the first thing that we need to improve to stay protected.
The oldest trick in the book is to use a private browsing mode. If you are a Google Chrome user that means using Incognito Mode. Yes, that same tab that you use to keep your browser clean from your naughty habits.
Of course, a private browsing mode is not actually 100% percent private. The only benefit is that it prevents any websites from storing cookies on your computer. Which means that they won’t save your browsing information to sell you stuff that’s tailored to your profile.
On the other hand, if you are looking to change your browser for a more secure mainstream alternative you can try Opera. What makes it special? It has a free VPN built into it which can give you a bit of extra protection.
However, you should consider getting a more complete VPN software for a better security combo. That way, you will guarantee that unwanted spies won’t be able to take a peek at your data. You will appear to be someone else in an entirely different country.
Another change to your browsing experience should be to forget about Google. They are one of the biggest companies in the world for a reason: the huge amount of recollected data from their users. I advise you to look for an alternative search engine that is not looking to sell your information.
A good option is DuckDuckGo. It’s free from trackers and it has a cute duck in the cover. What else can you ask for?
Remember that using these tools is still not enough to stay completely anonymous, but they’re a necessary first step to prevent your data from falling in the wrong hands.
Tip #2: Activate your Firewall
What is a Firewall? It sounds like an item from World of Warcraft, but in reality it’s just a software that monitors traffic from your home network to the outside world and prevents unauthorized access.
How does it work? A Firewall isolates your computer from the Internet with a “big wall of code” that examines every piece of data that is coming your way or leaving your computer. That way you are having an extra layer of protection to stay anonymous from dangerous sources.
Make sure to check that your Firewall is always activated. If you are a Windows user you can check it out in five simple steps.
- Open the Control Panel
- Click on System and Security
- Click on Windows Firewall.
- If the Windows Firewall is disabled, the Windows Firewall state will be Off. To turn it on, in the left navigation panel click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off.
- In the Customize Settings window, select Turn on Windows Firewall and click OK.
Now you can be sure that if someone is trying to access and take control of your router it will hit a solid brick wall of defense. You can also look for more complete Firewall solutions like GlassWire or Comodo Firewall.
Tip #3: Avoid Malware and Trackers
Another enemy of your privacy is one that likes to work under the radar. We are talking about malware, a dangerous software that remains hidden in some websites. Your firewall should help you to identify some of them, but you can never be too careful.
Some types of malware can spy on your screen and even record what you type on your keyboard. All that information is then sent to a hacker that can profit with it. That’s why anti-malware software is a strong requirement.
We recommend that you try Online.io, our own homemade solution. With Online.io you can block any kind of malware, ads and tracker software with just one click. We worked hard on it to guarantee the most complete internet protection for free.
Try our free demo version for Google Chrome to claim your online anonymity: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/onlineio-cyber-security-p/pkhboldlpfikllgljcmijlpcgonkojhn
There’s Still More!
Well, there you have it. Some simple tips that you can start implementing right now to protect your privacy and browse the web without fear. There are still more tips and tricks to level up your security and stay anonymous online, but we will have to save them for next week.
We’ll see you there! (Or not. We can’t see you if you stay anonymous).