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. You can do the following things to restrict the amount of information you leave behind when browsing the web:
- What is TOR, and should I use it?
- How to encrypt your email
- DT: Web Trackers
- Why You Should Start Using a VPN
- Browser Extensions
- TOR Project
- Anonymous Web Browsing is Impossible
- Anonymous Browsing Hinders Online Dating Signals
- Facebook and TOR
- The Second Amendment Case for the Right to Bear Crypto | Motherboard (May 11, 2016)
The Digital Tattoo Project encourages critical discussion on topics surrounding digital citizenship and online identity. There are no correct answers and every person will view these topics from a different perspective. Be sure to complete the previous sections before answering the questions.
- Have you taken any steps to protect your online privacy?
- Would you be comfortable sharing your browsing history with others?