Eight Ways You Can Hide Your Online Identity
By Wendy Boswell as written on websearch.about.com
How to Surf the Web Anonymously and Hide Your Tracks
Would you like to be a little bit more anonymous when surfing the Web? You can be with the following simple tips that will help you hide your identity online.
Why is this important? More people than ever before in history are going online, and with that, there are increasingly more security concerns. It's smart and makes sense to take time to learn more cautious Web browsing habits as we'll talk about in this article, in addition to the information below:
Protect Your Web Privacy: Web privacy is something that should be a top priority for anyone spending time on the Internet. A few common sense tips can make the difference between staying safe and private online....or not.
Hackers - Are They Good or Bad?: The news brings us stories of systems, governments, and corporations being hacked into by highly skilled programmers every day. Are these exploits always hostile? Or are they meant to be for the greater good? About.com shows you the difference between good and bad hackers, as well as a list of famous hackers that have done some pretty amazing (albeit somewhat infamous) things.
How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online: This generation is growing up with the Internet, but there are still plenty of safety risks. Learn how to protect your kids from cyberbullying, sexting, and other inappropriate Web
Anonymous Web Surfing
Be invisible on the Web with anonymous surfing. Learn about anonymous surfing, what anonymous surfing is, why you might be interested in surfing anonymously, how much information is easily learned about you via your Web surfing habits, anonymous proxies and services, and more.
Hide Your Search Habits
Don't want anyone seeing what you're searching for? Search engines (and other people that use your computer) can and do keep records of searches - here's a few ways you can keep your searching history private.
Avoid Intrusive Registrations
Don't want companies to know your information? If you're as tired as I am of sites forcing you to go through registration just to view their content, than BugMeNot is for you. It's easy to use and makes life much simpler, not to mention it's a good guard of your online privacy and enables you to surf anonymously.
Use a Junk Email Account To Handle Signups
For many years now, every time I absolutely have to give my email address online, I've used a fake, temporary, or junk email address that I don't mind being filled up with spam. For instance, say you want to sign up for a contest and don't want your "real" email addy spammed; well, you just get an email address for that contest and that contest only. There are plenty of places you can grab a free email account from on the Web; I've listed a few of my favorites that will help you conceal your online identity.
Use RSS To Hide Your Tracks
Instead of flitting all over the Web to visit your favorite sites, you can hide your tracks a bit better with the anonymous power of RSS technology - you'd be surprised at how much you can do with RSS.
Protect Yourself From Dangerous Malware
One of the easiest ways for you to get tracked online is through malicious software applications (malware) that watch what your computer is doing. You can get rid of these with free spyware removal tools.
Practice Common Sense Web Safety
A lot of the traps that people get caught in online could be avoided with some common sense Web safety. Use my Safe Search Checklist to keep yourself from being tracked online.
Upgrade Your Facebook and Social Media Privacy Settings
Online Privacy: You Are In Charge
Never underestimate the power you have to make sure your safety online is not compromised.
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