How to Avoid Tracking of Personal Data on the Web

by Daniel Segun January 13, 2020


Brief Description of the Problem

Of course, everyone would like to maintain the greatest degree of anonymity while using the Internet. Every day, attackers’ desire to get your insider information is becoming increasingly clear. Moreover, after the well-known conflict with the NSA, as well as the exposure of the CIA’s hacker plans on WikiLeaks, many people have difficulties with trusting government agencies.

Moreover, crackers and emissaries gained experience and significantly expanded their capabilities. One such crime could be theft of your personal data through public wireless networking. Even your neighbors or work colleagues can be hunters for information about someone else’s private life.

In this article, we will present the most effective tips to help you stay as anonymous as possible while surfing the Internet and maintain your own privacy.

To simplify the description, we divide the anonymity on the Internet into two directions:
“Social anonymity” uses when a person consciously or unconsciously talks and writes about himself on the Internet.
“Technical anonymity” is used when the leak of deanonymizing data is associated with the used technical tools and applications.

Consequences of the Third-Party People’s Access to Your Personal Files

If you think about the goals of anonymity on the Internet and doubt the need to hide some aspects of the activity, pay attention to the following points that can clarify the situation.

• Government tracking. Many people are aware of the national or foreign agencies that are looking for ways to access your network. Penetrating into your device, they install tracking and malicious software that makes it possible to track the actions of each person. A particularly characteristic consequence of this phenomenon is the restriction or blocking of access to everyday Internet platforms. If the state in which you reside uses similar methods, keep in mind that any of your actions can be monitored.

However, there are a few democratic states, which, in connection with the increase in the number of terrorist groups and cases of hacking of the public cybersecurity, have adopted the series of new provisions that allow monitoring user activity.

• Cookie tracking. You can notice that pop-up ads too often match your previous Internet requests. Do not be surprised, because the solution lies in the cookies. These small text files personalize your views and also track and store the activities. The stored data may include bank card data, identification number, emails, etc. Unencrypted and sent over insecure network information is fully accessible to anyone who wants to steal your personal data.

Marketing organizations and other agencies form ideas about you using information about your interests and tastes. For instance, purchases that you made earlier or routine queries can help to understand how you behave online even in the absence of a complete descriptive picture.

 • Remote actions. There are times when various services and websites follow you through the analysis of search history and other actions. All the components of your Internet behavior are seen by your provider who has access to visited sites, uploaded files and all your personal conversations. Moreover, even deleting cookies and clearing the search history will not help to avoid this situation.

For the reason of using open Wi-Fi access points, your device can be attacked by crackers, who want to declassify your data and use it for their own purposes. The most terrible truth is that you may not even know about it.

What You Should Do to Keep Your Privacy

You should log out of all accounts and search engines. Google’s involvement and assistance in facilitating our daily lives is an indisputable fact. However, all your actions begin to be tracked a second after entering any of the free tools (Gmail, Google Drive, and others). Thanks to this, the company has the opportunity to select an advertisement that is the most suitable for you.

The picture is even more frightening to the words of the CEO about your safety. Eric Schmidt mentions that we give the company access to find out literally all the information about us and our loved ones, allowing to improve the quality of searches. They know who you are, where you were, what you did while you were in this place, and can suggest where you might be tomorrow.

You need to use the anonymous mode

Each of the main web browsers offers the possibility of using an additional security mode. Thanks to this, your Internet browser will not be able to save your search queries. Despite this disabling of file tracking, the provider and government agencies will still have access to the history of your activity on the network and will see every page that you visited.

You can use a VPN to keep your IP address and Internet activity private

Virtual Private Network offers many benefits related to the solution to your privacy issue. They include the ability to change the IP address and hide search history, as well as redirecting activities using a remote server. Due to the anonymity of your traffic, attackers and the government will not be able to track your network activity.

Bonus Advice for Extra Online Anonymity

• Confidential payment system. If you do not want to provide your own data during the paying for Internet VPNs, consider using Skrill, Bitcoin and other safe methods.

• Always on Virtual Private Network. If you turn off the VPN, all unencrypted information will be sent in text format. An integral part of your VPN is the Kill Switch option. With it, after the connection is interrupted, the same thing will happen with the transfer of your data.

• Duck Duck Go web browser. Thanks to it, you can minimize the use of cookies, thereby ensuring almost complete anonymity. This browser does not save your search history or IP address information. In fact, all personal data will be available only to you.

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