Anonymous Browsing

  • What does my search history reveal about me?
  • How can I change my browser settings to keep my internet activity more private?
  • How do the websites I visit keep track of what I do?
  • Is there an upside to tracking?

Consider these questions as you review the examples below.

With the public’s rising concern for online privacy, the search for anonymity online is more pressing than ever. Despite high demand, so far it has proven impossible to truly browse anonymously. Using a Tor-browser maybe the next best option, but this may come with higher rates of surveillance.

A first step toward taking control of your digital identity is to manage your browser history and adjust preferences to your desired level of privacy. Digital Tattoo made a online tutorial which you can view here. Additionally, users can take steps to control their cookies online;  these are small pieces of code that are stored on your machine and identify you to the websites you visit. Cookies can be managed by using browser settings. Additionally browser extensions like Adblock Plus, Ghostery and Do Not Track me directly block website cookies from storing information about you.

Watch our Think Before You Ink video below to learn about about online cookies and internet advertisements.

Cookies are essential to keep track of individual actions on a website. They  make it convenient to do what we need to do on the internet.  For example, they allow Amazon or YouTube to store info about your browsing history and previous purchases or viewing habits so they can make recommendations for you. Cookies associate data you have submitted to online forms with your unique ID, so that you don’t have to re-enter that info every time you visit the site. They also make it possible for website analytics (like Google Analytics) to track user behavior so that web administrators can make better decisions about design improvements based on statistics. The Digital Tattoo site uses Google Analytics to help us learn about your interests and make improvements to the site. Cookies allow you to earn badges on the site. Please read our privacy policy for the details.

  • Cookies are necessary for site personalization (such as Google Chrome, MSNBC, BBC or Netvibes) and to participate in many online activities that require tracking of your behavior (like badging). Many browser extensions let the user choice which (if any) cookies to approve.
  • Your computer keeps a record of the websites you visit. Your internet history is a chronological list of URLs you’ve visited (which can also be arranged by frequency of use). Your computer also stores temporary internet files from individual websites you access.
  • If somebody else has access to your computer (physically, through cookies, or by hacking) they will be able to find out which sites you visit. This could be a problem if you save your password on your favorite sites since an attacker might be able to visit the site and pose as you.
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