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Tips for private web browsing

In light of all of the news about private data being shared, social media abuse, and other concerns keeping your data protected from prying eyes, I’ve come up with a few simple tips to keep your web browsing more private:


  1. Consider “private browsing” or “incognito mode” for your web browser. When you browse privately, the browser won’t save your browsing history, cookies and site data, or information entered informs.  Once the browser is closed, the data associated with that browsing session is gone.  For tips on how to set up private browsing, simply search for “Incognito Mode” or “Private Browsing” in your favorite search engine.


  1. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) service can encrypt all of your web traffic. This is one of the best ways to stay anonymous online and to secure your web traffic. If you are concerned about what happens in transit with your data, a VPN can be an excellent option.


  1. Set up unique profiles for shared devices. Are other people using your device?  If so, it might be worth setting up unique profiles for other users so that data, such as browsing history, is segregated.


  1. Use caution when working in a public environment. Don’t fall for social engineering hacks by browsing for sensitive data in a place where others can physically snoop on you.


  1. Keep your security tools and browsers updated. Even if you are using the right configurations, an out-of-date product can make those configurations worthless.


Anyone who is concerned about keeping their browsing private can implement these techniques, even on home devices.  Contact us to learn more!


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