How To Keep Anonymous On The Internet
Here are some ways to keep your internet private
Nowadays, everything we do is being tracked online whether you like it or not. And there is no real way of not having a digital footprint. But we may as well give it a good shot at being as private as possible. So here’s are some ways of getting that little bit more peace of mind.
Number 1 — Using Linux or a virtual machine
Using Linux, of almost any type, can really help keep your privacy. Since it’s all open source, it’s not all going to some big corporation and can also help you with viruses. Since a lot less people use Linux compared to say windows or MacOS, people who make malware don’t bother making it for Linux because more people use different things.
And it’s not just privacy that Linux can help with.
You get so much more personalization and it’s more efficient using terminals that clicking on everything when you memorized certain commands. Linux is very popular with programmers because of the privacy and it just being a lot more secure in general. And another really good use of Linux is for servers as there’s basically no windows style updates which makes it great for not crashing. Finally, one of the best uses is to revive computers. Old computers cannot handle newer OS well but certain distributions of Linux are really lightweight, making older computers a lot faster.
Number 2 — Using a private browser and search engine
In the current world, there are a lot more private browsers and search engines. For browsers there are Firefox, brave and Tor. Tor is more well known as a dark web browser but it does have privacy, giving it that reputation.
So what secure search engines are there to pair with the internet browser? Well, there are many, though some can be slower than non private search engines like google. DuckDuckGo and WolframAlpha are great options.
There are a lot more so I would highly recommend looking into it further and seeing if your browser supports it.
Number 3 — Stop giving away so much information
In the current social media world, we happily give away essential and very personal information about ourselves. We’ll willingly give away email addresses, home addresses, postcodes, etc.
We need to stop giving away things so important. Try to give the websites you use the least amount of information possible.
Number 4 — Make Secure Passwords
Yes. You need to stop having the same generic password for all of your websites. Make a rule to make unique and complex passwords and follow it for all the websites you use or have an account on.
Number 5 — Read The User Agreements and TOS
I know. These agreements are sooooo long. It takes forever to look at them but taking the time can really help in looking for what you can and can’t do. And if you haven’t got the time for that, you can easily use ctrl + F to find the main points you want to look at.
Overall, it’s really hard to become completely anonymous, and you’ll almost always have a digital footprint, but you can always try to get some privacy.