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When it comes to online surfing it becomes completely impossible to prevent companies from tracking you online. However, there are several things which can be done so that you can keep your personal information private.
When it comes to addressing privacy concerns it is advisable to use more than one tool. The following are the five places to start taking control of what companies know about your online activity:
- 1. USE ANTI-TRACKING AND AD-BLOCKING TOOLS
Anti-tracking extensions including Privacy Badger, Adblock Plus,Disconnect and Ghostery will keep trackers from collecting information from your browser as you search from website to website. They simply block the cookies, small files stored in your browser that basically help websites that you visit identify you. These extensions can block ads from loading on the websites that you visit and also identify third-party trackers.
- 2. USE A SEARCH ENGINE THAT DOES NOT TRACK YOU
Google seems to have data on everybody that uses their services. However, search engines like DuckDuckGo and Startpage tend to not save information about their users.
- 3. READ PRIVACY AGREEMENTS AND ADJUST YOUR SETTINGS
Firstly,make it a habit to read the terms of service agreement no matter whether your downloading the app,installing the software or signing up for an online account.
- 4. USE A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK
This will help you to keep the information that you share private and anonymous. VPN's basically prevent websites from collecting your IP address or actual geographic location.
- 5. BEWARE OF PHISHING SCAMS
Beware and do not open emails that seem suspicious or click on links when the sender of the email is unknown to you. Also do not engage with people whom you have no connections or do not know in real life.