Now that so much of normal life revolves around the internet, the privacy of each and every one of us is at risk. Advertisers, service providers, and governments all around the world are increasingly interested in tracking every single movement we make online. Whether you’re a whistle blower, a political dissident, or simply someone who hates the idea of third-parties scrutinizing your surfing habits, there’s a wealth of tools available to keep prying eyes off of your web traffic.
In this post, we’re highlighting 20 ways to increase your online privacy. Some methods are significantly more extreme than others, but if you’re serious about maintaining your privacy, these tips will help shield your actions and data from snoops.
Of course, internet security is a topic in and of itself, so you’re going to need to do some reading to remain thoroughly protected on all fronts. And remember, even the most careful among us are still vulnerable to imperfect technology and well-executed social engineering. You might think that you have nothing to hide, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the benefits of online privacy. It’s a lot easier to shove your fingers in your ears, and pretend like the NSA and your ISP aren’t watching every move you make. But what you browse is your business, and your business alone. Now is the time to stand up for yourself, and take back your privacy.
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