How To Avoid Online Tracking
28 April 22
It’s no secret that each and every one of us are tracked online. Whether you like it or not, it’s pretty much inevitable unless you completely cut off using the internet. However, there are some measures you could take to minimize the extent to which you are being tracked online. Let’s talk about them.
Don’t allow websites to save cookies
You know that annoying message that asks for permission to track your cookies? Yes, the one most people blindly just click “accept” to. When you give a website permission to track your cookies, you’re basically allowing it to collect data on your activity, purchase history, browsing habits, etc. Next time you see this message, click reject.
Use a VPN
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a great tool that provides you with more privacy online. Whenever you use the internet, your IP (Internet Protocol) address is exposed. This means whoever wants to know your digital location can find it out. But when you have a VPN on, it will encrypt your traffic and hide your IP address, making you more anonymous online.
Avoid public Wi-Fi
While public Wi-Fi can be a lifesaver in many cases, especially when you’re traveling, be cautious when using it. Using public Wi-Fi makes you more susceptible to hacking attacks and cybercriminals, who want to track your data. Therefore, it’s best to avoid using it altogether. But if it’s absolutely necessary, you can stay safer on public Wi-Fi by using a VPN.
Set your devices to “Do Not Track”
This may seem like a simple tip, but it’s often overlooked. Go to your browser settings and enable “Do Not Track” to ensure websites don’t keep data on you. While it’s not guaranteed the websites will honor your request, it’s still always great to try.
Use private search engines
No, we’re not talking about Incognito mode, as it’s not always effective. Instead, use private search engines like DuckDuckGo. These will ensure to keep all your searches private and help you avoid targeted advertising.