Today, privacy during online surfing has become a concern for many people. Whether you want to keep your bank details safe and secure or you don’t want targeted ads or you simply don’t want others to see your browsing history, there can be many reasons why you would want to anonymously surf the Internet.
Here are the different ways you can take when it comes to Internet hiding:
- Go incognito
One of the simplest and easiest ways to anonymously browse the Internet is to go “incognito”. On Google Chrome, all you have to do is click on the three vertical dots on the top right corner of the browser, and click on “New Incognito Window”. This way, your browsing history will not be saved, and hence, will not appear as a search suggestion when you type in your search box. Third-party cookies also get blocked, while first-party cookies are automatically deleted after your browsing session.
If you are using Firefox, the same feature is called “Private Browsing”. It has the same effects on your privacy while surfing the net.
- Kill all your cookies
Another option to ensure privacy on the Internet is by killing off all your cookies. When you block third-party cookies, which are tiny text files that track movement between sites, you can stop tracking to a certain level, but not all kinds of tracking. You can kill third-party cookies by going to Privacy settings in your browser.
Killing Flash cookies or super cookies are the best way to make sure that your movements are not tracked. Such cookies are used by sites that have video content and can track movements even across different browsers. They even have the ability to regenerate third-party cookies that were previously killed. You can download CCleaner for free in order to kill off Flash cookies, as well as regular cookies.
- Use TOR for extreme anonymity
TOR browser ensures the best anonymity as it has a technology that enables your Internet traffic to be distributed through a huge network of TOR servers or nodes. This means that whichever website you visit can only see the IP address of the current or existing node. This makes it extremely difficult for anyone at all to track your Internet activities, but be careful, as your browsing will be slightly slowed down.
TOR can even be used to browse the Dark Web, which is not accessible using regular browsers. For another layer of anonymity, you can use a combination of TOR and VPN.