As a responsible, privacy-savvy Internet user – you don’t want to give away your personal information that easily. No matter what the Big Tech wants you to believe, your privacy is your right and you shouldn’t take it lightly. There is no need to offer more data than you have to. Cause, yes – the likes of Google and Facebook are watching every step you make online. And the same goes for various government agencies.
There are a few tools you could use to your advantage to protect your privacy on the Internet. We have compiled the list of three of them though the last (and most important) one is not exactly an “external” tool per se. You’ll see what we mean in a moment…
3. Web browsers with privacy features
Not all browsers are made equal. For start, you’ll want to avoid using Google’s Chrome as much as possible. Alternatives include:
Arguably the most popular alternative web browser, Opera is used by 350 million people all across the world. It works on virtually all devices and platforms, and is a very RAM-friendly app (unlike Chrome). As part of the Opera Experience, you get an integrated VPN and an ad blocker that will make for that much better (and secure) browsing experience. And the best part is that you can enable/disable VPN based on the website you’re visiting. Plus, there is an option to use a VPN only in Incognito mode.
Packing some serious privacy features, UR Browser also includes a VPN with unbreakable 2048-bit RSA encryption. An ad blocker is included as well to deliver a cleaner web browsing experience with no pesky ads to deal with. Also worth noting is that this is a very fast app, which we’re guessing has a lot to do with the way it handles memory — and it’s using way less RAM than Chrome and many other web browsers.
Epic Privacy Browser
In addition, we would also have to mention Brave and Apple’s Safari, which too offer a more privacy-focused experience than competing browsers. Plus, let us not forget many extensions that add a “dose of privacy” to Chrome and Firefox. You may want to try those first.
A good VPN could work even with a standard browser like Chrome and still keep your privacy well protected. It does that by routing all traffic coming to and from your devices through one of its servers. So when you access some website of Internet service, it will see you with the IP address of that server rather than the one provided by your ISP.
Speaking of ISPs, they can also track you online if you’re not using a VPN; with a VPN, they can’t see sh*t — all they know is that you’re communicating with some secure server (of your VPN provider). And since this is a secure connection (HTTPS) we’re talking about, they have no way to tell what you’re doing there.
But that’s not all, aside from encrypting all Internet traffic, some VPNs also pack ad blockers that — as you can guess — get you ad-free web pages. We are not necessarily suggesting you should use this capability — cause it’s the ads that pay for that free content — but it’s good to know there’s an option to do something with websites that have too many ads on their pages.
By all means, you should use a VPN — that’s what this entire website is all about — but, the number one Internet privacy tool is…
1. Your brain
That’s right. Your brain is the ultimate protector of your privacy.
What’s the use of a good VPN if you’re constantly sharing (location) updates on Facebook? You should think about what you’re doing and sharing online – it’s that simple. And this makes your brain the ultimate weapon in the effort of regaining your privacy.
Educate yourself about all the different privacy challenges we’re facing. Read about privacy and security leaks. Follow experts in this field and see if you can implement some of their advice. It’s really not that hard as most of it is common sense — which unfortunately isn’t always common practice.
To start, keep tuned to VPN Reports as we too are trying to help the wider audience in this bold goal of regaining our freedom on the Internet. Cause at the end of the day, that’s what this fight is all about – about the freedom to do whatever you want (as long as it’s legal) and not having to worry about anyone watching you. So stay tuned as we bring you more, ok?