In times like today where every step we take on the internet is used to manipulate and influence us, it’s almost impossible to stay off the radar online. Not just our internet service provider knows what we do online but also the government and social media sites. Every time we search or surf the internet ad networks and apps keep track of our browsing habits and then use that information to influence choices. It’s a vicious network where no one is protected. If that was not bad enough you are susceptible to all kinds of cyber bullying and hackers who can easily use your information for malicious reasons. Although you can take a few steps to make sure you hide your digital footprint as much as possible and keep your identity and information secure and private.
Private Browser Care
It’s a one-stop solution tool that you can download on your device to keep your privacy and security. When you start using it, you will never have to worry about clearing your browsing history. It’s a great app for android users that comes in handy to clear browsing history after it is enabled. The app is easy to use and makes your browsing experience safe and secure. You can access multiple tabs on it and once you exit the app, your digital footprint will be gone. All your activity data will be removed along with the passwords, cookies, cache, and history. This doesn’t mean it’s not tabbed browsing i.e., you are only deleting your internet activity from your device and not from keeping it hidden from your internet service provider or websites you go to. However, it is safe from marketing agencies as your data is not saved and clears out every time you exit the app after using it.
Use VPN Service
VPN or virtual private network can keep browsing history safe and secure. It creates a tunnel for your internet traffic which will hide your browsing history from your ISP. Most of the VPN providers which are available for free are not really reliable as they can sell your browsing activity to ad companies and are quite shady. It’s best to use a VPN that has high reviews and offers a subscription plan along with advanced security features. Service like wireguard is a good option and guardian mobile firewall which is an app that lets you surf the internet securely without even letting the owners of the app know about it. VPN providers like Nord VPN, Express VPN, CyberGhost, etc are efficient and reliable when it comes to secured internet browsing and to keep your identity private.
Many people don’t know this but one of the popular things to browse securely is HTTPS. It will secure your connection from your phone or computer to the website you are visiting. It makes it impossible for anyone to see your browsing activity and to hack your internet data. Whenever your browser shows a padlock or flashes in green it means HTTPS encrypted your connection between your computer and the website. It will protect you even while using public wifi. Keep in mind some of the websites do not have the HTTPS-enabled so it’s better to use tools like HTTPS Everywhere which is a browser extension that will automatically make websites load HTTPS. It is easy to use and lightweight tool that everyone should use to browse securely.
Keep Your Private Browsing On
Just go to your Google Chrome and switch to ‘incognito browsing’ that will ensure the sites you visit will not appear on your browsing history. However, that doesn’t mean you are safe from other sites that can collect and share your information. Your activity will not be stored only by Google Chrome as it will erase all the cookies once you close the window. It’s easy to use if you are trying to hide your browsing history from people around you. For Firefox, just turn on the private browsing and keep ‘do not track’ on. For Apple users, go to the settings then safari and enable private browsing. Using this will help you hide your browsing history but that doesn’t mean it will not keep track of your online behavior. If you want a secured browsing history then use a search engine like duckduckgo which doesn’t save and track your internet activity.
Anonymizer Or Tor
Anonymizer will hide your IP address making sure you are browsing privately and no one can see your activity no matter where you are from or what network you are on. Tor which is another software that is available for free will help you keep your identity anonymous while surfing the internet. It will also keep you out of reach from internet surveillance and ensures anonymity. You can find tor on torproject.org and download it from there.
We have mentioned above a few points on how to keep browsing history safe. If you have any questions and suggestions, feel free to mention them in the comments section below.