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Internet Privacy Solutions That Actually Work and What Doesn’t

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Your ISP is able to monitor your Internet use very easily. In order to access a site, you have to go through the connection provided by your ISP, so it can see which connections you’re making.

So?

Internet Service Providers (ISP) like Comcast, AT&T, or Charter will be free to sell your personal information to the highest bidder without your permission — and no one will be able to protect you. The Federal Trade Commission has no legal authority to oversee ISP practices, and the bill ensures that the FCC cannot adopt “substantially similar” rules.

What can you do to protect your internet information, personal habits and surfing information?

What Doesn’t Work

  • Chrome Incognito Mode :: Incognito Mode simply prevents Chrome from storing any browsing data on your computer after you’re done browsing (eg, it removes all Cookies, History, and Cache used in the Incognito session).
  • Using Firefox Browser :: Firefox won’t save things like your browsing history, searches or cookies.
  • Avoiding Social Media :: Social media sites collects your data; however it will not stop your ISP collecting information. It doesn’t matter if you look at puppy videos on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or email … your ISP knows.
  • Proxy Server ::  When you use a proxy, your ISP knows you’re using a proxy — they see you connect to it. However, depending on which proxy you use, they may not know where the connection ultimately ends up. For example, some people use proxies when trying to hide illegal downloading, not realizing that the ISP monitors usage and knows how much information people are uploading and downloading at any given time.

What Works, For Now

  • VPN :: This is a powerful and best option. Using a VPN all your ISP see is that your sending and receiving a bunch of data from a place in Texas, London or even China. they have no clue what’s going through it, provided the VPN is encrypted.
      • VPNgates encrypts all your connections creating secure “tunnel” between machines. Using a VPNgates is an excellent way to not only make the connection easier for the end user but also to secure the communications. The second reason is that you want to encrypt ALL of your traffic leaving some location. The tunnel can be set up, by using a regular or transparent proxy, to transfer all of your Internet data via that tunnel.
  • Secure Browser :: Fans of privacy use a secure browser in combination of an VPN – Using Tor through a VPN has some advantages, the most major being that it hides the fact that you’re using Tor from your ISP. Moreover, adding extra non-Tor traffic through the VPN helps to obfuscate Tor usage, and therefore prevents traffic analysis to a certain extent.
  • HTTPS :: All URLs go out over and open connection, so your ISP can see what sites you’re visiting and the page you’re accessing. If the URL happens to specify HTTPS, like a bank, then the response is encrypted, so they can’t grab the contents of the page being downloaded. If the page includes an embedded stream, that’s a separate HTTP request, and what I just said applies to that interaction separately.
      • HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.

Secure Browsers

  • Cocoon :: Every site you visit gets run through our secure servers first. No information is revealed about you, your IP address, your Internet service provider, or your geographic location. Websites only “see” Cocoon servers, not your computer.. When you log into Cocoon everything you do is encrypted. Your browsing history, personal information, passwords used on Websites, are all protected, and you’re the only one with the key. Cocoon’s encryption even protects you from hackers at open WiFi access points such as coffee shops and airports.
  • Tor Browser :: Tor encrypts your traffic your ISP can’t see your HTTP requests, so the ISP can’t see what websites you’re trying to download. Tor is frequently cited as an alternative to using a VPN. Tor can’t solve all anonymity problems. It focuses only on protecting the transport of data. You need to use protocol-specific support software if you don’t want the sites you visit to see your identifying information. For example, you can use Tor Browser while browsing the web to withhold some information about your computer’s configuration.
  • Epic :: Browser has strips out every conceivable feature to maximise privacy. It’s rather like using a minimalist Google Chrome with the Google. Cookies and trackers are eliminated after each session, all searches  are proxied through the firm’s own servers (which means there is no way to connect an IP address to a search), and it attempt to  prioritise SSL connections wherever possible., useful for open Wi-Fi connections. It does not collect data about its users and comes with excellent built-in ad blocking.
  • Dooble :: This browser is a lean Chromium-based multi-platform (Windows, Linux, OS X) browser that won’t be for everyone despite its privacy features. In its default state it disables insecure interfaces such as Flash and Javascript which will make it difficult to use with a lot of sites but might be worth it for its stripped-down approach. The browser assumes the user wants to travel incognito from the off, while HTTPS can be enforced and third-party session cookies in iFrames blocked. The handling of cookies is unusually granular.

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