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Monday, May 9, 2016

Protecting Your Online Privacy Part 2

Setting Up Your Browser for Better Privacy

In my last post we examined why online privacy should be important to you. The first thing you can do to help protect your online privacy is to change your browser settings. If you're using a PC, Firefox would be a good browser to start with, since you can request that sites do not track you. Please note that this option is not enabled by default, and it is only a request; websites do not have to honor it. If you would like to know how to change privacy options in another browser please leave me a comment and I will write a post on it.
 


You can download Firefox at https://www.mozilla.org 

And here is a good article on PC World that will guide you through setting your privacy settings: PC World FireFox Privacy Settings

Since the do not track requests may not be honored by the websites you vist, you may want to consider some stronger online privacy options. Two options are using third party browser add-ons or using Tor browser, which purposefully hides your identity from other computer. I will explain these options in future blog posts, as well as some of the pros and cons.


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