How to Browse the Internet Anonymously?
Every time you use your browser, it keeps a list of the websites you use. You can see this list in the browser’s history setting. This might not seem important to you if you have never researched the question of where your data goes. It is being sent to Facebook and Google and other big companies. This is the way they learn about your views and interests.
Have you ever used Facebook advertising? If you haven’t, then you should know that when placing an ad, you are given the option to set your target audience. You can, for instance, target men, ages 18 and 35, and are interested in retro cars. After you place your ad, it will only be shown to this target audience. This might not sound like a big deal when you are advertising retro cars. But there are people out there that want to target by political views or religious views, and this mechanism can even be set up in a way to discriminate by race and gender. If you care about your private browsing history being private, there are a couple of things that you can do to improve it.
• How Secure is the Incognito Mode?
Almost every browser nowadays has a security mode built-in into it. You can use it when you want to leave no trace of your browsing, so the next person who uses the computer won’t see it. This might be the case you are looking for an engagement ring, or you are accessing your medical records or for other reasons. With Incognito mode, the cache, browsing history and cookies are attached to the session. Once you close the browser’s private window, all of that will be deleted. But it is worth noting that Incognito mode is not anonymous. Your ISP (Internet Service Provider) will still know the websites that you visit.
Some browsers are better in deleting incognito session data than others. That data can be restored by a software recovery program. The best way to make sure that incognito DNS cache is deleted is to use the following commands:
For MacOsX v10.10.4 or later: sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder
For Windows: ipconfig/flushdns
• Best Browsers for Internet Privacy
It is not surprising to find out that the Google Chrome browser has the major user base with more than 60% of people using it. But Chrome has a history of issues with trackers, ads, and other security flaws. The following are the best alternatives to Chrome in 2020:
1. Brave Browser
Brave is a relatively new browser but gaining more followers every day. It is fast and secure, and it blocks ads and trackers. Besides the benefits of better privacy, the loading speed is also a great advantage for the users of Brave. It is faster than Chrome and Firefox. Brave lets you use built-in Tor and use it in a private window.
The Firefox browser has been a great alternative to Chrome for a long time. It is free and open-source. It is fairly secure by itself, but what makes it great are the security settings that can make it even more secure.
The Epic browser is using private browsing mode by default. The unique feature of Epic is its free built-in VPN.
This is probably one of the most famous browsers when it comes to anonymity and security. It is mainly popular because of its ability to hide IP addresses when browsing the internet.
Epic, Chrome, and Brave are based on Chromium – an open-source web browser. If you are a programmer and privacy-rights campaigner, you can always try and make your own browser by using the open-source code.
• Steps to Improve Online Privacy
For everyone interested, it is a public secret that Facebook and Google are spying on you. Facebook is doing it through the like button, but it is also silently spying on you through all the apps that you use. Any app that is using the Facebook SDK has built-in functionality to send user-related data to Facebook. Lets also not forget that Instagram, Messenger, and Whatsapp are owned by Facebook.
Google is supervising virtually every website on the internet through Google Analytics. It can easily identify all websites that you visit. It is worth mentioning that Google has improved its transparency in terms of how they use your data and has given users the option to delete their data history.
The best thing to do to enhance your privacy is to install as many browsers as you can. Use different browsers for different activities. You can use one browser for Facebook-related applications and use another browser for Google-related applications like YouTube, Gmail and Google search. Those being said, it is also essential to use different search engines.