How to Protect Online Privacy

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Hello everyone,

I am new on 0P3N, but I love contributing to the community.

Let’s dive into the topic! How can we protect our online privacy through internet browsers with simple plugins and search engine settings?

Here’s where it gets good 😉

Firefox/Chrome/Opera

HTTPS Everywhere: This plugin is created by Tor Project and the Tor Browser team, as well as the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Its purpose is to recreate an HTTPS encrypted connection on websites.

Ghostery: This plugin can take over trackers, web bugs, pixels and beacons on websites. However, if you want them blocked completely, once they are overtaken by Ghostery, a simple click will block them until you no longer want them blocked. This ensures your web searching privacy is protected.

uBlock Origin: Like Adblock, it blocks every advertisement on the site (does not block specific company “ads” or pictures).  So, why is this special? Two reasons –

  1. It’s lighter than most other adblockers.
  2. It blocks remotely font and popups.

Chrome –

Stop Fingerprint: This plugin stops fingerprinting on sites.

Opera –

As well as their plugins, the web browser Opera has a personal VPN! Yep, you heard me. It’s a powerful and FREE VPN. So, if you combine Opera plugins with the VPN, you should be able to stay private and secure.

P.S. If you are a security maniac, you can download “NoScript” which will block JavaScript code and prevent JS from running on websites that use it. However, it’s important to note that some non-malicious websites (like Cybrary for example) use JS to make the overall user experience better. Just something to keep in mind depending on the website you’re on.

 

Search Engine

Now, everyone knows the famous (or infamous depending on your opinion) Google search engine. It’s helpful no doubt, but what if you don’t want to be tracked? Don’t you want some kind of privacy, and to protect your data? You don’t want to leisurely surf the web at a high speed without feeling like you have to use Tor or Proxies? Here’s my advice to you –

DuckDuckGo: DDG is a search engine, created by Gabriel Weinberg, that doesn’t track you.  It also has a “Tor Onion URL” so that you can combine Tor with DDG to stay anonymous from end-to-end. And, who wouldn’t love an SE with a Duck logo?

Disconnect.me: If we hate the ducks, there is another search engine that keeps our data private! Disconnect.me is the default search engine on the Tor browser and it protects your data with its VPN (in the PRO version) and blocks every tracker and request by third parties.

Now that you’ve made it to the end, what do you think? Hopefully, this was helpful to you and you have a better idea of internet surfing and how to increase privacy and security while online.

Thanks for reading!

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16 Comments
  1. Interesting… Thnx for sharing

  2. this was really useful thank you.

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