Here are five extremely easy ways to protect your online privacy.
The Onion Routing (TOR)
The Onion Routing or TOR is a technique that protects you by hiding you behind a vast network of encrypted layers. The web traffic, both incoming and outgoing has to go through so many layers that it cannot be traced back to its origin. TOR is the most secure tool out there. It is widely used by political dissidents and whistleblowers. In fact, Edward Snowden has also recommended using TOR.
There are TOR extensions available and also its own browser called the TOR Browser. Ironically, in some countries the access to TOR’s website where you can download the browser is banned. For this, you can use a VPN.
There is a difference between browsing anonymously and using the internet anonymously. Browsing is only surfing related, what if you have to download something via torrent? What if you don’t want an anonymous IP, you want to throw your attackers off by faking an IP from another country? – All this is achieved by VPN or Virtual Private Network.
There are hundreds of services you can find. VPN is by far the best technique to access banned content and bypass government restrictions. To know more about the various affordable VPN services on the web check out VPNTrends.
DNS leak testing
VPN pretty much take cares of hiding your IP, but your identity and tentative location can still be traced by your DNA traffic. There are websites like DNALeakTest.com that allow you to check if your DNS is leaking information. If there is a leak, website will direct you how to fix a DNA leak and you will be good to go.
Installing virtual machines
Internet and browsers in particular are not the only playgrounds for hackers. Your privacy can be compromised with a simple PDF or Word file. To prevent this, you should identify suspicious looking files. Then install a virtual machine in your computer, disable the internet to ensure that the VM is completely disconnected the rest of the PC and then open the file.
If you find the files malicious or strange, delete them immediately but they cannot affect you as long as you are opening them in VM, so no harm done there.
Tails operating system
Tails is an operating system that runs directly from a CD or USB stick. The goal is to keep everything private and safe without harming the original operating system that might contain sensitive data. Tails has a built in encryption system, web traffic is routed by TOR, you will not be required to use any of your existing OS features. It is a good all-in-one package which is very easy to use. Tails is not recommended for a shared PC as it can tacked with a key logger, rendering all your efforts pointless.