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 ‘private’ browser may be the next-best option, but may also come with increased 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. Browser extensions like Adblock Plus, Ghostery and Do Not Track me directly block website cookies from storing information about you.
Watch the video above to learn about about private browsing using the TOR client.
Have you thought about encrypting your email? Do you think it’d be useful for students?
What advantages can you see in using VPNs? Would you use a proprietary VPN service from your institution?
Would you be comfortable sharing your browsing history with others?