Anonymity Online..

So the kids are safe from dodgy sites, thanks to the effort that you put in with your router setup (earlier post). Now how about keeping the rest of the family safe from prying eyes and those sites & agencies that like to know what people are up to…

Ever wondered when you’ve searched for say a new suitcase and the next site you visit on say carpet underlay, a ’popup’ of a holiday or a site that sells travel insurance pops up? Mildly irritating but an example of just one of the uses of your data.

What else is your data being used for:

Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) selling your Internet browsing records to marketers or anyone else willing to pay for it. Some ISPs typically say that they anonymise the data by not providing personally identifiable information, but this has proven incorrect. A full record of every site you visit, the text of every search you perform, and potentially userid and even password information can still be part of this data. In addition to your ISP, some websites (and search engines) you visit have their own logs, containing the same or more information.

Protect you and your privacy from unscrupulous marketers and identity thieves.

Download the Tor browser (search for Tor projects). It’s free and does the same as your internet browser, google chrome, firefox, safari etc except it adds all the clever bouncing your internet communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world making you blend in with millions of other internet users.