It’s what everyone (and their mother) seems to be talking about: online privacy! Here are 3 easy tricks to quickly improve your personal online privacy:
This is the first thing I recommend everyone to do: install Adblock plus (Firefox/Chrome). Adblock plus does what its name implies: it blocks ads from showing up on your browser. This makes for a much cleaner user experience, and if you do want to see ads on certain websites – it also allows you to mark specific websites as whitelisted so that blocks are not performed.
The next thing you should do, is let your cookies expire when you exit your browser – and disallow third-party cookies. This is very simple to do. Here’s the quick explanation for Chrome:
Go to your settings menu, and scroll to the bottom to click on “Show advanced settings.” Then, look for “privacy” and click on “content settings.” Now, check 2 things:
- “keep local data only until I quit my browser/for current session”
– “Block third-party cookies and site data”
I browse incognito in Chrome the majority of the time I spend online. It’s pretty much the same experience, except:
– all history is deleted once you close the browser
– all cookies are destroyed once you close the browser
– bookmarks and non-private history are preserved
How do you browse privately? It’s simple. Different browsers have different ways (and names) for browsing in private:
– Chrome: Click on file, select “new incognito window”
– Firefox: Click on orange menu, select “start private browsing”
– Internet Explorer: Click on settings (gear symbol top right corner), go to “safety” and select “InPrivate Browsing.”
There you go! 3 very simple ways to quickly make your internet experience much more private.