How to keep yourself anonymous on web
So, you think no one is watching while you send that email, check your Facebook, or take the latest Buzz Feed Quiz on the internet? Think again! From crafty criminals looking for a fresh identity to commercial services scouring our browsing behavior for sale to data gathering companies, we are never anonymous on the web. One visit to a website and these watchers can gather everything from your general location, details about your phone and computer, and copies of the pages you view. Visit the wrong site and advertising cookies are discretely installed on your computer to further track your internet actions.
Collecting your private browsing information is big business and companies pay third-party data scrapers big bucks to track and analyze consumer interests. These results directly influence advertising strategies designed to make you click on more ads and visit more pages which makes them rich. Consumers must take the initiative to protect themselves from this unwanted invasion of privacy.
Fortunately, the average person can take steps to protect their online autonomy. While no page on the internet can get a lock of a user’s identity, websites can access consumer data stored through browser plug-ins associated with the internet account’s IP address. These media-playing plugin applications such as Flash are designed to send not only the information needed to say, watch a video. They are programmed to send any available information it can grab from the computer, including intimate details about your browsing behavior. Worse, the plugin application may deposit an electric “cookie” into your system which sets up a portal to send even more information through.
To guard against the prying eyes of data scouring phishers while browsing the web, consumers can protect their privacy in a variety of ways including:
The use of a secondary web such as Chrome browser for use for anonymous activity only and set the system to wipe away cookies with each close of the browser
The use anonymizing Web-based proxy to act as a buffer between your computer and the internet to hide your identity
Getting complete protection by utilizing a VPN, or virtual private network to not only hide all internet activity, but to remove all traces of its origin
While each option has benefits to securing your privacy, the virtual private network is the only one with the benefit of encryption. This means that even if data collecting trolls were able to retrieve data from the computer, it would be unusable.
- The Problem with Web Proxies
The VPN protects consumers and businesses in two ways. In addition to the encryption feature which “scrambles” data captured by scouring programs, it also provides a decoy physical location. As a browser, your actual IP address is replaced by one assigned by the VPN. This allows your private information to remain safe. Unlike the Web-based proxy server that knows the actual location of your computer through its IP address, the VPN keeps this information hidden from all third parties.
At first glance, web proxies appear to be an easy solution to the data scouring problem. Non-tech savvy consumers are enticed by their proposed ease of use. With promising features such as the ability to encrypt connection information and block cookies, these free downloads are popular quick fixes. However, the promise of such free proxies such as “Hide My Ass” offer slow data speeds, hidden advertising, and difficult access of the web. Additionally, new web proxy downloads are offered daily. Until it is installed and in use on your computer, it is impossible to tell if it is a legitimate subscriber service or a decoy created by someone looking to steal your private information.
- Why a VPN is The Safest Bet for Privacy
For the best anonymity while surfing the web, the security offered by a virtual private network, or VPN, offers safety and speed without the risks of downloading a dangerous application. Our premium VPN will not only mask your IP address from being exposed, but also works without recording server logs which can be compromised by data collectors.
What else makes our VPN the best option in securing internet security? Our unique system does not connect to the internet, but to the server of the website you are browsing. This protects your information as the data in your request is bounced through a series of random relay points before arriving at the final destination. With each bounce, the VPN generates a new encryption key to your log information adding several layers of added protection.
- Available VPN Safety Features
The VPN provides the highest level of privacy to business and individuals looking to secure their private information on the internet. Each VPN is designed for your needs and can be customized with advanced security protocols such as:
Secure Sockets Layer and Transport Layer Security: More commonly referred to as SSL and TLS, these two components work together to block the transmission of data on web pages with URL addresses of https://. This universal signal triggers these protocols to initiate security procedures without sacrificing the speed of the loading page.
L2TP and IPsec: These two protocols work together while one component creates the connection tunnel and the other encrypts your data.
IP Packet Encryption: IPSec operates in two modes. The first encrypts the data packet message while the other encrypts the packet for double security.
Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP): For those using a wide variety of operating systems, this safety protocol does not encrypt log on data, but instead tunnels to protect the data packet. While this option is not as fool proof as the others, it offers speed and flexibility for those with more than one system.
The Secure Shell: This heavy-duty protocol creates a tunnel for all information sent to a web page then creates encryption for the tunnel itself. This option is best for those who commonly access the web remotely through specified ports.
No matter what level protection you need for your home office or business, contact us today for information on building your own customized VPN and protect your safety while browsing the internet.