WHAT'S PRIVATE WEB BROWSING?
As you move around the internet, websites track your visits, your internet service provider logs your traffic, and search engines store your geographical location. All of these things place you at risk and leave you susceptible to invasions of privacy. More recently, with the increasing popularity and growth of social media platforms, anonymity on the internet continues to decrease. Protecting your information and privacy requires an ongoing and concerted effort. Thankfully, there are some methods you can implement to your browsing that will you cover your tracks and limit the information you are giving out.
Incognito tabs are an option in your Chrome browser that allow you to browse the web without that activity information saving to your computer. The incognito tabs ensure that no traces of your browsing appear on your computer by stopping sites from placing cookies on your browser. However, this is about all they do and for that reason are more of a convenient tool then they are a substantive privacy method that protects against larger threats.
VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK (VPN)
Because Tor can prove to be slow at times, a virtual private network offers a faster and nearly as-secure alternative option. VPNs are a service that route your connection through a server to provide safe and private web access. To ensure safety, data travels through secure tunnels, and VPN users must use authentication methods -- including passwords, tokens or other unique identification procedures -- to gain access to the VPN server. This creates a safe and encrypted connection over a less secure network. However, a third party could still see the data that you are sending, so while this is a great option for routine browsing, any sensitive behavior like online banking may remain susceptible to privacy incursions.
Tor is protective software that prevents others from monitoring your internet behavior by bouncing your communications around a network disturbed all around the world (also referred to as an onion network). Although Tor is often associated with the darknet and criminal activity, the browser is also often used for legitimate reasons by law enforcement officials, reporters, activists, whistle blowers and ordinary security-conscious individuals. TOR was originally developed by and for the United States Navy to protect sensitive U.S. government communications.
While Tor continues to be used by the government it is now an open source, multi-platform browser that is available to the public. The browser uses exit relays and encrypted tunnels to hide user traffic within the network, while leaving the end points more easily observable and without effect beyond the network boundaries.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON WEB PRIVACY
While you already enjoy many rights to privacy, you must also stay vigilant in the fight for it. This is especially true in our current era, as more and more of our life becomes digitized and new advancements leave us unknowingly susceptible to privacy lapses and provider misuse.
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