How to Keep Your Identity Safe on the Internet
Just surfing on the Internet exposes information about you to everyone
from your employer (if you're using the web from work) through the
people who run the sites you visit. Things such as your IP address and
are known by servers, the content you're looking at, and
sometimes even the content you have looked at.
legitimately be used to track your location on an individual web site.
Cookies can also be used to see where you have been, which ads have
been displayed on your machine, and let businesses know your age, sex,
name and even address and phone number.
What is Anonymous Browsing?
Anonymous browsing, as its name implies, allows users to connect to
web sites, view their content, search, blog, etc. without letting the
sites they're visiting know anything about them that isn't necessary.
Watch out for filling out forms, though -- you can still give away
Anonymous Browsing services use Proxy
Services which allow a user's web browser to connect via an
encrypted link to a server at the service provider's location. That
server, in turn, re-issues the request to the appropriate site. The
site's response is then sent back to the user's web browser via the
encrypted link. The whole session is completed without the actual
destination's web server being aware of who the requestor is.
Once your session is going through one of these anonymous services, it
is completely out of your control. You have to trust the service to
always provide you with the page you want, to not keep track of your
browsing habits, nor would you want it to pass along any of this
information to third parties. Some of these proxy services have
been known to be launching grounds for hackers to gain control of
unsuspecting user's PCs.
How to Keep Your Identity Safe
Use a good anonymous service.
Check out Webveil.com
They provide a free list with ratings of some of the top anonymous web
services on the web.
Set your browser's
cookie settings to only allow cookies to be set and read by the
domain which created them.
Only visit trusted sites. Review the data use policies of every site
you use to make sure that they don't share information.
Visit your browser's cookies review often & delete cookies that don't
look reasonable. Get
a cookie removal program to keep your cookies clean.