Staying anonymous online is a lot easier than you might think, here are seven simple tips guaranteed to help keep you and your data safer online.
1. Keep it Simple
Unless absolutely required, do not disclose any private, or personally identifiable information when you sign up with a website. Create a throwaway email address using a free email service, and only fill in information that is required. If you feel a website is asking for more information than they need to perform a service, just walk away.
2. Do not Go Phishing for Trouble
Email phishing and website traps can make a mess of your efforts to stay anonymous. Be wary of suspicious emails that ask you to reset passwords or ask for account information, familiarize yourself with phishing signs. Mouse-hover over URL’s and links in emails, or right-click, copy and paste them into notepad to see where they lead before you click them. Be sure that they’re taking you to official websites.
3. Eye Spyware
You’re a target for Spyware (malicious software planted on your computer that scoops up data). To protect your computer, you should enable Microsoft Windows Defender, or a similar program with a good reputation. Run scans on your PC at least once a week (or why not every night before bedtime?)
4. Use a VPN
Everyone on the ‘Net should use a VPN. Just about every website attempts to identify your visits and track your history and general location as soon as you connect to them. To browse the web anonymously, a VPN is the best tool in your arsenal.
5. Be Safe on the Road
When you take the proper precautions, you can keep anonymous even when using public connections, such as schools, cafes, work, or libraries. Public WiFi hotspots are generally unsafe, but a VPN encrypts your data and provides a safe, disposable IP address when you use someone else’s connection.
6. Incognito or Private Mode
Some type of incognito or private mode is offered by most browsers these days. Understand the limits of the private browsing offered by your browser. This will keep you locally anonymous, though it will not protect you from the government, snoops and other third parties.
7. Do Your Due Diligence