By now everyone who uses the Web for anything other than watching cat videos knows that protecting our privacy online is more important than ever. (Come to think of it, even those cat video sites might be tracking you.) This is true even if you're certain your six-year-old would be safe visiting the sites in your browser history.
On the other hand, if you're not sure why you would ever need to hide your browsing history, here's a nice article from Lifehacker with nine reasons to keep your browsing private even if you don't visit NSFW (not-safe-for-work) sites. Here's an article from Wonderhowto with five more.
How to protect your privacy online
- In AdBlock, subscribe to the EasyPrivacy filter list, which blocks trackers that follow you across the Web, and disable the Acceptable Ads filter list, which includes some tracking.
- Browse in incognito or private mode:
- How to go incognito in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer on Windows (Microsoft Edge doesn't yet offer in-private browsing)
- How to use private browsing in Safari for Mac
- How to browse privately on your Android device
- How to use private browsing on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
- Be sure to enable AdBlock for incognito or private browsing!
- Use a paid VPN (virtual private network).
- Here's a list from Consumer Reports of 66 ways you can protect your online privacy.
- To assure your online privacy is as protected as it can possibly be, use these best practices and tools.